Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Halloween is upon us and there’s no shortage of fun in the local races. Be sure to dress up if you’re racing to gain extra style points and it’ll make competing much more exciting. The time changes this weekend as well, so you’ll get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. Just remember to change your clock before going to sleep or you’ll show up extra early for your events. Happy Halloween!

 

Events:

Rhythm and Blues Revue – In the past, there have been Jake and Elwood sightings at this race, so if you’re into the Blues Brother’s, you should definitely plan to race. The course is located on the Canal Shores Golf Course, so there’s sure to be sand! Pedal hard and make your way just north of the city for this fun event. For race details, click here.

Halloween Cross –Milwaukee plans to celebrate Halloween with a cross race in a great eco-friendly urban space. Head north and be part in this thrilling event. The race is part of Wisconsin’s Super Cup series. For race details, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #6 – This week the series heads to St Charles for Campton Cross. This is one of the original Chicross Cup courses and it’s always been known for its technical elements and elevation changes. Last year, because of concerns voiced by the park district, some of the technical elements were replaced with more power sections. We’ll see what happens this year. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Athletes of the Year – The track cycling season may be over, but there’s another race, of sorts, going on. Chicago Athlete Magazine and Cliff Bar have a pool of 2015 athletes of the month competing for the athlete of the year. It’s not often, if ever, that cyclists are voted into this award, so please help and cast your ballot for myself (selfless promotion, sorry) and Jeff Whiteman (awesome racer and great guy). You can vote by clicking here. Thanks J

Coming Up:

Estabrook Park & Beer Garden Cross – I say it every year and I’ll say it again, this is one of my favorite cross courses. It has some great technical elements and not too many power sections. It’s a beautiful park and with a free beer and brat for every legal aged racer, it’ll be a blast! For race information, click here.

Sadie Hawkins Style Ride – This is not your average race, but it’s fun and challenging, just the same. You’ll need to dress for the occasion and then you and a teammate will head out in search of treasures around the city. The team that makes it to all the destinations first wins, but there are lots of other surprises along the way. The best part is that all proceeds go to the Chicago Women’s Health Center. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #7 – Moving right along, the series heads to Emricson Park in Woodstock for Psi-clocross for Life. This course has evolved from an open power course to a more mixed skill cross course with a steep hill, a wooded section and even a sand pit. Practice your technical skills before heading out next weekend! For race information, click here.

Have a spooktacular weekend!

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Sunrise Park Cross

Sunrise Park

There’s potential for lots of sunshine this weekend with two local races having “sun” in their names. Let’s hope that helps to provide a rain-free weekend – at least on Saturday and Sunday. Check the listings below for the cyclo-cross races in our area.

Events:

Chicross Cup Series Race #5 – This week the series heads to Bartlett for ABD’s Sunrise Park. This race was typically a grassy power course, but over time, the promoter has worked to convert it into a more technical one. Be prepared for the famous Heckle Hill and get ready to race! For race info, click here.

Sun Prairie Cup – You can make it a two-race weekend if you head north to Madison. First up is the Sun Prairie Cup race, northwest of the city. This Super Cup series race features some fast sections as well as sharp and rolling hills. For race information, click here.

Celtic Cross – Although there’s always suffering in cyclo-cross racing, this Irish-themed race is offering up food, music and beer to help ease your aches and pains. Located in McGaw Park in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, this race will complete your two day race weekend in Madison. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Halloween Cross – Plan to head north to Milwaukee to celebrate Halloween and to take part in this thrilling cross event. The race is part of Wisconsin’s Super Cup series. For race details, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #6 – Next week the series heads to St Charles for Campton Cross. This is one of the original Chicross Cup courses and it’s always been known for its technical elements and elevation changes. Last year, because of concerns voiced by the park district, some of the technical elements were replaced with more power sections. We’ll see what happens this year. For race information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Pumpkin Cross

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The temps have been dipping near the frost zones for the last couple of days. While it’s typically warming up to moderate temps by the afternoon, the freeze and thaw may have an effect on racers as they head out to the cross courses this weekend. Be prepared with the right tires and tire pressure and you’ll be sure to gain an advantage! Check below for all the racing action coming up.

Events:

Pumpkin Cross – Just north of Milwaukee is the town of Grafton and home to Pumpkin Cross. If you like the challenge of a big climb and technical riding that’ll take you on a slalom descent and through gravel, this may be perfect for you. The race is part of Wisconsin’s Super Cup series. For race information click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #4 –This week’s race heads to Randall Oaks Park in Elgin. While in the same town as Carpenter Park, we’ll have to wait and see what Main Street Bicycles and Sasquatch Squadron dream up for a fun and competitive course. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Series Race #5 – Next week the series heads to Bartlett for ABD’s Sunrise Park. This race was typically a grassy power course, but over time, the promoter has worked to convert it into a more technical one. Be prepared for the famous Heckle Hill and get ready to race! For race info, click here.

