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!!


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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