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Glencoe Grand Prix

The heat has subsided today, but only in terms of the temperature. The racing scene in our area will be scorching hot this weekend with the Glencoe Grand Prix on Saturday and the Cobb Park Criterium on Sunday. This weekend also offers up some off-road with Dirt Days or time trialing with the Bong and a Half. Take your pick and head out the door. Check the listing below for details.

Events:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – In its 9th year, the Women’s Dirt Day’s series offers women of all abilities a chance to come together and hit the trails. The first stop is Kettle Moraine. Meet at the John Muir Mountain Bike Trailhead to start the adventure. For more information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This has become the premier cycling event in Illinois. The race attracts riders from around the country and the course is technical and challenging. Make plans to come out tomorrow to race and then stick around for the food and music. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – There probably isn’t a course in Illinois with more history of famous riders racing on it than Cobb Park. The course is flat and has a few technical sections, making it a crit riders dream. Make it a two-for weekend and complete your weekend with Cobb Park. For more information, click here.

Bong and a Half 30K TT – The second in this time trial series is a loop and a half around the Bong Recreational Center. It’s a rolling course with all right turns. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Ladies Night at Washington Park – This Tuesday is Ladies night at the velodrome in Kenosha. Women will be competing for larger payouts and some cool giveaways. For race information, click here.

2018 Illinois Master’s Championships – Calling all master’s track racers. Nationals are just over a month away and the state championships are the first stop in your season goals. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMO Ride – Join the ladies again on June 9th for the next edition of the WoMo ride. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7:30am and head north to Highland Park. This is a no-drop ride, but at the turnaround, the group may split to offer a more spirited ride back to the city.

Menomonee Falls Crit – This Wisconsin crit is located near Milwaukee, so it’s not too far. The course is located in a park and the race winds around the perimeter with only one technical corner. For more information, click here.

BTR Park Criterium – For a change of pace, another option would be to head to Kalamazoo, Michigan. The course is a 1.1 mile loop which includes three 90 degree turns and a few sweepers. If you’re looking for something fast and new, give this a try. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead :

Tour of America’s Dairyland – Get ready for eleven days of racing throughout Wisconsin beginning on June 21st. This event features great courses that racers have come to know and love. The competition will be fast and furious, so be sure to take part in some or all of the action. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

There’s not much drafting in climbing, so your motto this weekend may be to hang on! That is, unless you plan on using your pedaling power to charge up the hills and build on the excitement at the Fox River Grove Omnium. Whether you hit the hills or stay where it’s flat, there’s plenty of action nearby. Check the listings below for options.

Events:

Fox River Omnium – This two day omnium features races that will challenge your skill and strength. Race information can be found here.

  • Elgin Cycling Classic – This race loops around a neighborhood and features flat and graded sections as well as a somewhat technical downhill/uphill chicane combo.
  • Fox River Grove – This race is all about climbing and descending. It’ll challenge your fitness and skills.

LAPT Road Race – This is a relatively forgiving road race course. It’s a 7 mile loop with rolling hills, but nothing too steep or long. The race is located in Palmyra, Wisconsin, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – Looking for some speed? Head to the Madison International Speedway for a fast, non-technical race course. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium Event #1 – There aren’t too many opportunities to fine tune your match sprint skills, but this three event series is designed to help. The day starts out with a 200 meter qualifier and then based on your time, you are matched up with others for the sprint tournament. Get your cat and mouse game on and be there! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master’s category races, you can stay close to home and get in three solid days of racing. This series is typically held in Wood Dale, but this year the races will be held on another familiar course in West Chicago. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – It’s four days of hot competition and great cycling courses in the quad cities area. These races have been around for a long time and as a Midwesterner, they are a rite of passage. The racing begins on Friday with the Burlington road race. Saturday is the infamous Snake Alley criterium, which is highlighted by the twisty cobble climb. Sunday is the Melon City criterium, which is more of a hilly circuit course with a speed bump at the bottom of the descent. The weekend wraps up on Monday with the Quad Cities Criterium (now called the Kwik Star Criterium). For more information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – It’s another road race in Palmyra, Wisconsin. It’s a place where country roads still exist and they’re quite scenic as well. Head north and get your fill of road racing! For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – In its 9th year, the Women’s Dirt Day’s series offer women of all abilities a chance to come together and hit the trails. The first stop is Kettle Moraine. Meet at the John Muir Mountain Bike Trailhead. For more information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This has become the premier cycling event in Illinois. The race attracts riders from around the country and the course is technical and challenging. Make plans to race and then stick around for the food and music. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – There probably isn’t a course in Illinois with more history of famous riders racing on it than Cobb Park. The course is flat and has a few technical sections, making it a crit riders dream. For more information, click here.

Bong and a Half 30K TT – The second in this time trial series is a loop and a half around the Bong Recreational Center. It’s a rolling course with all right turns. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and a time to celebrate women. Hopefully your celebration includes a solid workout followed by a little pampering. There are plenty of ride options this weekend, so whether you’re looking for a big challenge or something a little more low-key, there’s something just for you. Check the listings below for a few local options.

Events:

CycloFemme Chicago Rides – CycloFemme is a global celebration of women, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future. This year’s theme is RIDE Together, RISE Together . Two Chicago rides were scheduled for you to join in. The details are below.

  • Friday, May 11, join the Rapha Women’s Ride, which departs from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 6:30am.The ride ends at the WBR/SRAM office for breakfast. To register, click here.
  • Saturday, May 12, meet at Foster and the Lake front path at 7am for a short Ride to Yoga for Cyclists Class in Rogers Park. To register, click here.

 

Region Riot Criterium – Stay close to home for your crit action this weekend. The race is located in Hammond, Indiana and the 1.3 mile loop is flat and fast. For more information, click here.

 

Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event information, click here.

 

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another opportunity for a multi-day/race omnium series. This one is a little further north, but offers races in all three disciplines. Saturday offers an 8 mile Eddy Merxck style time trial. Later that day the road race will go off. It’s a 14 mile circuit and the distance depends on the category. On Sunday, they’ll have a 6 corner criterium to complete the series. For more information, click here.

 

Track Cycling:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – Track season got off to a great start last night – and with blistering speeds! This coming week the category 5 men get an opportunity to race in the Thursday night program. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fox River Omnium – This two day omnium features races that will challenge your skill and strength. Race information can be found here.

  • Elgin Cycling Classic – This race loops around a neighborhood and features flat and graded sections as well as a somewhat technical downhill/uphill chicane combo.
  • Fox River Grove – This race is all about climbing and descending. It’ll challenge your fitness and skills.

LAPT Road Race – This is a relatively forgiving road race course. It’s a 7 mile loop with rolling hills, but nothing too steep or long. The race is located in Palmyra, Wisconsin, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead – Memorial Day Weekend!

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master category races, you can stay close to home and get in three solid days of racing. This series is typically held in Wood Dale, but this year the races will be held on another familiar course in West Chicago. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – It’s four days of hot competition and great cycling courses in the quad cities area. These races have been around for a long time and as a Midwesterner, they are a rite of passage. The racing begins on Friday with the Burlington road race. Saturday is the infamous Snake Alley criterium, which is highlighted by the twisty cobble climb. Sunday is the Melon City criterium, which is more of a hilly circuit course with a speed bump at the bottom of the descent. The weekend wraps up on Monday with the Quad Cities Criterium (now called the Kwik Star Criterium). For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Monsters of the Midway

We’re finally experiencing some spring-like temperatures and just in time! The events are coming fast and furious and with something for everyone. Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

LaCrosse Omnium – This race series begins today and continues through Sunday. The events include a 2.4 mile time trial up Grandads Bluff – ouch! A road race on a 13.6 mile loop, the distance depends on the race category. The final race is a flat and fast criterium in downtown Lacrosse. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – If you were unable to attend the clinic at Northbrook or if you want to try out another track, attend this women-only clinic at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. For more information, click here.

Number Pick-up – Avoid the rush on opening night and head out to the track on Monday to pick up your annual race number and then stick around to socialize with your fellow trackies. For more information, click here.

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – That’s right, track cycling season is here! The first night of racing is this coming Thursday and racing will continue each Thursday through September 6. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

CycloFemme Chicago Rides – CycloFemme is a global celebration of women, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future. This year’s theme is RIDE Together, RISE Together . There are two Chicago rides for you to join in. The details are below.

  • Friday, May 11, join the Rapha Women’s Ride, which departs from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 6:30am.The ride ends at the WBR/SRAM office for breakfast. To register, click here.
  • Saturday, May 12, meet at Foster and the Lake front path at 7am for a short Ride to Yoga for Cyclists Class in Rogers Park. To register, click here.

 

Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event information, click here.

 

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another opportunity for a multi-day/race omnium series. This one is a little further north, but offers races in all three disciplines. Saturday offers an 8 mile Eddy Merxck style time trial. Later that day the road race will go off. It’s a 14 mile circuit and the distance depends on the category. On Sunday, they’ll have a 6 corner criterium to complete the series. For more information, click here.

 

Plan Ahead:

Fox River Omnium – This two day omnium features races that will challenge your skill and strength. Race information can be found here.

  • Elgin Cycling Classic – This race loops around a neighborhood and features flat and graded sections as well as a somewhat technical downhill/uphill chicane combo.
  • Fox River Grove – This race is all about climbing and descending. It’ll challenge your fitness and skills.

LAPT Road Race – This is a relatively forgiving road race course. It’s a 7 mile loop with rolling hills, but nothing too steep or long. The race is located in Palmyra, Wisconsin, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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O’Fallon Road Race

One thing you can rely on in our area is unpredictable weather in the springtime. That’s what we’ve experienced this week anyway; snow on Monday, and 70’s on Thursday! This weekend will be no different and it will be a test to dodge raindrops and snow as we try to get outside to ride and race. There’s a full lineup of events to take part in, check the listings below.

Events:                                                                                                                                                           

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.

An Evening With Katie Compton – Spend an evening with a 14-time national cyclocross champion and World cyclocross silver medalist. Katie Compton will be in Chicago this Thursday at the Goose Island Brewery for a Q&A session. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds go to Big Marsh. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Track Clinic – If you’re curious about fixed gear bikes and riding or racing on a velodrome, this clinic will provide you with all you need to get started. There are loaner bikes available, so there’s no excuse to not give it a try! The clinic will be held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome on Saturday, April 21.Rain date Sunday, April 22. For more information, click here.

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.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer – The next bike to beer ride is next Sunday. The group will be heading to Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs. The round trip is approximately 45 miles. Bring money for food, as there will be food trucks. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

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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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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Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2018, it’s a time to reflect on our 2017 season and set new goals for 2018. Will your goals include a major event, building for a strong season, or to use cycling as a means to enjoy pedaling outside and keeping fit? Be sure to set realistic but challenging goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Events:

Hot Soup for the Homeless – Start the New Year off on a good note by delivering soup to the homeless on your bike. You can join the group leading this charge in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, or take up the charge closer to your home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than snow-covered trail riding. With the current snowy conditions and the predicted future snowfall, next weekend will be a fun-fest. This edition of the Hugh Jass series is located at the New Fane mountain bike trails in northern Kettle Moraine. For more information, click here.

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, stay focused, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & Happy New Year!

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