Monthly Archives: April 2017

Lincoln Park Criterium

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.

Events:

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.

Track Cycling:

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.

Coming Up:

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!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

The events are lining up as we move through April and edge closer to the summer racing season. This weekend we also get our first taste of the track for the season with the Women’s Clinic on Saturday. Check the listings below for local cycling options.

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – We’re all set for the women’s track clinic tomorrow. Come out and learn all about riding a fixed gear bike and riding on a velodrome. The clinic is geared towards beginners and is held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For event details, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This is a classic race course for Wisconsin. Often the course is used for this spring race, and then again in the summer. It’s just over a mile and loops around a park. There’s climbing, descending and soft corners. For race information, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – This is a fun but challenging course. It offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. Set your course marker this spring and then plan to test yourself again late summer. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This course is quite similar to Whitnall Park. The course is a loop around a park and features climbing and descending with a sweeping turn. It’s one of my favorites, so it is certainly worth a try! For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Practice Crits – You’ll feel like a hot dog racer after you get in plenty of practice racing. Take part in this weekday evening race series held on April 27, May 23 and June 27. The course is located at 87th and Lakeshore and it features 1/3 mile straightaways and two 180 degree turns. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a spring 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 on Saturday, April 29. 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. For more information, 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.

Plan Ahead:

WoMo AR Ride – 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.

Monsters of the MidwayThis 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!

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Bikes and Beer

It’s April, so dodging raindrops is a necessary skill to keep up your outdoor activities. We’ve had some good downpours during the week, but it looks like we’re going to get a pass for the weekend, yay! It’s a holiday weekend, so there are no races, but there are some fun rides to hop onto. Check the listing below for upcoming ride options.

Events:

WoMo Ride – This edition of the women’s ride will be led by the ladies of BFF Cycling. Join them as they journey from the city to Highland Park. As with all WoMo rides, there is a no-drop option as well as a more spirited paced group. For more information, click here.

BFF Bikes to Beer Ride – This month’s beer ride will head to the Half Acre Brewery. The ride will depart from BFF Bikes on Armitage at Noon this Saturday. Take a break from fast-paced riding and enjoy a leisurely ride with a beer break in-between. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 (rain date Sunday, April 23) at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – This is a fun but challenging course. It offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. Set your course marker this spring and then plan to test yourself again late summer. For race information, click here.
Plan Ahead:

Hot Dog Practice Crits – You’ll feel like a hot dog racer after you get in plenty of practice at racing. Take part in this weekday evening race series held on April 27, May 23 and June 27. The course is located at 87th and Lakeshore and it features 1/3 mile straightaways and two 180 degree turns. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a spring 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 on Saturday, April 29. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Super Criterium

After a week of stormy weather, things are looking up for the weekend and just in time for some exciting races and rides. Whether you prefer a solid surface or varied terrain, you’re covered with this weekend’s rides and races. Check the listings below for a few options around our area.

Events:

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Series – It’s round two of this criterium series near Madison, Wisconsin. The course is located in an industrial park, which isn’t too technical and is great for this time of the year. For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100  Looking for more gravel adventures? This event includes a multi-surface road race, which of course, includes gravel. There are 100K and 64K options. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Criterium – It’s the 10th annual Spring Super Criterium at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. The race is held on an actual car racing track, so there’s no traffic and some interesting twists and turns you don’t find in your average criterium. The bonus is they also have indoor bathrooms and a food vendor, all on-site! Don’t miss out on this great spring classic. For more information, click here.

WoMo AR Ride – Looking for an active recovery ride after a hard weekend of racing and training? Maybe you’re looking for an easy paced ride to learn the basics of group riding? Join the ladies of Half Acre Cycling as they kick off the WoMo AR rides. The rides will depart from 5723 N California at 5:15pm. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intro to Track Cycling at Rapha –Make plans to attend this information gathering event at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago on Wednesday, April 12 from 6 till 8PM. You’ll have all your track cycling questions answered and you’ll be ready to head to the velodrome! For information on the event, click here.

WoMo Ride – This edition of the women’s ride will be led by the ladies of BFF Cycling. Join them as they journey from the city to Highland Park. As with all WoMo rides, there is a no-drop option as well as a more spirited paced group. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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