Category Archives: Bike Racing

The 2018 Winter Olympics Begin

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and for the next few weeks, most of us will be cheering on our favorite athletes as they compete. While there’s no cycling in the Winter Olympics, there are definite cross-overs. For me, speed skating is most like bike racing, in particular, short track. No matter which event is your favorite, just be inspired by the hard work and determination it takes for each athlete to make it to the games. Use that inspiration to push you to a new level in your training and enjoy the high of tough, but fulfilling workouts.

Whether you plan to stay inside or head out, there are options for you. Check the listings below for a few local events.

Events:

Hugh Jass Series -Sturgeon Spectacular – It’s the “Spear the Fatty Fat Tire” bike race in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, tomorrow. If you can make the drive, it’ll be a fun snow-fest including fat bike racing as well as a downtown fun ride. This event is also connected to the Sturgeon Spectacular winter fest which goes on all weekend, so it’s worth the drive! For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second event in the ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fat Abominable Snowbike Scramble – This event is all about having fun in the snow. There are individual and team events to challenge your competitive side. There’ll also be food and beverages to enjoy throughout the day. The event is just over the border at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross World Championships

The center of the cycling world will be the Netherlands this weekend for the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships. The championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and you can view the races at local shops, including Johnny Sprockets and the Rapha Clubhouse. Be sure to keep an eye out for our local heroine, Maria Larkin, who will be racing on the Irish National team!!

Let the championship event inspire you to keep your season goals alive as we battle another cold weekend in Chicago. Whether you bundle up and head outside, or hunker down on a trainer, keep at it!

Events:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in this Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – This weekend, the fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There’ll be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second of ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Corn Cross Racing

The weekend got off to a great start today with Chicago’s annual Winter Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza. With morning temperatures in the 40’s, it was easy to draw a crowd and have riders mingle for a while. The weather will continue to be mildly pleasant this weekend, so if you’re experiencing a bit of cabin fever, now’s a great time to get outside and ride.

Events:

Corn Cross – For those not quite ready to hang up the cross bike, there’s one more race for you to get your fix. Head south to Urbana tomorrow for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in next Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – Next weekend, this fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There will be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Braver than the Elements

We’ve got a winter warm-up just in time for the women’s weekend. The weekend will begin with Chicago’s Women’s March and Rally on Saturday. Sunday, join the ladies for Chicago’s edition of Braver than the Elements – an event celebrated by women around the world! Don’t miss out on all this weekend has to offer. Check the listings below for events in our area.

Events:

Braver than the Elements – This Sunday, be part of an international women’s ride. In Chicago, the group will head out on a 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues this Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work – Next Friday is Chicago’s 26th annual Winter Bike to Work Day Rally. Head to Daley Plaza between 7-9am to take part in all the fun. REI will be handing out free bike lights, coupons and offering minor bike adjustments. There will also be great giveaways from vendors including Dark Matter Coffee and Eli’s Cheesecake. For more information, click here.

Corn Cross – For those not quite ready to hang up the cross bike, there’s one more race for you to get your fix. Head south to Urbana next Saturday for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross National Championships

We seem to have made it out of the deep freeze and into some typical winter weather. Not exactly perfect outdoor riding conditions for everyone, but for some this weather is a relief. Whether you opt to train indoors or outside, tis the season to keep building. There are some great local events and the big stage for cycling is Reno. Check the listings below for what’s going on!

Events:

Cyclocross National Championships – It may be chilly around here, but the heat is on in Reno, Nevada, with the Cyclocross National Championships! The racing began on the 9th and will continue through Sunday, January 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is this Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This eight week yoga series continues this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements Pre-Ride Social – Thinking about participating in this year’s Braver than the Elements ride? Attend this social on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30 to 8pm at the Rapha Clubhouse. They’ll be discussing ride prep options for Sunday’s as well as socializing. For more information, click here.

Braver than the Elements – Next Sunday, be brave and join the ladies as they head out on this 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cold Start to the Year

The start of the New Year has been a frigid one and it seems only the incredibly hearty riders have ventured out to face the extreme temps on their bikes. Whether you bundle up and head outdoors or stay inside for indoor miles, there’s no time for slacking as we build for the new season. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than riding on snow-covered trails and that’s what you’ll get at this Hugh Jass event! This week the series heads to northern Kettle Moraine, where riders will hit the New Fane mountain bike trails. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This is the first in a weekly yoga series that begins this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships begin next week and are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & stay warm!

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Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2018, it’s a time to reflect on our 2017 season and set new goals for 2018. Will your goals include a major event, building for a strong season, or to use cycling as a means to enjoy pedaling outside and keeping fit? Be sure to set realistic but challenging goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Events:

Hot Soup for the Homeless – Start the New Year off on a good note by delivering soup to the homeless on your bike. You can join the group leading this charge in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, or take up the charge closer to your home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than snow-covered trail riding. With the current snowy conditions and the predicted future snowfall, next weekend will be a fun-fest. This edition of the Hugh Jass series is located at the New Fane mountain bike trails in northern Kettle Moraine. For more information, click here.

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, stay focused, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & Happy New Year!

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