Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

bike the drive

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer and Chicago always kicks off the summer cycling season with Bike the Drive. The ride is open to all cyclists and it’s one of only times you can enjoy a ride on Chicago’s beautiful Lakeshore Drive. There’s still time to register to be part of this non-competitive event. For detail, click here. For information on all other cycling events, see below. WELCOME SUMMER!!

Events:

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Races –If you’re from the Midwest and you’re a bike racer, this holiday weekend series is a must! There are four days of racing, beginning with a road race on Friday. Saturday is the famed Snake Alley Criterium, where racers climb the very crooked, steep, brick road lap after lap. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which is known for the speed bump at the bottom of the descent. Finally the Quad Cities Criterium is on Monday, which is flat and fast. For series information, click here.

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend Omnium – If you plan on staying close to home for the holiday weekend, and you are eligible to race in the master’s category, then plan to race in this series. The 3 day event is held at the Oak Wood Business Park in Wood Dale. Each day is a separate course, with the degree of difficulty building each day. For race details, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – Take advantage of this road race that’s relatively close to home. It’s an 8.1 mile loop with one main hill to contend with that even non-climbers can feel confident about. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Cycling Challenge – Next weekend head out to Indianapolis for a weekend of serious track cycling. Racers from around the country come out to compete in this two day event which features mass start and timed events. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – No matter if you’re a seasoned mountain bike rider or new to off-road adventures, the women’s dirt days are great. Event #2 will be held at Palos, so it’s close to home and the trails offer everything from the very technical to fun and flowy. For event details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race brings out an entire community to enjoy a full day of racing and family fun. For racers, the course is fast and technical. After racing there’s music, food and all kinds of fun. For race information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This race course twists and turns through neighborhood streets and skirts along the Kankakee River to finish. It’s a scenic, yet technical race and well worth the short drive. For race information, click here.

Bong and a Half – This is the second race of this time trial series, this time covering a lap and a half of the loop. It’s all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Sprinters Dream Omnium

track sprinting

The weather looks promising for this weekend, which is a welcome comfort after the last few weeks of cold, wind and rain. Don’t waste a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The racing schedule is filling up, so don’t miss out on all the fun. Check the listings below for several riding options ahead.

Events:

Fat & Skinny Tire Fest – This Indiana road omnium series is has some surprises in store for each stage. Friday’s time trial is Eddy Merckx style, so no aero equipment allowed. Saturday’s road race is an 8.8 mile loop with fast turns and some good climbs. Finally, Sunday’s criterium is flat and on a particularly short .55 mile oval loop, which should be fast and furious. For information on the series, click here.

LAPT/Trek Road Race – Most road races have a nasty climb to shake up the field, but this course is a little more forgiving as far as climbing is concerned. The course loop is just shy of 7 miles and has a maximum 4 percent grade. If you’re a little intimidated by climbing, but want to do a few road races, this may be a great place to start. For race information, click here.

Sanders Park Criterium – Just over the border in Racine, Wisconsin, this 1.2 mile loop has gently rolling hills, but no real corners. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – Calling all sprinters! Come out to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome tomorrow, Saturday May 21 for a day of sprinting competition. The event is a great place to practice and hone your sprinting tactics. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming up:

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Races –If you’re from the Midwest and you’re a bike racer, this holiday weekend series is a must! There are four days of racing, beginning with a road race on Friday. Saturday is the famed Snake Alley Criterium where racers climb the very crooked, steep, brick road lap after lap. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which is known for the speed bump at the bottom of the descent. Finally the Quad Cities Criterium is on Monday, which is flat and fast. For series information, click here.

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend Omnium – If you plan on staying close to home for the holiday weekend, and you are eligible to race in the master’s category, then plan to race in this series. The 3 day event is held at the Oak Wood Business Park in Wood Dale. Each day is a separate course, with the degree of difficulty building each day. For race details, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Don’t get too wrapped up in the holiday weekend and forget to plan ahead for the following weekend. We have two great local races coming up, so be sure to pre-register!

First up is the Glencoe Grand Prix, which is a fast and technical course. There’s all kinds of activities in conjunction with the race, so it’s an all-around great event. For race information, click here. Day two of this post-holiday weekend is the Cobb Park Criterium, and it’s another course known for its technical aspects. It’s a short drive south to Kankakee and the race will not disappoint. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

ski jump hill

Fox River Grove is known for its Ski jump, but bike racers associate this town with climbing. If you’re headed out to race in the Fox River series, each day you’ll be met with a hill, with the real climbing happening on Sunday. If you choose another cycling option this weekend, there’s still plenty to do and no rain in the forecast. Get out and enjoy!

Events:

CWEC Clinic #6 Cycling Strategy – In bike racing, being the strongest rider doesn’t mean you’re the guaranteed winner. Bike races are like chess matches and there’s lots of strategy that goes into a win – that’s what makes them so fun! Join the CWEC and Paul Swinand for a presentation on racing tactics at the Elgin race on Saturday. For more information, click here.

Fox River Omnium – This two day series includes Saturday’s Elgin Cycling Classic. This race is known for a somewhat technical descent/climb combo, which, if mastered, can be the key a successful finish. Sunday is the Fox River Grove Criterium. This race is for the mountain goats, as it has a significant climb followed by a twisty descent. For event details, click here.

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another multi-day racing event! This one includes two short, but challenging time trials and two criteriums, over 3 days. If you’re looking to improve your abilities as an all-around rider, this series will certainly help. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – Calling all sprinters! Come out to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome on Saturday, May 21 for a day of sprinting competition. You’ll be matched up against competitors based on your flying 200 time and then it’s all about tactics and going fast. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming up:

Fat & Skinny Tire Fest – This Indiana road omnium series is has some surprises in store for each stage. Friday’s time trial is Eddy Merckx style, so no aero equipment allowed. Saturday’s road race is an 8.8 mile loop with fast turns and some good climbs. Finally, Sunday’s criterium is flat and on a particularly short .55 mile oval loop, which should be fast and furious. For information on the series, click here.

LAPT/Trek Road Race – Most road races have a nasty climb to shake up the field, but this course is a little more forgiving as far as climbing is concerned. The course loop is just shy of 7 miles and has a maximum 4 percent grade. If you’re a little intimidated by climbing, but want to do a few road races, this may be a great place to start. For race information, click here.

Sanders Park Criterium – Just over the border in Racine, Wisconsin, this 1.2 mile loop has gently rolling hills, but no real corners. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Monsters of the Midway (MoM)

View looking directly east toward the lake from just west of Cottage Grove, from the University of Chicago architectural guidebook titled Building Ideas, published summer of 2013. (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

We’ll have sunshine and 60 degree temps throughout the weekend and that’s just what we need to make the best of this Mother’s Day weekend. Wishing all moms a very happy Mother’s Day and may your weekend include adventures on your bike. Take a look below for all your upcoming cycling activities.

Events:

La Crosse Omnium – Looking to test your ability to be a good all-around racer? Head north to La Crosse for this three day series which includes a time trial, road race and a criterium. It’s a solid weekend of racing which is sure to test your strengths. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic #5 Vision – This clinic gives you the tools necessary to manage riding in all situations. Whether riding in a group, cornering or moving at light speed, you’ll learn what to focus on to be prepared. The clinic will be held from 11:15am till 12:15pm. Both MoM women’s races are after the clinic, but it may be a good idea to get most of your warm-up in beforehand so you’ll just need a little touch-up before the races begin. For clinic details, click here.

Monsters of the Midway –Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so it’s time for MoM at the University of Chicago campus. This classic race features wide open corners and long straight-aways; one side is typically into the wind and the other has a serious tailwind. It’s close to home and always fun, so don’t miss out. For race information, click here.

Dirt Days #1 – Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a serious shredder, this series is all about fun for everyone. This series is not about racing, it’s just about getting out and riding the trails. First up is a day at Kettle Moraine. For ride details, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This is the first of this series of races held around the Bong Recreational area. The first race is 20K and it’s one loop around with all right turns. There are a few rollers, but the roads are generally smooth. For race details, click here.

Track Cycling:

2016 Season Begins – The 2016 track racing season begins this coming Thursday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. It’ll be a busy few days leading up to the opening night with an upgrade clinic on Saturday and number pick-up/social on Monday night. For information on all the upcoming events, click here.

Coming up:

Fox River Omnium – This two day series includes Saturday’s Elgin Cycling Classic. This race is known for a somewhat technical descent/climb combo, which, if mastered, can be the key a successful finish. Sunday is the Fox River Grove Criterium. This race is for the mountain goats, as it has a significant climb followed by a twisty descent.  For event details, click here.

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another multi-day racing event! This one includes two short, but challenging time trials and two criteriums, over 3 days. If you’re looking to improve your abilities as an all-around rider, this series will certainly help. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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