Al Stern Road Race


And just like that, September comes to a close! We’ve enjoyed a summer-like September, but that all seems to be changing with the cooler temps and rain rolling in. The weather will be perfect for all the cycling activities this weekend. For those heading out on the road for some serious miles, the cooler temps will be welcome and the cross racers will be licking their chops for the potential to have another mud fest. Welcome to October and more fun ahead in the fall season of cycling.


Al Stern Marathon Road RaceAl Stern has been a fixture in the cycling community for a long time. He’s known for his ability to cover the distance, so it’s only fitting that this race would have his name on it. This road race course is flat, but you can be certain there’ll be wind. Depending on your race category, you may compete in distances ranging from 54 to 119 miles. For race information, click here.

Pumpkin Pie Century – What could be better than your favorite fall treat and a bike ride? This fully supported event has 25, 45, 63 and 100 mile options. The ride begins in Ottawa, which is near Starved Rock. Get out and enjoy the scenery. For event details, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series starts up again as we head to Hopkins Park near Dekalb. The course is a figure 8 configuration with a flyover as its main feature. The course also includes a short section of single-track, some off camber sections and some open grassy sections. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Grafton Pumpkin Cross – This cross race is a celebration of the season. The race course features the challenges of a big climb, a slalom descent and gravel. Post-race festivities include a food truck, music, beer and pumpkins. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – Next week’s race is back in the city. You’ll head to the Dan Ryan woods on south side. This course offers climbing and some fast descents. There are also flat open areas, a section that winds through the trees and a set of flagstone steps to run up. For more information, click here.

Rapha Chicago – Chicago is getting its very own Rapha store! Plan on coming out for the grand opening festivities. There’ll be guest appearances as well as cocktails and Half Acre Beer. When they’re not celebrating, they’ll be riding and you can join them in a club ride! For details on the store and the upcoming events, click here.

Have a great weekend!


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