Our spring was cold and wet, but our fall continues to be just delightful with mild temperatures. I think we must be swapping seasonal temperatures! Don’t pass up an opportunity to participate in your favorite sport, especially when we’re given a gift of warm weather. There are lots of cycling events to fill your weekend, check below for a few options in Chicagoland
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 – This 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 – The opening of the Rapha clubhouse is delayed just a little, but the celebrations will go on! 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.
UCI Masters World Track Cycling Championships – It’s been a busy week in Manchester, England, as track racers from around the world have gathered to compete in this heavy-hitter event. We have a few locals that have made the journey and are doing quite well. For details on the championships, click here.
Ed Rudolph Velodrome 2016 Awards Dinner – Come and celebrate a great season of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. There’ll be a social hour, dinner and awards. The event will be held at EJ’s in Skokie. For event details, click here.
Ichabod Cross – Are you afraid of shapes and shadows in the dark, as Ichabod Crane was? You’ll have to pedal your way out of fear at this evening cross race. This race is the first of two weekend races in Beardstown, which is near Springfield. For information on this hauntingly fun race, click here.
Pumpkin Hop Cross – This is the second race in this two day series in Beardstown. The course includes a flyover and there is also a relay race category. For race information, click here.
Humbolt Park Cross – Head just over the border for one of the Wisconsin cross series events. This race is located in a park near Milwaukee. For race information, click here.
Chicross Cup Event #3 – Last year this race moved locations because of construction, but it appears to be right back at Carpentersville Park this year. The course is typically designed well for a limited amount of space, so it’ll be another great event. For race information, click here.
Badger Cross – This course has a bit of history behind it and just a few years ago was used for cyclo-cross nationals. It’s located in Verona, Wisconsin, which is not far from Madison. Along with a great race, they’ll also have food, beer and music for a cross-festival. For race information, click here.
Have a great weekend!