Monthly Archives: September 2015

Road World Championships

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The UCI Road World Championships are underway in Richmond, Virginia. All week long top athletes from around the world have been competing in the time trial, team time trial and this weekend is the road circuit. It’s a huge honor to be hosting the event here in the states, and the US athletes are doing us proud! There are a few more opportunities to take home the coveted rainbow stripes. For details on all the action out east, click here.

Back home in Chicago, we’ve got a bit more road racing, while our neighbors to the north are hosts to this weekend’s cross racing action. Check the details below.

Events:

Fall Fling – The fall series continues at the DuPage Business Park, which is just across the street from the first week’s Pella Windows course. Saturday’s race is a circuit course, which is not too technical, but more rangy than your typical crit. Sunday’s course is a shorter version of Saturday’s course and includes a hairpin turn. The final day typically includes a bbq for all participants. Not a bad way to end the series! For race information, click here.

Cross-Shooshko –Looking to improve your technical cyclo-cross skills? Head just over the border to Milwaukee for this technically challenging course with rolling hills. It’s located in Kosciuszko Park, and now that you’ve mastered the name, challenge yourself to master the course. For race information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this race is located in Milwaukee and is part of the Wisconsin Cross series. If you’re looking to race cross, head north this weekend. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Series Race #2– Next week the series heads to the corn country of DeKalb, Illinois. The race course is located in Hopkins Park, and is familiar to many. It’s a figure 8 configuration with a flyover as its main feature. The course also includes a short section of single-track, some off camber sections and some open grassy sections. For race details, click here.

Al Stern Marathon Bicycle Road Race – If you’re looking to get some long and fast-paced road miles, this race is perfect for you. The course is located in Aroma Park and is part of the Two Rivers course held earlier this summer. The course is flat, but make no mistake, there will be wind! For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Autumnal Equinox

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The Equinox represents a time when night and day are nearly equal. This weekend, it seems there is a nearly equal distribution of types of cycling events in our area. Cross season is really gearing up, while the road season is winding down, but there is fun all-around and the weather is just about perfect. See the events below for all the ways to have fun on your bike in our area.

 

Events:

Fall Fling – The road season continues will this classic fall series. This weekend the series begins with a not-too-technical, four corner criterium at Pella Windows. On Sunday the series heads to Dekalb for a 9.5 mile time trial with two 180 degree turns. The series includes category fields as well as master’s fields for both men and women. If you’re not ready for the road season to be over, these races are a lot of fun. For race information, click here.

Rapha Pop-Up- Chicago – There’s been a lot of action on Halsted Street for the last few weeks and the fun continues for a few more days. Join the Rapha crew as they head out on the final few group rides. Saturday, the ride departs at 8AM, and Sunday, a group will be heading to the season opener for the Chi-cross Cup at Caldwell woods. The final group ride will be a morning lakefront ride on the 22nd. For details on all things Rapha Pop-Up Chicago, click here.

Chi-cross Cup Series Race #1 –Ready or not, here we go! Chicago’s cross season begins with the Caldwell Woods course, located on the north side of the city. Once the site of great winter tobogganing, it’s now a great cross course. There’s everything from hills, off camber turns, tight corners and long power sections. It’ll be a great place to get the season underway. For race information, click here.

Lake Geneva Cross – Wisconsin also has a great series of cross races and if you’re looking to get out of town, this might be just what you’re looking for. The course will challenge you with grass, sand, gravel, pavement and hills. What else could you ask for?! For race details, click here.

North Shore Century – Fall officially begins this coming Wednesday, perfect timing for the annual North Shore Century. This is a local favorite amongst racers and casual riders alike. You can gear up to ride 25, 50, 62 or a full century. Don’t miss out on this fully supported and fun event. For ride information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling – The series continues at the Dupage Business Park, which is just across the street from the first week’s Pella Windows course. Saturday’s race is a circuit course, which is not too technical, but more rangy than your typical crit. Sunday’s course is a shorter version of Saturday’s course and includes a hairpin turn. The final day typically includes a bbq for all participants. Not a bad way to end the series! For race information, click here.

