Mongo Cross

We’re still having incredible weather heading into our second week of October. There are a few showers forecasted for this weekend, which may be to the delight of many cross racers, as it may create a mud factor. Rain or not, there’s another great weekend ahead to get out and enjoy being outside. Check the listings below for cycling opportunities.


Mongo CX – If you’ve ever seen the movie “Blazing Saddles”, your mind will immediately shift to the loveable burly character when you see the name of this race. I’m not sure if there’ll be a Mongo sighting, but, if you’re looking for something other than the local race scene, this may be the race for you. The race is located in McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Cross – Head to Grafton, Wisconsin if you’re looking for the complete fall festival cross package. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins! For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – This week the race series heads to the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s south side. For an urban setting, this little oasis provides several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. Last year the promoters also introduced a man-made “moat” that provided a bit of water and mud for the racers and plenty of entertainment for spectators. We’ll have to wait and see what’s dreamed up for this year’s course. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

UCI World Master’s Championships – Track season is over for most, but there’s no rest for the master’s field with the world track championships. This year and next, the United States has the honor of hosting the event, so there’ll be a strong turnout of local talent. The races will run Sunday to Sunday with a lot of action packed excitement contained in the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ichabod Cross – This is the first race in a two-day weekend series in Beardstown, which is near Springfield. Friday’s race is a nighttime event that’ll keep your blood pumping as you race away from shapes and shadows in the dark. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Hop Cross – Day two is in the daylight so you won’t be running from things lurking in the dark, but the promoters will test you with their course design that includes two flyovers and two sand pits. Day two also includes a relay category for a little extra team fun. For more information, click here.

Fitchrona Cross Omnium – If you’re looking for more than two days of racing, you’ll need to head to the Madison area next weekend for three solid days of racing. Friday’s  race is under the lights at McGaw Park. Saturday the series moves to Verona for Badger Cross. Finally, Sunday’s race moves back to Fitchburg’s McGaw Park to wrap up the weekend. You can go for the overall, or just pick and choose which days to race.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – It’s location #3 for the Carpentersville course. This year the race will be held at the former Woodland Elementary school. Since it’s a new venue, the course will be a surprise, but certainly a good one! For more information, click here.


Have a great weekend!


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