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Spring Super Crit

Mother Nature isn’t playing nice and instead of mild spring temperatures, it feels more like winter. But, if you have a hearty spirit and the proper gear, getting outside to ride and race this weekend is doable! There are plenty of options, check below for a few in our area.

Events:

WOMO Ride #1- The first of the 2018 all-women rides will be postponed until Saturday, April 28th.The predicted temps for this weekend are a bit too low to provide the experience this ride should. Make plans to come out in a few weeks! For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – If you’re looking for gravel, head out to this spring classic in Morris. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a pre-season favorite with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

John Fraser 10 mile TT – This is the final race in ABD’s winter time trial series. The 10 mile race begins in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

O’Fallon Grand Prix Road Race – Think all road races in Illinois are flat? Not so if you head south! This race is located near St. Louis, so prepare for a drive and a challenging road race course. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – Like many Wisconsin races, this criterium is located in a park setting. The course winds around the outskirts of the park and has one technical corner as you head to the start/finish line. It’s close to Milwaukee, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – This Wisconsin crit course is located at the Madison International Speedway. Unlike Blackhawk Farms, this course resembles a large wide and flat velodrome. If you’re looking for something that’s not too technical, this is a good option. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is just around the corner and it’s called Barry Roubaix. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Track racing season is just around the corner and if you’re curious about riding and racing a fixed gear bike on a velodrome, you should attend one or both of the upcoming clinics. The first clinic is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For more information, click here. The second clinic is at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Holiday Weekend

It’s springtime in Chicago and that means we have some unpredictable weather to deal with. This weekend you’ll have to dodge the raindrops and bundle up to make outdoor riding doable. There’s plenty ahead as we head into this holiday weekend. Get out and enjoy.

Events:

Skyway Crit Series Recon Ride – If you’re thinking of participating in the upcoming beginner race series, this recon ride is a great opportunity to prepare you for what’s ahead. You’ll get a chance to ride the course, ask questions and set your mind at ease so you’re ready to roll when the races begin. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WOMO Ride #1- The first of the 2018 all-ladies rides begin next Saturday. The ride will depart from 1501 N. Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am. From there the group will head north for a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The full group will head north to Highland Park for a quick stop before heading back to the city. This is a great ride for beginners and advanced riders. So, if you’re looking for a group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect! For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – If you’re looking for gravel, head out to this spring classic which begins in Morris on Saturday, April 7. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a great pre-season race with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

John Fraser 10 mile TT – This is the final race in ABD’s winter time trial series. The 10 mile race begins in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Clinics – Track racing season is just around the corner and if you’re curious about riding and racing a fixed gear bike on a velodrome, you should attend one or both of the upcoming clinics. The first clinic is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For more information, click here. The second clinic is at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is on Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pre-Season Road Racing Begins

Pre-season road racing gets underway this weekend with the Kenosha criterium series. There’ll be a chill in the air, but you can get out and test the legs and your competition. We spring forward somewhere between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, so be sure to set your clock ahead and get to bed early so you’re ready for racing.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event is on Sunday and the series continues for the next two Sunday’s. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

St Patrick’s Day Ride – It’s the annual Wheeling Wheelmen spring ride. Select from either 16, 20 or 36 mile routes. The event begins in Wauconda, so you can escape from the city and enjoy a few miles on scenic country roads. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing, which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Interested in learning to ride and race a fixed gear bike on the velodrome? There are two upcoming beginner clinics.

The first is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For information, click here.

The second will be at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For information, click here.

Plan ahead so you’re ready to roll when the season begins.

Have a great weekend!

 

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March Rolls In

The saying goes, “March rolls in like a lion and out like a lamb”, but that isn’t exactly the case for 2018 in Chicago. Who knows what or if we can expect any crazy weather over the next month, but right now, it’s pretty tame! Gather your gear and head out to your favorite group ride, do your intervals or just enjoy a scenic route at your own pace. Check below for ride options nearby.

Events:

Stay Rad Groad Ride – For those gearing up for the spring gravel races or for those just looking to get in some miles in a group setting, you’re all set with this one. It’s just over 63 miles of mixed surface road riding, beginning in Aurora. It’s a no-drop group ride, so there’s no fear of getting left behind! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event will be next Sunday and continue for the next two Sunday’s. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series – This is the third and final indoor event in this time trial series, with the fourth being held outside. Once again, the course is set for rolling hills. Go for the win or to improve your time from the previous race. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing, which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Interested in learning to ride and race a fixed gear bike on the velodrome? There are two upcoming beginner clinics. The first is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. The second will be at the Kenosha Velodrome on May 6th. Plan ahead so you’re ready to roll when the season begins. More information to follow.

Have a great weekend!

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Frostbite 40

We’re a few days away from March, a few more days away from the first day of spring, and we’re just a few days away from the 2018 road racing pre-season. This weekend we have comfortable temps to get outside and ride – with just a few layers. Get out, have some fun and add that extra effort to get you ready for what’s ahead.

Events:

Frostbite 40 – It may not be frosty, but it’ll still be 40 miles of gravel fun for those anxious to get the gravel season underway. Head northwest to the Freeport area for Sunday’s adventure. The race is free, but donations are welcomed and all funds go to support community service project. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

There may not be much on the calendar next weekend, but the weather is forecasted to be in the 40’s and that’s perfect for getting outside in early March.

Plan Ahead:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event will be held on Sunday, March 12th. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series – This is the third and final indoor event in this time trial series, with the fourth being held outside. Once again, the course is set for rolling hills. Go for the win or to improve your time from the previous race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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