Category Archives: Bike Winter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looks like this holiday has shed a little luck on Chicago with a terrific turnaround in the weather department. We had almost blizzard-like conditions on Monday, but today it all seems to be melting away and the prospect of outdoor fun this weekend is looking bright! There are so many options for riding events this weekend and the momentum keeps building. Check the listings below for outdoor opportunities.

Events:

Braver Than The Elements Ride – The weather doesn’t seem to cooperate for Chicago’s Braver than the Elements rides. The recent snowfall has left the initial route for this spring ride a bit sketchy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. The new route will head north to Northbrook and back, with a loop around the velodrome just for fun. Before heading out, there’ll be treats from the Spoke & Bird restaurant and Big Star tacos for the post ride. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer Ride #1 – Looking for a recreational ride with a twist? Join BFF Bikes as they head to local breweries each month. This Saturday they’ll head to Pipeworks Brewery for a tour. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen in this annual spring event. You can choose from either 16, 20 or 36 mile loops, all starting from the Wauconda High School. The post ride celebration will include entertainment from the Acoustic Soul Generations band. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – It’s the second weekend for this trilogy of races in Kenosha. This Sunday’s weather is certainly much more pleasant than last week, so if you’re on the fence, the temps should give you a bit of a push to get out there! For more information, click here.
Coming Up:

Pastry-Brest- Pastry – Do you think riding your bike, eating doughnuts, and having a beer sounds fun? The organizers of this gravel ride in North Aurora do! Take part in this 60 mile journey, where 60% of the riding surface is unpaved. Get out, have some fun and get some miles under your belt before the season gets going. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – Next weekend many local riders will be heading to Michigan for this spring gravel fest. There are 22, 36 and 62 mile courses, with categories across the board, including open, age group, single speed and tandem. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Calling all beginner riders to the line for this annual pre-season criterium training series. It’s four consecutive days of racing, giving you the chance test what works best for you in racing situations. The series runs from April 3-6 at Calumet Park. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

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We’ve got a mixed bag of weather this weekend, so the hearty will still get their training in outdoors, but it’s nearly March and spending a few more hours on the trainer isn’t so bad for the rest of us. There’s plenty of indoor cycling activities to take part in this weekend, including an art show. Whatever you do, enjoy the journey on your bike and get ready because spring is right around the corner.

Events:

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show – The 20th annual art show is this Friday and Saturday at Convert Loft on Lincoln Avenue. Mix and mingle with fellow cyclists while enjoying cycling-specific artwork. For more information, click here.

UCI World Cup Track Cycling – World Cup track cycling is here! This Friday through Sunday, the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles will be host to this UCI event which will feature all the crowd favorites, including the Keirin, the Madison and the Team Pursuit, among others. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – A sure sign that spring is on its way is the Kenosha Training Criterium Series. Many of us made our entry into the sport by trying a few of these pre-season races. They’re local and low-key, but just enough to get your season started. The races will be held on March 12, 19 and 26. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

HAC Women-Trans Gender Neutral Beginner Clinic – Are you interested in racing your bike, but want to cut out some of the learning curve? Make plans to attend this beginner clinic on March 12. They’ll cover a variety of topics including race strategy, cycling gear and more. For more information or to register, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. More details to follow, but be sure to put the date on your calendar.

 

Have a great weekend.

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Another Winter Warm-up

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The calendar may say it’s winter, but step outside and you’ll feel spring! We’ve got another spectacular weather weekend here in Chicago. Like last weekend, the group rides will be in full swing, so catch a ride with your favorite group or find a quiet road to train. Check below for upcoming cycling opportunities.

Events:

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for this weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp as we build towards racing season and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – The Rapha lecture series continues. This Wednesday’s lecture will feature Robbie Ventura of Vision Quest Coaching and former US Postal domestic professional racer. Robbie will be speaking on coaching and goal setting. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

UCI World Cup Track Cycling – World Cup track cycling is coming to the United States. The Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles will be host to this UCI event on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. They’ll be featuring all the crowd favorites, including the Keirin, the Madison and the Team Pursuit, among others. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – A sure sign that spring is on its way is the Kenosha Training Criterium Series. Many of us made our entry into the sport by trying a few of these pre-season races. They’re local and low-key, but just enough to get your season started. The races will be held on March 12, 19 and 26. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships

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We’ve got another warmup this weekend with temps reaching the mid-forties. There may not be any local races, but the group rides should be in full swing! Enjoy this md-winter heat wave and get outside and enjoy.

Events: 

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – You’ll have to travel a bit to race this weekend, but there’s fun in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday with this three hour challenge. The goal is to complete as many laps as you can in three hours. You can compete as solo rider or get a team of three together to share the effort. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture feature will be a Round Table Discussion on Bike Fit with Velosmith’s Tony Bustamante and Rachel Wills presenting. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships – The Northbrook Cycle Committee’s having a fundraiser, but you’ll have to muscle-up to do your part! It’s an indoor sprint competition which will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm at Chrome Chicago. For more information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for next weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp over these winter months and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Winter Bike Swap

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The conditions are favorable for riding outside this weekend. For those looking for an adventure on the trails, there’s still a bit of snow and enough cold to keep it for Saturday, if you head north. Around town the chill will ease as the weekend rolls on, so with a dry road, you’re free to roll! There’s a sampling of cycling related events headed our way. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. Proceeds from the race go to funding the trail system, so it’s a feel-good/fun event! For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm on Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha’s February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture is on Cross Training. Newt Cole of Morningbird Studio will be on hand to talk about training for cyclists. The event will be held at the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

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Cyclocross World Championships

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The hot spot in cycling this weekend will be Bieles, Luxenbourg, where the UCI World Cyclocross Championships will be held. If you’re not already headed there, you can still see what’s up by clicking here. They’ll also have a recap of the races at the Rapha Clubhouse.

If you’re sticking around town, there’s still plenty to do. You can bundle up and head outside to ride. Or you can choose from an assortment of cycling related activities held inside. For a list of local cycling activities, check the listing below.

Events: 

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place on Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Make plans to head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm next Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Ride to Women’s March – Chicago

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Holy heat wave, it’s warm in Chicago! Don’t let this warm weather event pass you by without getting outside. There’s plenty to do and see on your bike this weekend, so get out have some fun before we switch back to winter.

Events: 

Ride to Women’s March – Empowered women of Chicago, this ride is for you! Join Mia Moore and others as they ride together to get in a workout and then head to the Women’s March downtown. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago. For ride and event details, click here.

Metro Mountain Bikers Social Ride – This ride was intended to be a stroll around and over frozen lakes near Milwaukee. Since there isn’t a hint of frost, I think this event will have a few detours, but it should still be fun. If you’re looking to get out on your fat bike with friends, head north for some off-road fun. For event details, click here.

I Am Fat – For those looking for endurance miles on a fat bike, this event will work for you. It’s a three hour event which can be ridden solo or as a team of three. The event is held in Iowa City, so it’s a bit of a hike to get there, but if you’re up for the challenge, the drive will be worth it. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? Maybe you’re looking for that one part that’ll get your bike rolling again. The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place next Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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