Monthly Archives: July 2016

New Glarus Road Race

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Last Sunday brought the conclusion of the Intelligentsia Cup series, so for many, this week brought a little rest and maybe even a bit of emptiness. One thing ends and something new begins. For track cycling fans, the junior and elite nationals have been in full swing in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. We have a few riders representing Chicago, and doing so quite well! Click here to catch all the details. Closer to home there’s still plenty of racing and riding. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Great Egyptian Omnium – Head down to southern Illinois for another chance to compete in a multi-stage series. Racing begins on Saturday, July 30 and includes a time trial, road race and criterium. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race –This road race was just added to the schedule and it’s a new course. What’s not new is riding in this area of Wisconsin. If you’re looking for hills and great scenery, this should be a fabulous course. When you’re finished, you can hang out and enjoy a good New Glarus beer. For race information, click here.

Grand Fondo Hundo – Looking to get in some fun miles without the stress of competition? Head out to this Grand Fondo for a metric century which will go from Wilmette to Kenosha. It’s a fully supported ride with perks along the way. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – This is the third and final event of this sprinters series and it’ll be held on Saturday, July 30. Events will include the flying 200, match sprints, Belgian Win and Out and a scratch race. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Couri Insurance Omnium – Here’s one more stage race to add to your calendar. It’s located just west of Milwaukee, so it’s not too far to travel. There are four stages in three days. Events include two time trials and two circuit races. For race information, click, here.

Palos Meltdown – Attention all mountain bikers. Take part in the 10th annual mountain bike race at Palos. It’s a short drive from the city and it features some great flowy and technical terrain. For race information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K TT – If you’re looking for a fast time trial course, this is for you. It’s flat and fast, with only two sweeping corners. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Intelligentsia Cup Continues

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While the men wrap up the last few days of an exciting 2016 Tour de France, the professional women’s field is preparing for La Course by le Tour de France. The women’s race will be held along the Champs Elysees in Paris, hours before the men arrive on Sunday. It’s a great time for cycling and for women in our sport. Cheer on your favorite rider and make sure to take part in your own success on the bike. Check below for local cycling options!

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – The racing picked up on Wednesday with a tough course in West Dundee, a fast flat course on the south side of Chicago. Today and tomorrow will be more technical in nature, but have a hometown feel in Elmhurst and Lake Bluff. The series will wrap up in the west loop with the Goose Island Grand Prix, which should be fast but not too technical. It’s not too late to take part in all the fun. For event details, click here.

Tour of Bloomington – That’s Bloomington, Indiana, the location where the famous cycling film, “Breaking Away” was filmed! Be part of this three stage omnium series, which includes a time trial, criterium and road race. The event begins today, Friday, July 22. For more information, click here.

Venus de Miles Women’s Ride – Take part in this all-women’s event which includes a 60 or 25 mile ride, or a 5K run. There’s always a great post ride party with lots of pampering perks! The event raises money for the Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – This is the third and final event of this sprinters series and it’ll be held on Saturday, July 30. Events will include flying 200, match sprints, Belgian Win and Out and a scratch race. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Great Egyptian Omnium – Head down to southern Illinois for another chance to compete in a multi-stage series. Racing begins on Saturday, July 30 and includes a time trial, road race and criterium. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race –This road race was just added to the schedule and it’s a new course. What’s not new is riding in this area of Wisconsin. If you’re looking for hills and great scenery, this should be a fabulous course. When you’re finished, you can hang out and enjoy a good New Glarus beer. For race information, click here.

Grand Fondo Hundo – Looking to get in some fun miles without the stress of competition? Head out to this Grand Fondo for a metric century which will go from Wilmette to Kenosha. It’s a fully supported ride with perks along the way. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Rapha Women’s 100

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This weekend has many options for riders. If you’re looking for fast technical courses with lots of competition, head out to the Intelligentsia Cup series. If you’re looking to solo your efforts, then go for the time trial. Master’s track racers have a full schedule of events in the Illinois State track championships. And, finally, for those looking to get out and get some miles in with a great women’s group, there is the Rapha Women’s 100. It’s going to be beautiful this weekend, so don’t miss out on all your summer cycling options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup –The Intelligentsia Cup race series kicks off this evening with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. There’ll be eight races in ten days, spread across the city and suburbs with some exciting and challenging courses. There are also additional women’s fields, which is a real bonus for those wanting a group in which they can be competitive. For series information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 Chicago – Be part of this special women’s event that spans across the globe! In Chicago, we’ll be departing from Heritage Bicycles on Sunday, July 17th. The group will head out on a 102K ride which will include stops for treats! For those looking for a few more miles, a group will continue on to complete a 157K loop. For more information, click here.

Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Time Trial – The ABR Regional time trial championship is Sunday, July 17 in Cordova, Illinois. Juniors will compete in a 20K race, all others will compete in the in the 40K distance. It’s a super flat and out and back, L-shaped course, which is great for power and speed! For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Masters Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships are this Saturday, July 16 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. Events will include all timed, team and sprint events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – There’s a short break in the racing after Sunday, but things pick up again on Wednesday with the West Dundee River Challenge. The racing continues through next Sunday with the Goose Island Grand Prix for the finale. Lots of fun and good competition ahead. For details, click here.

Tour of Bloomington – That’s Bloomington, Indiana, the location where the famous cycling film, “Breaking Away” was filmed! Be part of this three stage omnium series, which includes a time trial, criterium and road race. The event begins next Friday, July 22. For more information, click here.

Venus de Miles Women’s Ride – Take part in this all-women’s event which includes a 60 or 25 mile ride, or a 5K run. There’s always a great post ride party with lots of pampering perks! The event raises money for the Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Teamwork in Cycling

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It’s often said that you can accomplish more as a team than as an individual. Not only can you accomplish more, but you can have more fun as well. This weekend’s events are all about teamwork. The teamwork required to bring together women to share the joy of riding off-road with Dirt Days. The group efforts of bringing a large group of ladies to build the race at the Winfield Criterium. And, the pinnacle of teamwork is the effort required to pull off a good time at Sunday’s 2-person team time trial. Whatever your plans, bring a friend and enjoy a great cycling experience.

 

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days #3 – The group is headed back to the Kettle for the third event in this mountain bike series. There’s a mountain bike clinic in conjunction with this dirt day, so be sure to click on the link for details and to sign up in advance to be sure you have a slot. Don’t miss out on all the fun a day on the trails can bring! For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – This is a great local race which features climbing and descending through a neighborhood in the western suburbs. It’s a fun and challenging course and there are multiple fields for women, including age group divisions. For race information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s always a thrill to ride or race your bike in areas usually off-limits to bikes. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to race your bike around downtown Indianapolis, this is your chance! There’s also eight thousand dollars in prizes and payouts, so come out and test your abilities at Indiana’s largest criterium. For race information, click here.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K 2-Person Time Trial – It’s all about teamwork in this event. Stay sheltered and protected in the draft or pull hard, working together to get the fastest time possible for your team! It’s a tough race, but so much fun to share the effort with a friend. This year they’ve added a mixed gender category, so there’s plenty of options as far as partners are concerned! For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Masters Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships are next Saturday, July 16 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. Events will include all timed, team and sprint events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intelligentsia Cup – Ready, set, Go! The Intelligentsia Cup race series begins next Friday, July 15th with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. There’ll be eight races in ten days, spread across the city and suburbs. There are also additional women’s fields, which is a real bonus for those wanting a group in which they can be competitive. For series information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 Chicago – Be part of this special women’s event that spans across the globe! In Chicago, we’ll be departing from Heritage Bicycles on Sunday, July 17th. The group will head out on a 102K ride which will include stops for treats! For those looking for a few more miles, a group will continue on to complete a 157K loop. For more information, click here.

Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Time Trial – The ABR Regional time trial championship is Sunday, July 17 in Cordova, Illinois. Juniors will compete in a 20K race, all others will compete in the in the 40K distance. It’s a super flat and out and back, L-shaped course, which is great for power and speed! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July weekend! Time to celebrate and enjoy all the benefits of summer. There aren’t any races locally, but it’s a good time to catch up on your favorite group ride or keep up with your training.

There may not be any racing around here, but it’s a big kick-off weekend for international cycling. Today, the Giro di Rosa, a women’s pro tour stage race kicks off ten days of racing around Italy. To keep track of your favorite ladies of the peloton, click here.

The Tour de France also begins this weekend. I know I’m looking forward to following each day of racing throughout the month of July. The race begins tomorrow in Mont Saint Michel, which is famous for its tides.

Coming up:

Women’s Dirt Days #3 – The group is headed back to the Kettle for the third event in this mountain bike series. There’s a mountain bike clinic in conjunction with this dirt day, so be sure to click on the link for details and to sign up in advance to be sure you have a slot. Don’t miss out on all the fun a day on the trails can bring! For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – This is a great local race which features climbing and descending through a neighborhood in the western suburbs. It’s a fun and challenging course and there are multiple fields for women, including age group divisions. For race information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s always a thrill to ride or race your bike in areas usually off-limits to bikes. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to race your bike around downtown Indianapolis, this is your chance! There’s also eight thousand dollars in prizes and payouts, so come out and test your abilities at Indiana’s largest criterium. For race information, click here.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K 2-Person Time Trial – It’s all about teamwork in this event. Stay sheltered and protected in the draft or pull hard, working together to get the fastest time possible for your team! It’s a tough race, but so much fun to share the effort with a friend. This year they’ve added a mixed gender category, so there’s plenty of options as far as partners are concerned! For race information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 Chicago – Be part of this special women’s event that spans across the globe! In Chicago, we’ll be departing from Heritage Bicycles on Sunday, July 17th. The group will head out on a 102K ride which will include stops for treats! For those looking for a few more miles, a group will continue on to complete a 157K loop. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

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