Cross-Shooshko –Looking to improve your technical cyclo-cross skills? Head just over the border to Milwaukee for this technically challenging course with rolling hills. It’s located in Kosciuszko Park, and now that you’ve mastered the name, challenge yourself to master the course. For race information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this race is located in Milwaukee and is part of the Wisconsin Cross series. If you’re looking to race cross, head north this weekend. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Team Time Trial

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Last evening was the last night of racing for the Ed Rudolph velodrome 2015 season. It was a celebration of a successful season that included food, fun and racing. There was even an Officials race between Carl and Heidi, which had a spectacular finish! Although this brings to close the summer track season, there’s still so much ahead. Check the listings below for local events.

Events:

ABR 4 Person Team Time Trial –This is one of the most challenging and rewarding events around. You’ll ride your heart out, but it will all be for a team effort. Efficiency is key, so practice cornering and plan ahead to conquer the wind. For race information, click here.

Rapha Pop-Up- Chicago – Things are rolling on with the Rapha Pop Up! Join the weekly rides on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s through the 22nd. There are also a few extra rides, so check the schedule for updates. This week on the events agenda, there’s the Women’s Roundtable/Brunch/Ride on Sunday and the viewing party for Cross Vegas on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on all the fun. For information on all the events, click here.

Coming Up:

Chi-cross Cup Series Race #1 –Ready or not, here we go! Chicago’s cross season begins with the Caldwell Woods course, located on the north side of the city. Once the site of great winter tobogganing fun, it’s now a great cross course. There’s everything from hills, off camber turns, tight corners and long power sections. It’ll be a great place to get the season underway. For race information, click here.

Lake Geneva Cross – Wisconsin also has a great series of cross races and if you’re looking to get out of town, this might be just what you’re looking for. The course will challenge you with grass, sand, gravel, pavement and hills. What else could you ask for?! For race details, click here.

Northshore Century – It’s not quite fall, but it is September and time for the annual Northshore Century. This is a local favorite amongst racers and casual riders alike. You can gear up to ride 25, 50, 62 or a full century. Don’t miss out on this fully supported and fun event. For ride information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend

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Time flies when you’re having fun and we’ve had a lot of fun during this summer cycling season. And, although we’re heading into fall, there’s still so much ahead. This weekend is all about the road scene and in a few weeks we’ll begin the transition into cross and other fun fall events. See the listings below for what’s happening nearby.

Events:

Gateway Cup – There’s a hot weekend of racing ahead in St. Louis. The four day series kicks off today with the classic nighttime race in Lafayette Square. It’s a four corner crit, which is made a bit more challenging by the shadows in-between the darkness and light! The other three races are all in historic areas around St Louis, but become a bit more technical and challenging as the days go on. For information on all the races, click here.

Rapha Pop-Up – Yesterday was the grand opening of the Rapha Pop Up –Chicago and it was a hit! But, the fun continues with great events and rides throughout the month of September. The rides will be on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s with a few extra sprinkled throughout the month. This week’s events include 5×5 Intervals and a Women’s Brunch and Roundtable. For details on all the events, click here.

MATTS Finale TT – This time trial course in Harvard, Illinois, is used a few times during the racing season. The roads are pretty pristine for the early part of the course, but are a little bumpy before the turnaround. The course, at 34.7K is a little shy of the standard 40K, but it’s a local favorite. It’s the final in the MATT’s series, so if you’re in the running, you better be there! For race information, click here.

 

Track Events:

Closing Night & Cookout –The points have all been tallied, but there’s still racing ahead and it’s just for fun. They’ll have some typical races, but they’ll also toss in a few fun ones like the track stand competition and an official’s race. Come out to race, enjoy the cookout and celebrate the end of another successful season. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR 4 Person Team Time Trial –This is one of the most challenging and rewarding events around. You’ll ride your heart out, but it will all be for a team effort. Efficiency is key, so practice cornering and plan ahead to conquer the wind. For race information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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