Monthly Archives: June 2015

ToAD Continues

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We’re heading into the last weekend of June and there’s all sorts of fun cycling events to fill your days. Are you looking for a fast paced crit or the opportunity to go all-out and test your mental and physical strength? If so, there are great road racing options. You may be looking to keep you efforts short but explosive. If so, head to the velodrome! Lastly, if you’re looking for an escape from the city, but still looking for a thrill ride, then it’s mountain biking for you! Pick your poison and have fun on your bike!

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –It’s the final few days of this year’s Tour of America’s Dairyland. There’s been a ton of great racing and this weekend the action will continue. Saturday is the Downer Classic in Milwaukee, which is a historic course. The final stage will be the East Tosa criterium, which has all the charm of a neighborhood race, but it’ll still be fast. For information on the Tour, click here.

ABR Illinois State 40K TT Championship – Looking to add a state championship to your cycling achievements? Plan to head out to Paw Paw, Illinois to compete on this challenging out and back course. Nothing worth having comes easy, so prepare to race hard to achieve your victory. For race details, click here.

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium II – Head out to the Ed Rudolph velodrome tomorrow for another round of sprints. The tournament is from 9AM until 2PM. For more information, click here.

Keirin Night – This coming Thursday, the featured race at Northbrook is the Keirin. This is an exciting race for competitors and spectators alike. Racing begins at 6:45PM. For track or schedule information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – Hitting the trails is a great way to get-away over the holiday weekend. You won’t actually have to travel far, as this event will be held on the trails at Palos. It’s always fun to get in a little off-road time and hanging out with a great bunch of ladies will make the experience even better. For details on the event, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Solstice

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The official start of summer is this Sunday, so, just as the racing is heating up, so too should the temps (I hope)! There’s plenty of riding and racing ahead. Check the listings below.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series kicked off yesterday with the Shorewood Criterium, and there’s plenty of racing ahead including several criteriums, a circuit race and a road race. This series also loops in several classic race courses, including Downer Ave in Milwaukee. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Scarlet Fire 30KTT – Located in Garden Prairie, this time trial course is a little rangy, but nothing too technical. For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Illinois & Wisconsin Junior State Track Championships – The junior track championships for both Illinois and Wisconsin will be tomorrow at the Ed Rudolph velodrome in Northbrook. There should be plenty of competition and larger fields of riders. For details on the event, click here.

Thursday Night Racing at Northbrook – This Thursday’s featured race is the Tomasz Pac Points race, sponsored by PACT-Dish Network Cycling. This is typically a longer points race, so endurance racers should be gearing up for a great event. For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR Illinois State 40K TT Championship – Looking to add a state championship to your cycling achievements? Plan to head out to Paw Paw, Illinois to compete on this challenging out and back course. Nothing worth having comes easy, so prepare to race hard to achieve your victory. For race details, click here.

Set a Goal:

Wolfgang Freitag 50K 2 Person TT – Plan ahead, find a partner and practice up for the upcoming 2 person time trial on Sunday, July 12. It’s a different effort than an individual time trial, but working with a teammate can be extremely rewarding. For details on the upcoming event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Midwest Challenge

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You might think the Midwest Challenge is having to deal with this miserable weather, but that’s not quite it. We may still be challenged by the weather, but we’re hoping things will clear up in enough time to get the track races underway in Indianapolis for the Midwest Challenge. Read on ahead for details on the road and track cycling events in our area.

Events:

Wisconsin State Criterium Championships – You may not be from Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t compete in their championship races (you just can’t be awarded the championship). Located southwest of Milwaukee, this 8 corner crit course is flat and fast. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Midwest Challenge- It’s a weekend full of high caliber track racing this weekend in Indianapolis. There are both mass start and timed events. For event details, click here.

Illinois & Wisconsin Junior State Track Championships – The junior track championships for both Illinois and Wisconsin will be held next weekend at the Ed Rudolph velodrome in Northbrook. There should be plenty of competition and larger fields of riders. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series begins Thursday, June 18. There are 11 stages throughout the state, which draw riders from around the country and beyond. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Scarlet Fire 30KTT – Located in Garden Prairie, this time trial course is a little rangy, but nothing too technical. For details on the event, click here.

Set a Goal:

Wolfgang Freitag 50K 2 Person TT – Plan ahead, find a partner and practice up for the upcoming 2 person time trial on Sunday, July 12. It’s a different effort than an individual time trial, but working with a teammate can be extremely rewarding. For details on the upcoming event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour of Galena & Keirin Racing

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It may be the first weekend in June, but it feels like April because of the chilly temps. Despite the roller coaster weather, the racing season is charging forward with lots of fun and adventure. Check the listings below for cycling events in our area.

 

Events:

Tour of Galena – The race begins today with a circuit race for the pro ½ fields. The remaining stages include a time trial, road race and a criterium. Riders can compete in the overall or each stage independently. This race is a great opportunity for all riders, as it has some challenging courses and great competition. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Event #2 –Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker, or just beginning, this series is perfect to get out and have fun on the trails in a non-competitive environment. Event #2 will be this Sunday at the Kettle, setting off from the John Muir trailhead. For more information, click here. Plan ahead for event #3, which will be at Palos on July 5!

Bong and a Half Time Trial – It’s back to the Bong course and this time it’s for a lap and a half. If you’re new to time trials or even a seasoned racer, you can always appreciate this course. All right turns, no turn-arounds and no crossing traffic. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Keirin Night at Northbrook – This coming Thursday, Northbrook’s featured race is the Keirin. This is a race where riders are paced up to speed by a motored vehicle, often a derny, after several laps, the derny pulls off and the race for the win begins. It’s an exciting race to participate in as well as spectate. Come out and check it out. For information on the racing, click here.

Midwest Challenge- Head to Indy for a weekend full of high caliber track racing. There are both mass start and timed events. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Wisconsin State Criterium Championships – You may not be from Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t compete in their championship races (you just can’t be awarded the championship). Located southwest of Milwaukee, this 8 corner crit course is flat and fast. For race information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series begins Thursday, June 18. There are 11 stages throughout the state, which draw riders from around the country and beyond. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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