Monsters of the Midway

Will you need to be a monster to tackle the Midway tomorrow? I guess that depends on what Mother Nature doles out for us. It’s early May and that means the weather is predictably unpredictable! Whether there is wind and rain or sunshine and calm, the races will go on. Check the listings below for details.


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. 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.

Track Cycling:

Fundamentals Clinic – If you’re new to the track and want a fast-track to learning the ropes and upgrading, attend this clinic on Saturday afternoon. For event information, click here.

Pre-season Social and Number Pick-up – Avoid a long line at registration on Thursday evening by coming out to pick-up your racing number for the season on Monday. It’s a multi-purpose evening with a social and bike swap all wrapped up under the chalet. Catch-up with all your favorite trackies and pick up a part or two for a winning evening. For information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – The first night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is Thursday, May 11. After a long offseason, riders will be anxious to get back to racing and all the camaraderie that comes along with Thursday evenings in the summer. For race information, click here.

Sprinter’s Omnium I– This is the first of three sprinter tournaments scheduled for this summer at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. These are a great opportunity to learn and practice match sprints and strategy. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at Kenosha Velodrome – The Washington Bowl has been closed for the last two years for a resurfacing project. The project is finally complete and the beautiful 333 meter, 27 degree banked track is just about ready for show time! The clinic is a great time to check out the velodrome and learn the basics of riding and racing on the track. The event is Sunday, May 21st from noon til 3PM. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Urbana Grand Prix –After skipping a year, the promoters of the Urbana Grand Prix are bringing back this race! It’s located in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, which is a beautiful setting for an exciting course. There’s a technical corner to challenge riders as well as a punchy little climb, just before the start finish line. All this, as you roll around a scenic park. For event details, click here.

Region Riot Criterium – Looking to stay close to home next weekend, but still want to get out and race? This race is being held at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, Indiana, so it doesn’t get much closer. It’s a flat and fast 1.3 mile circuit on a closed course. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!


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