It’s spring in Chicago, and with that comes a bit of unpredictability with the weather. Since the weatherman has been a bit off in his forecasts this week, I’m going to assume that’ll continue through the weekend. Let’s be optimistic and confident that our weekend riding and racing plans will go on without rain interference. There’s so many riding opportunities this weekend. Check the listings below for an event fit for you.
Project Echelon Time Based Omnium – If you’re prepping for a stage race, this event is perfect for you. It has four stages in three days, accumulating time with each event. There are two time trials and two circuit races. You can opt to compete in the overall/omnium or enter each race separately – your choice! For event information, click here.
Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a springtime favorite in the Chicago racing scene. It’s so close to home and has a unique course that includes a hairpin turn. Make plans to come out tomorrow! For more information, click here.
Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – The dirt day’s series is starting up again and for their first adventure into the woods, they’ll begin at the Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail. This is a great ride series that is for mountain bike riders of all levels. Try out mountain biking or try out a new trail with this group. The event has been moved to tomorrow, but be sure to check for the latest updates on the Facebook site. For event information and updates, click here.
Cheesehead Roubaix – Still looking for another epic gravel ride before the road season gets in full swing? Head north to Newburg, Wisconsin for a 63 mile ride that features 10 miles of dirt and gravel in addition to climbing. The event is free, but donations to the Newburg Fire Department are suggested. For event information, click here.
Monday Night Structured Training – The Monday night training sessions at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome have started up again. These training sessions provide structure and skills training and you’ll get a great workout. If you’re new to track racing and/or looking to upgrade, these are perfect for you. For information, click here.
WoMo AR Ride – It’s round two of this Monday women’s recovery ride. If you’re looking to shake out the legs after a tough weekend of workouts or racing, or just want to catch a ride with some great cycling ambassadors, this ride is for you. The group departs from the Dunkin Donuts at 5723 N. California at 6PM. For ride details, click here.
Wednesday Night Training Criteriums – If you’re out in the western suburbs on Wednesday evenings, join in the practice crits. The course is a large oval with one turn, so it’s not technical and good for beginners and experienced racers alike. For race information, click here.
LaCrosse Omnium – It’s another opportunity to get in some great training/racing if you’re planning on competing in a stage race. This event features a time trial, road race and a criterium, and since it’s an omnium you have the choice of racing for the overall or each race individually. It’s a bit of a hike to LaCrosse, so plan ahead. For event information, click here.
Monsters of the Midway – This race is definitely a Chicago spring classic. This race is held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is not technical, but features long straightaways and wide open corners. The big challenge is always the wind that comes in from the lake. It’s close to home and it’s always fun, so be sure to take part. For race information, click here.
Have a great weekend!