Sun Prairie Cup – You can make it a two-race weekend if you head north to Madison. First up is the Sun Prairie Cup race, northwest of the city. This Super Cup series race features some fast sections as well as sharp and rolling hills. For race information, click here.

Celtic Cross – Although there is always suffering in cyclo-cross racing, this Irish-themed race is offering up food, music and beer to help ease your aches and pains. Located in McGaw Park in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, this race will complete your two day race weekend. For race information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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UCI Masters’ World Track Cycling

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This week I’m reporting to you from Manchester, England. I’m here competing in the UCI Masters’ World Championships for track cycling. It’s been a fantastic week of racing for both myself and all the other competitors. It’s so incredible to see athletes from the earliest age categories (35+) up to 80 years, competing at this level. While the competition is certainly fierce, off the track, athletes from around the world share a common bond and many smiles. Just another reminder to strive to reach your goals, no matter what your age and keep moving yourself forward. The races wrap up on Saturday evening. For information on all the events, click here.

Events:

Trek CXC Cup –Starting today, Waterloo, Wisconsin will be where the epicenter of the cyclo-cross world. There’ll be everything from a women’s social, clinics and of course, racing! This is a UCI event, so the biggest names in cross will be there. There will also be amateur racing on a technically challenging course. For a full listing of all the events, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #3 – This week’s race will be held at the Dan Ryan Woods, which is a gem on the south side of the city. Located near the Beverly neighborhood, this course offers climbing, which leads to some fast descents. There are also flat open areas, a section that winds through the trees and a set of flagstone steps to run up. It’s a great course right here in the city. For race details, click here.

Track Cycling:

Track Cycling Banquet – The 2015 track cycling season for the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is over. Time to celebrate the success of the season at the annual banquet. The banquet will be held this Sunday, October 11 at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Don’t miss out on all the fun and don’t forget to say hello and thank you to EJ for his huge contribution to cycling in the Chicagoland area. For information on the banquet, click here.

Coming Up:

Pumpkin Cross – Just north of Milwaukee is the town of Grafton and home to Pumpkin Cross. If you like the challenge of a big climb and technical riding that’ll take you on a slalom descent and through gravel, this may be perfect for you. The race is part of Wisconsin’s Super Cup series. For race information click here.

Chicross Cup Series Race #4 –Next week’s race heads to Elgin. While in the same town, this is a new venue at Randall Oaks Park, which is located 3.5 miles from Carpenter Park (previous course location). We’ll have to wait and see what Main Street Bicycles and Sasquatch Squadron dream up for a fun and competitive course. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Chicago’s First Urban Bike Park

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Have you ever wished for more open spaces to ride your bike or take a hike in the city? Well, look no further than the Big Marsh on the city’s south side. While not complete yet, efforts continue to bring this eco-friendly space to all, but they need your help! The Friends of Big Marsh crowdfunding campaign ends THIS Friday night! If you haven’t yet participated, it’s not too late to get on board to help build Chicago’s FIRST URBAN BIKE PARK!! So many great options to show your support – check it out, here.

Check below for upcoming cycling events.

Events:

Chicross Cup Series Race #2– This 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.

Badger Prairie Super Cross –Located in Verona, Wisconsin, this course has been used for many high-powered cross events such as Nationals and the Midwest Challenge. This time around, the race is part of the Wisconsin Super Cup series, so if you’re looking to gain points, this race is a must-do! For race details, click here.

The People’s Cross –It’s a bit of a hike to get to Oshkosh, but the promoters are calling this course a “promising venue”. The race is being held at the Winnebagoland BMX track, which should be just enough detail to make you curious about this sure-to-be interesting cross course. 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 in the summer. The course is flat, but make no mistake, there will be wind! For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Track Cycling Banquet – The 2015 track cycling season for the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is over. Time to celebrate the success of the season at the annual banquet. The banquet will be held on Sunday, October 11 at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Don’t miss out on all the fun and don’t forget to say hello and thank you to EJ for his huge contribution to cycling in the Chicagoland area. For information on the banquet, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Series Race #3 – Next week’s race will be held at Dan Ryan Woods, which is a gem on the south side of the city. Located near the Beverly neighborhood, this course offers climbing, which leads to some fast descents. There are also flat open areas, a section that winds through the trees and a set of flagstone steps to run up. It’s a great course right here in the city. For race details, click here.

Trek CXC Cup –Next weekend will be an action-packed in Waterloo, Wisconsin. There’ll be everything from a women’s social, clinics and of course, racing! This is a UCI event, so the biggest names in cross will be there. There will also be amateur racing on a technically challenging course. For a full listing of all the events, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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