The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympics are this evening and the competition we’ve been waiting for will finally take place! Although there are many sports we’ll all enjoy, we might focus just a little more on cycling. The Road events will take place on August 6, 7 and 10. Track racing will take place on August 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Mountain Biking will take place on August 17, 18 and 19. Get ready to cheer on your favorite athletes! There are several ways to view all the events, for a helpful guide, click here.
There may be a lot of action in Brazil, but there’s still plenty to do in your own back yard. Check below for a listing of local events.
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.
Women’s Dirt Day’s #4 – It’s the super-charged Dirt Day event at Palos this Saturday. In conjunction with the Palos Meltdown festival, there’ll be a bike demo, so you can try out the latest and greatest machines. There’ll also be a CAMBr skills clinic, which will be great to improve your technical abilities. And, there will be riding with a great group of ladies on the trails. It’ll be a super-fun day, so don’t miss out! For information on the event, click here.
Mass Ave Criterium – Looking to keep rolling with the thrill of fast criterium racing? Head to Indy for this downtown race, which is building up to be an event not to miss. 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.
Masters Nationals – Masters track cyclists from around the country are headed to Indianapolis to race in this year’s track nationals. The events begin on Tuesday and run through Sunday. For a full list of events, click here.
Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw next Sunday. You can compete in age group or category fields. Racers will cover either 20K or 40K, depending on age. The roads are smooth and have some rolling terrain. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend!