It’s been an inspiring week with the Olympics in Rio. In cycling, we’ve witnessed a nail biting road race. Mara Abbott’s finish may have been heartbreaking, but she’s a true champion. We’ve also seen Kristin Armstrong power her way through the time trial for another gold medal. Track cycling began yesterday and will continue through the weekend, so there’s so there’s plenty to keep us at the edge of our seats.
Closer to home we have time trials, criteriums and track racing. Take that inspiration and apply it at home in one of the local events. Check below for a few options coming up.
Kirkie Vie 20K Time Trial – In its twelfth run, this race will feature a slightly new course which will exclude “the wall”, but will still be a challenging course. For race information, click here.
Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw on 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.
ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships –One more jersey on the line with the ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships. The course is a familiar one, as it’s used multiple times over the course of the racing season. It’s not too technical with just a couple of sweeping turns. There are age group and category options. For more information, click here.
Masters Nationals –Racing got underway for the 2016 Masters Nationals Track Cycling Championships on Tuesday. Racers from around the country have been competing in mass start and timed events throughout the week. Team competitions will be on Sunday, which is always a fun way to wrap up the racing. Chicago has been well represented with many championship and podium finishes. To see the details of all the races, click here.
Roger DeLanghe & Illinois State Scratch Races – It’ll be a hot night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this coming Thursday evening with the annual Scratch race championships. Roger DeLanghe was a fixture at our track for years and so for many, this race is very special. For more information on the racing, click here.
Illinois State Championship Timed Events – Looking to compete on the track, but not in mass start events? The timed events are the perfect opportunity to ride a hard solo to achieve victory. Along with the timed events, there will also be match sprints, team sprints and team pursuits. The racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of each day’s events, click here.
Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – You’ll need to head south for crit racing next weekend. This race is just outside of St. Louis, but it offers up a great technical course which is just shy of a mile with seven corners. For those with great technical skills, this course is perfect for you! For race information, click here.
Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship – Looking to go beyond a state championship? This women’s race pulls together women from the entire Midwest to compete for glory and a championship jersey. The road race is flat, but the obstacles will include wind and GRAVEL! If you’re not too sure about racing, but want to be part of this women’s event, you can volunteer. For all the details on this special event, click here.
Double Bong Time Trial – We’re back to this course for the third and final time of the season. This time it’s two loops around the course, which again, is all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.
Have a great weekend!