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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