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Tour of America’s Dairyland

The summer fun continues as we head into a major racing block and the commuter challenge. There’s a bit of rain in the upcoming forecast, but hopefully we can dodge most of that during ride time. Get out and soak up the sun on your bicycle! Check the listings below for local options.

Events:

Commuter Challenge – Do you commute on a regular basis or wish you did more often? Use the commuter challenge as motivation to put in more miles or see how well you stack up against others in this light-hearted competition. The kickoff for this event was this morning with a rally in Daly plaza. If you haven’t signed up, no worries! It’s not too late to take part in this competition which spans from June 16th through June 30th. For more information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The eleven day series kicked off yesterday in Kenosha with the Food Folks and Spokes criterium. This Midwestern series has become a local favorite, but also draws riders from around the country for some fabulous competition and great venues. For details on the series, click here.

Bikes to Beer Ride – The Father’s Day edition of this ride heads to Revolution Brewing. The ride will depart at noon from BFF Bikes and head to Logan Square for a brewery tour. For event information, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K Time Trial – This time trial is located in Garden Prairie. The course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. The key variable for this course will be the wind, or lack thereof. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The series continues through June 25th with some amazing courses, including Saturday’s famed Downer Ave. It’s like a rolling festival that includes food, family fun and bike racing! For details on the series, click here.

Hot Dog Crits Event #3 –It’s the third and final event of this weekday criterium series, which is designed to give riders an opportunity to practice racing skills. The events are low-cost and the rewards are experience and the potential bragging rights, or hot dog status. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #3 – Event #2 was cancelled due to conditions created by the weather, but the third event is on target for Thursday, June 29th. Be a part of this weekday, off-road series which is a little like crit racing in the dirt. It’s fast and it’s fun and it’s located on the south side of the city. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

 

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Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

This weekend offers up the perfect summer sampling of cycling events. There’s an option for every cycling discipline, so you can take your pick! Will you go off-road with mountain biking or head to the velodrome for track racing or will you take part in the road options which include criteriums, time trials and group rides? The choice is up to you and the weekend weather is going to be perfect. Check below for your options.

Events:

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, head out to this women’s clinic tomorrow at Palos. The clinic includes instruction from several professional certified female coaches. The day will begin with a yoga session and the event includes lunch! For more information, click here.

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Spidermonkey team. The ride departs at 7:30am from 1501 N Damen and there is a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park and return home. There is a no drop option as well as a more spirited option for the return trip. For ride information, click here.

LAPT Criterium – Head west of Milwaukee to Pabst Farms for this Saturday’s criterium action. The location is flat, so it’ll be all about speed in this crit. For more information, click here.

Hollander Benelux Criterium –You can create a Wisconsin getaway weekend with two criteriums near the Milwaukee area. Sunday’s race is located north west of Milwaukee. The course is in a corporate park and features elevation changes as a potential to shake up the field. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This series of time trials usually begins a little earlier in the season, but delay or not, they’re getting back on track. This course is a loop around the Bong Recreation Center in southern Wisconsin. It’s all right turns and rolling hills. The single bong is 20K, and one loop around the course. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Omnium Event #2 – It’s round two in this sprinter’s series.at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. As always, the main feature is match sprints. Additional races include the Danish win & out and a four lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Commuter Challenge – Do you commute on a regular basis or wish you did more often? Use the commuter challenge as motivation to put in more miles or see how well you stack up against others in this light-hearted competition. The event spans from June 16th through June 30th. For more information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #2 – It’s the second in this weekday, off-road series which is a little like crit racing in the dirt. It’s fast and it’s fun and it’s located on the south side of the city. For race information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – It’s eleven days of racing in locations across Wisconsin. The series offers up some great courses and even better competition. You can compete for the overall series or pick and choose races depending on your schedule. The series kicks off at the Food, Folks and Spokes race, which is located in Kenosha and is a classic, almost four corner crit. For details on the series, click here.

Bikes to Beer Ride – The Father’s Day edition of this ride heads to Revolution Brewing. The ride will depart at noon from BFF Bikes and head to Logan Square for a brewery tour. For event information, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K Time Trial – Located in Garden Prairie. The course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. The key variable for this course will be the wind, or lack thereof. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Glencoe Grand Prix and Illinois State Criterium

The dose of sunshine we’ve enjoyed this past week has done wonders for our psyche. Suddenly the city has come alive with the masses headed outside to enjoy the wonderful weather. There’s not much better than sunshine and cycling and as we head into the summer season, there’s no lack of options. Check below for events in our area.

Events:

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – This time the ladies are heading to Palos for a day of off-road fun. Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a seasoned rider, these events are a great gathering for all. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium/Illinois State Criterium Championship – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including a few Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. There are no events locally, but you can still visit one of the two operating velodromes in our area; Ed Rudolph and the Washington Bowl.

Opening Night/Ladies Night – It’s been a long road to resurface and reopen the Washington Bowl Velodrome in Kenosha, but the day is finally here! What better way to open up the season then to begin with Ladies Night! For event information, click here.

Sprinters Omnium Event #2 – It’s round two in this sprinter’s series. As always, the main feature is match sprints. Additional races include the Danish win & out and a four lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, head out to this women’s clinic next Saturday at Palos. The clinic includes instruction from several professional certified female coaches. The day will begin with a yoga session and the event includes lunch! For more information, click here.

LAPT Criterium – Head west of Milwaukee to Pabst Farms for next Saturday’s criterium action. The location is flat, so it’ll be all about speed in this crit. For more information, click here.

Hollander Benelux Criterium –You can create a Wisconsin getaway weekend with two criteriums near the Milwaukee area. Sunday’s race is located north west of Milwaukee. The course is in a corporate park and it’s not too technical. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This series of time trials usually begins a little earlier in the season, but delay or not, they’re getting back on track. This course is a loop around the Bong Recreation Center in southern Wisconsin. It’s all right turns and rolling hills. The single bong is 20K, and once around the course. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend is the unofficial start to summer, but it’s also a time to remember the brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Their bravery allows us to enjoy the freedom we sometimes take for granted. As we venture out this weekend to take part whatever our hearts desire, take a moment to think of those who have made it possible.

Events:

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 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 today 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 to the race. 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.

Bike the Drive – Looking to get out and ride, but in a non-competitive environment? Make your way to Bike the Drive ride on Sunday. You’ll have the chance to ride up and down Lakeshore Drive, which is a spectacular treat! 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.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. Locally, the Washington Park Velodrome will be joining in the celebration and offering a day of clinics and racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #1 – If you’re into mountain biking, but also love the thrill and speed of criterium racing, you’ll love this short track series. The events will be held on Thursday’s at Big Marsh on the south side of the city. For event information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

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.

Events:

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.

Track Cycling:

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.

Coming Up:

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!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Ride!

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.

Events:

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.

Track Cycling:

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.

Coming Up:

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!

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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.

Events:

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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