It’s Mother’s Day weekend and we have a full bouquet of riding options. No matter what type of riding you like, there’s an event for you this weekend. The bonus for this weekend is going to be the weather. After several weeks of dodging raindrops and cold temps, we’re going to get a reprieve. Enjoy the sunshine and the riding and have a great weekend.
North East Wisconsin Omnium –It’s three races packed into two days for this series. Day one includes an eight mile time trial over rolling terrain and a long course crit that’s mostly flat. Day two includes a short course crit which is flat with sweeping turns. For more information, click here.
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 race close to home this weekend? 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.
WoMo Ride – This week’s women’s ride is being led by the Bonkers team. The ride has two pick-up locations in the city, and then the group will head north to Highland Park. On the return trip, the group will have the option to split into either a no-drop ride or a more spirited ride to return to the city. For more information, click here.
Cyclofemme Ride –This ride is a celebration of women, so it’s a perfect event for Mother’s Day. The no-drop ride will depart from the Rapha clubhouse Chicago and head north to Evanston. The post ride celebration will include Big Star tacos provided by Rapha. For more information and to register, click here.
Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event 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 till 3PM. For more information, click here.
Fox River Grove Omnium – This is a great local two day series. Day one is the Elgin Cycling Classic, which is a relatively short course which includes rolling terrain, and an off-camber corner. Day two is the Fox River Grove Criterium, which features a long climb and a nice sweeping descent. Race one day or for the overall omnium. For event information, click here.
LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race – Most road races have a nasty climb to shake up the field, but this course is a little more forgiving as far as climbing is concerned. The course loop is just shy of seven miles and has a maximum four percent grade. If you’re a little intimidated by climbing, but want to do a few road races, this may be a great place to start. For more information, click here.
Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend!