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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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Opt-Outside

This holiday weekend, make the best use of your time away from work by getting outside and enjoying everything being outside has to offer. Fresh air, beautiful scenery, space to stay active and healthy and feel connected to the environment. The bonus of the weekend is the weather! With sunshine and warm fall temperatures, the options are endless. Enjoy!

Events:

Friends of Big Marsh Black Friday Cross Race – Instead of heading to the shopping malls today, opt outside and spend the day racing at the Big Marsh on the city’s south side. Remember to bring food donations for race call-ups! For event information, click here.

Gobble Cross – The Thanksgiving theme continues with this cross race in Peoria. The race will be held in Donovan Park, which has varied terrain for some off-road fun. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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 enjoyed balmy temps, while in other years, it’s been a frozen tundra. We’ll see what’s in store soon enough! For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pre-Holiday Weekend

We’re heading into the Thanksgiving holiday week and there’s no shortage of cycling events to keep you fit and fast. There’s also a bit of roller coaster weather, which is sure to keep you on your toes. This weekend we’ll see rain before the temps dip down. Be prepared before you head out the door and make sure you make the best clothing and gear selection to keep you happy while you pedal. Check the listings below for some outdoor options.

Events:

Major Taylor Cross Cup – There are two big days of racing in Indianapolis this weekend. The series will feature both amateur and UCI elite level events. The series will be held at the Indy Cycloplex, which will provide for a challenging course featuring hills, off camber sections and grass. For more information, click here.

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.

 

Coming Up:

Friends of Big Marsh Black Friday Cross Race – Instead of heading to the shopping malls the Friday after Thanksgiving, opt outside and spend the day racing at the Big Marsh on the city’s south side. Remember to bring food donations for race call-ups! For event information, click here.

Gobble Cross – The Thanksgiving theme continues with this cross race in Peoria. The race will be held in Donovan Park, which has varied terrain for some off-road fun. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Trek CX Cup

Step outside and you’ll be blanketed in summer-like warmth, even though it is officially the first day of fall. Enjoy the heatwave and take part in all this weekend has to offer. There are races, rides, and even a film festival. Check the listing below for the upcoming cycling events.

Events:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic today from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Filmed by Bike – Looking for a cycling related event that doesn’t require lycra or working out? Head out to this travelling film festival, which is also a fundraiser for West Town Bikes. Enjoy a great evening out and support a great cause. For event information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues this weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the DuPage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking for a generous helping of late season miles, you’ll want to head to Aroma Park next Sunday. The course is flat, but there’s always wind, so it’ll make for a competitive race. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series is back at it with the Hopkins Park race in DeKalb. The course includes gently rolling terrain, a short section of single track and plenty of power sections. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Bloomington Criterium

In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.

Events:

CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.

Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Illinois State Championships

We’re getting to the final stages of the road and track season and the state championship events are coming fast and furious. If you’re looking to collect a jersey or two, the next few weeks will be busy! If you’re looking to just get out and ride with friends, you’ve got that, too! Check below for a few riding options and get out and have fun!

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships – It’s the first time we’ve raced on this course in 2017, but for those who have been racing for a few years, this course is well-known. It’s the south course in Wood Dale’s industrial park, which is not-too technical, but still perfect for a fast crit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truth, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The days will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin and Scratch Race Championships –With last night’s Elaine Nekritz and Roger Delange races being rained out, next Thursday will be a BIG night in Northbrook. They’re combining the state scratch races and keirin championships on the same night, as we are running close to the end of the season. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – Head south next weekend for racing in the St Louis area. This race features a flat and fast seven corner, figure eight course and plenty of prize money. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium. This year’s race will be held on the summit hill course. It’s a four corner crit with a pinchy little climb on the backside and a slight downhill that leads to the start/finish. There are both USAC and ABR sanctioned races and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial & Wisconsin State Championship – This course is all about right turns! It’s a slightly hilly loop around the Bong Recreational Park in southern Wisconsin. This is the final Bong event for the season, with two laps and a distance of 40K. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Cycling Fun

Summer fun moves folks from indoors to the great outdoors. Cities and towns seem to come alive with activities bringing people together. This weekend is great example of communities being brought together with music, food and of course, bike riding. There’s so much to be a part of and the weather is just grand! Check below for a few options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – The series continues with the final three races in Elmhurst, Lake Bluff and Chicago. Elmhurst and Lake Bluff are relatively technical crit courses. Both races loop in the community for a big neighborhood festival. Sunday’s final race in Chicago is a somewhat basic four corner crit and has a bit of an industrial feel. For event details, click here.

Venus de Miles – This all-women’s ride is on Saturday. You can choose from a fully supported 25 or 60 mile route. The event includes lunch and lots of pampering upon your return. Proceeds go to Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here. Use the promo code ShareTheLove and receive a $7.00 discount.

Kirkie Vei Time Trial– This 20K time trial in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin is unlike the previous week’s flat course. This course includes rolling hills, ninety degree turns and a few good straight-aways. For race information, click here.

WBR Grand Fondo – Summer fun includes bike riding, baseball and barbeque, and you’ll get all three when you participate in the WBR Grand Fondo! The ride will depart from Wilmette and head north to Kenosha. There you’ll be treated to a baseball game and barbeque! The event is on Sunday, and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 – Join the Chicago edition of this global ride on Sunday. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse in Wicker Park and head to the North Shore for a 100K loop. For ride details, click here.

Bikes & Beer Ride – It’s a special edition of BFF’s Bike’s to Beer series. This Sunday, join a group departing from BFF bikes as they head down to the Goose Island Grand Prix, the final race in the Intelligentsia Cup series. For ride information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Madison Night – The Madison is one of the most exciting track races for both riders and spectators. It’s teams of two competing in a points race. Teammates swap places in the race by a hand sling, giving one rider relief and the other getting into the race. Come out and see what it’s all about. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Master’s Championships – Next weekend the Illinois State Master’s track championships will be held at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Events will include all timed events, match sprints and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Crits – The final event in this series is on Tuesday evening. One more chance to hone your crit skills and go for hot dog status in the local peloton. Get your warm-up in riding south to the course instead of battling the traffic and you’ll be set to tear it up in the race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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