Barry Roubaix


I think most of us would like a do-over for last weekend. The snow and ice we woke up to on Saturday morning really took away from our outdoor plans. This weekend, however, looks to be very promising, which is great because there’s plenty to do outside. Check the listings below for some cycling opportunities in our area.


Barry Roubaix – Gravel races are becoming increasingly more popular, and Barry Roubaix is no exception, as it’s the largest gravel race in the world! If you’re going for the big win, there’s money and prizes to be claimed. Still, for those who just want to get out and enjoy a scenic ride in the country, this event is great. There are 62, 36 and 22 mile courses. For event details, click here.

Menomonee Park Criterium – This scenic course comes with twists and soft turns as you wind your way around the park. There’s no real elevation change, so speed should play a factor in the outcome of the races. For race details, click here.

CWEC Clinic #3 – Due to weather conditions, the skills and drills clinic was cancelled last Saturday, but is rescheduled for this Sunday. Head out to Edge Athlete Lounge for an 11:30 sign in and Noon clinic start. When the clinic is over, stick around for a viewing party of the National Criterium championships. For information on CWEC clinics, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This time trial course is a favorite with the locals, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without challenges. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. The course also offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. Are you looking to conquer? Head out to test your skills on Sunday. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Crankshaft Comedy – Come out for a little comic humor to benefit Friends of Big Marsh on Wednesday evening. The event will be held at Township in Logan Square at 7PM. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium –This course is a Wisconsin classic. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the course loops around the perimeter. There’s a fun descent and climb which is not-too-tough if you manage your momentum. For race information, click here.

Mad City Velo Criterium –This D-shaped, 1K course is held in an industrial park. There are a few corners, but they’re pretty wide open, so it’s not too technical. The race is located near Madison, so once you’re finished, you can spend a little time in a fun city before heading home! For race information, click here.

Mooresville Challenge – Head over to the Indianapolis area for a circuit-like crit course that touts a pack splitter hill. Plan ahead if you want to race, as it’s an early start and you need to factor in the time change. For race details, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Lincoln Park Criterium – You don’t often find a bike race within city limits, but XXX-Racing brings us this great event. Located at Montrose and the lakefront, this course offers its famous hairpin turn and typically a lot of wind. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!


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