In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.
CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.
Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.
Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.
Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.
Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.
Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.
Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.
Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.
Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.
Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!
Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.
Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.
Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.
Have a great weekend!