Category Archives: Bike Winter

Chilly Cross

We’re going to have some chilly temps this weekend to coincide with some chilly-themed racing! Whether you head north or south, there’s cycling fun to be had! Will you challenge yourself to some serious or lighthearted racing this weekend? Check the listings below for options.

Events:

Midwest Regional Cross Championships – The state championships are in the rear view mirror, so it’s on to a bigger goal of earning a regional championship title. Head to the Madison area this weekend for this regional event. The course will be located at the familiar cross location of Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Race #4 – This event will be held on the mountain bike trails at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours Center. This is destined to be a great outdoor event with over nine miles of single-track! Be sure to wear your ugly holiday sweater for extra points. For event information, click here.

Miller Chill CX – If you’re still looking to race cross, but on the local level, head south to Bloomington for this exciting race. The course features a stone bridge, flyover, sandy beach crossing, and a few hills. The course is located in Miller Park, which has a zoo for a great post-race activity. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race – This event is all about having fun and raising money for youth bicycle programs in Chicago. This year the race will be held at Douglas Park, which is another gem in our fine city. Head out and compete in one or multiple categories, including the Grudge Match. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclo-Cross State Championship Weekend

If you’re racing cross this weekend, you may have been hoping for some rain or snow to add a degree of difficulty to course conditions. But, to the delight of those who prefer more fair weather conditions, it’s going to be a pretty wonderful and warm December weekend. There’s racing and riding to do, so get out and enjoy.

Events:

Wisconsin State Cross Championships – It’s a big weekend for championship races in the Midwest. The weekend begins with our neighbors to the north. The course will be held at the Trek headquarters in Waterloo, which has proven to be an exciting and challenging cross course. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #11 – The final race in this cross series is the Illinois State Championship at Montrose. It’s a great course, with ever-changing features, depending on the weather. There’s always Cricket Hill to climb and there’ll always be sand (how much is determined by the weather), off camber sections and so much more! In some years, racers have endured a frozen tundra, but it looks like this year it’s going to be balmy. Get ready for some great action on the lakefront! For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Midwest Regional Cross Championships – The state championships will be in the rear view mirror next weekend, so it’s on to a bigger goal of earning a regional championship title. Head to the Madison area next weekend for this big event. The course will be located at the familiar cross location of Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Miller Chill CX – If you’re still looking to race cross, but on the local level, head south to Bloomington for this exciting course. The course features a stone bridge, flyover, sandy beach crossing, and a few hills. The course is located in Miller Park, which has a zoo for a great post-race activity. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pheasant Run Races

There seems to be a trend in the latest local cyclo-cross races, and that trend involves animals. From groundhogs to farm animals and pheasants, there are creatures all around. Bundle up, cause it’s cold and get outside and see what animals you’ll find this weekend. Whether you’re riding or racing, there’s plenty to do. Check below for options in our area.

Events:

Chicross Cup Events #9 & #10 – There’s a location change for this annual two-day event. This year the series will be located at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. As in the past, the race will be held on a golf course, so you may make some assumptions, like, there will be grass and sand pits, but there’s a lot that’s unknown. Be sure to arrive early to scope out the course and plan to stay over to enjoy all the Saturday evening activities. For more information, click here.

WIIL Awards Banquet – Get cleaned up and plan to spend an evening with your cycling friends, wearing something other than Lycra. The banquet is Saturday evening at The Grove Banquets and Catering in Buffalo Grove. Jerseys will be awarded for the WIIL Rider of the year, Tour of Wisconsin/Illinois, Mid America Time Trial Series and Central State Track. For more information, click here.

Tough Udder CX – This race will have some typical cross course obstacles, but may also have some added distractions with an assortment of farm animals hanging out. The race will be held on the Oakridge Farm, which is just west of Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Bike Series Event #3 – We pick up this series at the Kegal/Alpha trails near Whitnall Park (a classic road course location). As with every Hugh Jass Race there are fat bike rentals, tech service, post-race beverages, parking lot contests and more. If you’re in for some light-hearted fat bike fun, this series is for you. For more information, click here.

Furrow Euro – Cross country running meets cyclo-cross in this dual discipline event held on Furrow Farm. Head south to El Paso for this unique cross experience. It’s a wide-open course that includes a few rollers, twists and turns. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #10 – It’s another series course change. The Racin Basin in Melas Park has been replaced by a course in Wheeling Heritage Park. It’ll be anyone’s guess what the promoters will dream up for course design, but it’s sure to be good. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – For this edition of the brewery tours, the BFF Bikes team will lead a group north to Lake Bluff Brewing Company. After a sampling of beers and a snack, you have the option of riding back to the city or hopping on the Metra for your return. If bikes and beer are your thing, don’t miss out. This may be the final brewery tour until next year. For more information, here.

 

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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.
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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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