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Glencoe Grand Prix and Illinois State Criterium

The dose of sunshine we’ve enjoyed this past week has done wonders for our psyche. Suddenly the city has come alive with the masses headed outside to enjoy the wonderful weather. There’s not much better than sunshine and cycling and as we head into the summer season, there’s no lack of options. Check below for events in our area.

Events:

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – This time the ladies are heading to Palos for a day of off-road fun. Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a seasoned rider, these events are a great gathering for all. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium/Illinois State Criterium Championship – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including a few Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. There are no events locally, but you can still visit one of the two operating velodromes in our area; Ed Rudolph and the Washington Bowl.

Opening Night/Ladies Night – It’s been a long road to resurface and reopen the Washington Bowl Velodrome in Kenosha, but the day is finally here! What better way to open up the season then to begin with Ladies Night! For event information, click here.

Sprinters Omnium Event #2 – It’s round two in this sprinter’s series. As always, the main feature is match sprints. Additional races include the Danish win & out and a four lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, head out to this women’s clinic next Saturday at Palos. The clinic includes instruction from several professional certified female coaches. The day will begin with a yoga session and the event includes lunch! For more information, click here.

LAPT Criterium – Head west of Milwaukee to Pabst Farms for next Saturday’s criterium action. The location is flat, so it’ll be all about speed in this crit. For more information, click here.

Hollander Benelux Criterium –You can create a Wisconsin getaway weekend with two criteriums near the Milwaukee area. Sunday’s race is located north west of Milwaukee. The course is in a corporate park and it’s not too technical. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This series of time trials usually begins a little earlier in the season, but delay or not, they’re getting back on track. This course is a loop around the Bong Recreation Center in southern Wisconsin. It’s all right turns and rolling hills. The single bong is 20K, and once around the course. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend is the unofficial start to summer, but it’s also a time to remember the brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Their bravery allows us to enjoy the freedom we sometimes take for granted. As we venture out this weekend to take part whatever our hearts desire, take a moment to think of those who have made it possible.

Events:

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend – This three day series is a favorite for master’s racers wanting to stay close to home for the holiday weekend, but still have the chance to race. This year, the event will be held in West Chicago (site of the Fall Fling series). For event information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Series – This series has a long history in the Midwest. There are four days of racing, beginning on today with the Burlington Road Race. Saturday’s Snake Alley Criterium is a specialty racers event with the climb up the twisty brick road. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which makes a big loop around a park, climbing and descending each lap, with a bonus speed bump at the bottom of the decent. Monday’s Quad Cities Criterium course has changed over the years, and is now features elevation changes to add a degree of difficulty to the race. For information on all four events in the series, click here.

Palymyra Road Race – If you’re looking to do some climbing, this is a road race course for you. Unlike the gentle tree-lined course from the previous week, this one is more exposed and has more elevation changes. If you’re looking for a challenging road course, this may be the one for you. For more information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking to get out and ride, but in a non-competitive environment? Make your way to Bike the Drive ride on Sunday. You’ll have the chance to ride up and down Lakeshore Drive, which is a spectacular treat! For more information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Head just a little north of Milwaukee to take part in this holiday weekend criterium. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. Locally, the Washington Park Velodrome will be joining in the celebration and offering a day of clinics and racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #1 – If you’re into mountain biking, but also love the thrill and speed of criterium racing, you’ll love this short track series. The events will be held on Thursday’s at Big Marsh on the south side of the city. For event information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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International Women’s Day

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#BeBoldforChange. That’s the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is this Wednesday, March 8. This movement promotes women in social, economic, cultural and political achievement. I believe the sport of cycling helps women to be empowered in sport and in life. Set your goals and keep moving forward!

If you have big goals for the upcoming season and want to not only gain fitness, but race strategy as well, watch as many of the Spring Classics as possible. You’ll see team tactics unfold. You can watch riders manage their energy; conserving until key moments in the race. Last week’s main event was the Omloop Het Nieusblad and this weekend will be the Strade Bianche. Most of the spring cycling classics can be live-streamed and the bigger races may be covered by your cable provider. Check them out!

Events:

International Women’s Day Ride – There will be a lunchtime ride in celebration International Women’s Day. If you can spare a few minutes this Wednesday, meet up with the Rowdy Tuff Girls on the Lakefront path, just behind the Shedd Aquarium at 12:15PM. For ride details, 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.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #4. This is the final indoor event in this series, with the final race being held outside in April. This week’s the race is back to the 10K rolling hills course. For race information or to register, 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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Afterglow

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The changing weather may have an interesting affect on this weekend’s riding and racing activities. There’s snow headed our way, which may not be the worst thing for an adventurous cyclists. With the right equipment, whether that means a cross, mountain or fat bike, a ride in fresh snow can be really fun. For skilled riders, the snow may bring and advantage to those racing. For those not accustomed to plowing through the snow, it will be a great chance to pick up new skills. There are still lots of events coming up, so add a few layers and keep riding!

 

Events: 

Afterglow – This fun-spirited race returns to Humboldt Park tomorrow morning. The race will have your typical category and age group events, but it will also have single speed, fat bike categories – and the Grudge Match! Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs, so you’ll have a lot of fun doing something you can feel good about. For event information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #5 – Take part in this fat bike winter series. The series encourages cycling outdoors in the winter months. Bring your own fat bike or rent one! This event will be held at Canal Shores in Evanston. For race information, click here.

Miller Chill – Head down to Bloomington’s for this late season race. The event is held in Miller Park and the course features a stone bridge flyover, a sandy beach crossing and hills. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements – Join with women around the world to brave the elements and get outside and ride. The Chicago ride will begin at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse on Saturday, December 17. The 60 mile ride will depart at 9am and there will be treats before, during and after the. It may be a chilly day, so dress warm and prepare for lots of fun. For event details, click here.

Peoria Frosty CX – If you’re not ready to throw in the towel on your cross season, you’re in luck! Head out to Peoria for a little more fun. The race may well live up to its frosty name with next week’s temperatures predicted to be downright chilly. For event information, click here.

Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championships – Looking to do one better than a state championship? You’ll have your chance next Saturday in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It’s a two-day cross fest near Madison which features the championship event on Saturday and another great race on Sunday. For event information, click here.

Midwest Grand Prix of Cyclocross – This is the second day of the two-day series. Sunday’s race is a non-championship event and the course will be slightly different than Saturday. But if you’re going to make the trip, you might as well may it a double header weekend. For details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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2016 Illinois State Cyclocross Championships

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Just as December begins we hear the word, “snow”. Will it just be a threat or will it be true? We’ll find out this weekend! Whatever weather rolls in, we’ve still got plenty to do outside, especially with the Illinois State Cyclocross championships on Sunday. Check below for a list of cycling activities in our area.

Events: –

The Early History of Women’s Cycling in Chicago – We’ve come a long way, ladies! Women have struggled throughout history to gain independence and equality and the bicycle has been a big part in moving us forward. Join historian Chris Sweet at BFF Bikes for an evening of history on how the bicycle has been a part of empowering women for decades. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup #11 – It’s the 2016 Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships at Montrose and the lakefront. It’s anyone’s guess what the conditions will be on race day. There’ve been years with frigid temperatures and years where it’s been downright balmy. The course has some guaranteed features, but with its proximity to the lake and wind, there are always plenty of course variables. Whatever the conditions, there are championships on the line and there will be battles in the field! For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Afterglow – This fun-spirited race returns to Humboldt Park. The race will have your typical category and age group events, but it will also have single speed, fat bike categories – and the Grudge Match! Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs, so you’ll have a lot of fun doing something you can feel good about. For event information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #5 – Take part in this fat bike winter series. The series encourages cycling outdoors in the winter months. Bring your own fat bike or rent one! This event will be held at Canal Shores in Evanston. For race information, click here.

Miller Chill – Head down to Bloomington’s for this late season race. The event is held in Miller Park and the course features a stone bridge flyover, a sandy beach crossing and hills. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend

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George Garner Sr Memorial Race @ Melas

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The winds are changing and they’re bringing in a blustery chill that we’ve seemed to escape until now. Layer up to head outside. There’s still plenty of fun ahead and you’ll want to be sure you burn as many calories before Thursday’s big feast. Check below for a few cycling options nearby.

Events: –

Furrow Euro –Cross country running meets cyclo-cross in this dual discipline event held on Furrow Farm in El Paso (near Bloomington). The course is wide open, so there’s nowhere to hide from the wind and there are a few rollers, twists and turns to make things fun. For race information, click here.

Sijan Cross Race – This race is held in Sijan Park in Milwaukee, a place honoring a local war hero. You’ll want to channel some of Lance Sijan’s tenacity as you go to battle for a little cross victory. For race information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #10 – George Garner Sr. Memorial race at Melas. There’s been a last minute name change to this race with the passing of George Garner Sr. in October. Honor a man who brought so much innovation to the cycling world. He developed a passion for bicycles at a young age and carried that with him to the end. Be inspired to give it your all on this unusual course with its main feature being a large retention basin. For race information, click here.

Cross the Isthmus Cross – This race will involve water, hills and heckling. Are you up for the challenge of the Madison Isthmus? For race information, click here.

Sadie Hawkins Style Ride – Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this stylish-scavenger hunt type race. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Organization. Meet in Palmer Square Park at 3pm and the race begins at 4pm. The post-race party will be held at Big Chicks. For information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get your cross racing on! You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

The Early History of Women’s Cycling in Chicago – We’ve come a long way, ladies! Women have struggled throughout history to gain independence and equality and the bicycle has been a big part in moving us forward. Join historian Chris Sweet at BFF Bikes for an evening of history on how the bicycle has been a part of empowering women for decades. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup #11 – Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships at Montrose. With this course being located on the lakefront, there’s always potential for course changes, just depending on how the wind blows. There’ll always be Cricket hill, sand and wind, but it’s anyone’s guess for much past that. It’s always a lot of fun and it’s for the big prize! For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Chicago Cubs and the Blues Brothers

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It’s a history making weekend in Chicago with the Cubs hosting their first World Series game in seventy one years. The city is buzzing with excitement and hope for a long-awaited win. How fitting is the timing of the World Series and the first race up for the weekend – Rhythm and Blues, a true Chicago connection. We’ve got another great weekend of weather ahead and so much to celebrate. Get out and have fun!

 

Events: –

Rhythm & Blues Revue –Before heading to the Cubs game, Jake and Elwood will probably be in Evanston to take park in the annual Rhythm & Blues cross race. The course is located at the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston, so it’s just a short ride from Wrigley. The event includes a kid’s ride and Specialized will be on hand with a demo fleet. There’s plenty of fun for everyone. For more information, click here.

Halloween Cylclocross Classic – Head out to this holiday-themed race located in Milwaukee’s Washington Park, which is an eco-friendly urban oasis. Race hard and then chill in the park and explore the Urban Ecology Center after. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – This week the series heads to St Charles for Campton Cross. This is one of the original Chicross Cup courses and was once known for its technical elements and elevation changes. Over time, some of the technical elements have been replaced with more power sections, but it remains a series favorite. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Wildlife Spooky CX – The Halloween-themed races continue next week at the Wildlife Prairie State Park, near Peoria. This area has a mountain bike/outdoor park, including a pump track, so it seems like the perfect location for a cross course with some technical elements. For race information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Classic – This was always one of my favorite courses for cross. It’s located in a Milwaukee park and has some great technical areas as well as some grassy power sections. Head out to race and enjoy free beer and sausage after! For race information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 –Groundhog Psiclocross. Several years back, they filmed the Groundhogs Day movie in Woodstock, so this race is celebrating that connection. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character kept repeating the same day over and over until he got things right. Psimet is taking a somewhat similar approach to this race by continually evolving the course, making it more interesting each year. Head out and see what changes are in store for this year. For race information, click here.

Camrock Cross –This area is well known to mountain bikers, with the Camrock mountain bike race held here earlier in the summer. The park has over 400 acres of land with lots of trails for riding and hiking, so it’s a great place for an interesting cross course. For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get a preview of the soon-to-be –open city Adventureland. You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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