Lately it feels as though we’ve been stuck in our own version of the Wizard of Oz. We were experiencing a well-deserved dose of warm weather, but with a mighty breeze, the cold has returned with rain. Such is the predictability of spring in the Midwest. Whatever the weather, the events keep growing and rolling in. Check the full listing below for upcoming options.
Fox River Grove Omnium – This local two day series is another favorite among racers. 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 long sweeping descent. Race one day or go 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.
Bike to Beer – This month’s bike and beer ride heads to Temperance Beer Company. The ride will head out from BFF Bikes on Saturday at noon and head to Temperance for a tour, snacks and tasting. 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.
Hot Dog Crits – It’s the second in this weekday trio of training criteriums where you gain experience and knowledge and you head home feeling like a hot dog racer! The course is located at 87th and Lakeshore Drive on the south side of the city. 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.
Master’s Memorial Day Weekend – This three day series is a favorite for master’s racers wanting to stay close to home for the holiday weekend, but still have the chance to get out and race. This year, the event will be held in West Chicago (site of the Fall Fling series). For event information, click here.
Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Series – This series has a long history in the Midwest. There are four days of racing, beginning on Friday with the Burlington Road Race. Saturday’s Snake Alley Criterium is a specialty racers event with the climb up the twisty brick road. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which makes a big loop around a park, climbing and descending each lap, with a bonus speed bump at the bottom of the decent. Monday’s Quad Cities Criterium course has changed over the years, and is now features elevation changes to add a degree of difficulty. For information on all four events in the series, click here.
Palymyra Road Race – If you’re looking to do some climbing, this is a road race course for you. Unlike the gentle tree-lined course from the previous week, this one is more exposed and has more elevation changes. If you’re looking for a challenging road course, this may be the one for you. For more information, click here.
Concordia University Criterium – Head just a little north of Milwaukee to take part in this holiday weekend criterium. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend!