We’re not thinking of turning back time in Chicago with the Cubs winning their first World Series title in over one hundred years. But, we do need to make sure we set our clocks back one hour on Saturday evening for the end of daylight savings. The extra hour of rest will give you a boost for your Sunday riding. The weather continues to be great, so check out the listings below and plan out your weekend bike adventure.
Wildlife Spooky CX – The Halloween-themed races continue this week at the Wildlife Prairie State Park, near Peoria. This area has a mountain bike/outdoor park, including a pump track, so it seems like the perfect location for a cross course with some technical elements. For race information, click here.
Estabrook Park Beer Garden Classic – This was always one of my favorite courses for cross. It’s located in a Milwaukee park and has some great technical areas as well as some grassy power sections. Head out to race and enjoy free beer and sausage after! For race information, click here.
Big Marsh Opening Day – Come out and see what this newly completed outdoor urban oasis is all about. For the grand opening they will have hikes, tours and you’ll be able to get in some riding on the bike park features. For event details, click here.
Chicross Cup Event #7 –Groundhog Psiclocross. Several years back they filmed the movie, Groundhogs Day in Woodstock and this race is celebrating that connection. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character kept repeating the same day over and over until he got things right. Psimet is taking a somewhat similar approach to this race by continually evolving the course, making it more interesting each year. Head out and see what changes are in store for this year. For race information, click here.
Camrock Cross –This area is well known to mountain bikers, with the Camrock mountain bike race held here earlier in the summer. The park has over 400 acres of land with lots of trails for riding and hiking, so it’s a great place for an interesting cross course. For race information, click here.
Chicross Cup Events #8 	 – Rest up for this two-day cross extravaganza held at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. Many racers opt to stay at the resort to minimize travel AND to enjoy the party atmosphere on Saturday night. For race information, click here.
Battle of Waterloo – You might not see Napoleon, but there will probably be some great battles held in this Wisconsin park. For race information, click here.
Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get your cross racing on! You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.
The Early History of Women’s Cycling in Chicago – We’ve come a long way, ladies! Women have struggled throughout history to gain independence and equality and the bicycle has been a big part in moving us forward. Join historian Chris Sweet at BFF Bikes for an evening of history on how the bicycle has been a part of empowering women for decades. For event information, click here.
Have a great weekend!