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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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Intelligentsia Cup

In just a few hours the biggest road racing series in Illinois will kick off. The quiet little community of Beverly will be buzzing with the energy only a bike race can provide. Whether you ride or race, there’s plenty to do during these spectacular summer months. Get out and enjoy! Check the listings below for a few upcoming options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup –Ten days of high powered racing around Chicago begins today in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. The series loops around the city and suburbs and features both criterium and road race courses. For details on all the events, click here.

ABR Midwest Regional Championship Time Trial – This super-flat course is great for speed and the opportunity to set a PR for this distance. Head out to Cordova for this 40K and set your sights on a championship ride. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

George Garner Memorial Keirin Night – The keirin is one of the most exciting track races, especially for spectators. Riders are pulled up to speed by a motorized bike and when the motor pulls off, the race begins. If you’re looking to see some exciting racing or if you want to take part in the fun, head to Northbrook next Thursday. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

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 – Take part in this all-women’s ride on Saturday, July 22nd. 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, July 23rd 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, July 23. 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.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Ride Weekend

It’s a big weekend for ladies in the Chicago area with women’s rides scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options ahead from the road to the track and in the dirt! Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Union Cycling team. The ride will depart from 1501 North Damen at 7:30am with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park. On the return trip, the group may split into faster or more moderately paced groups. For ride information, click here.

Womo/Border Ride – For those looking for a few more miles, join the group continuing on from the WoMo ride turnaround point. The ride will continue on to the Wisconsin border and return to the city for a full century ride. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – You’ll have to head to Indianapolis if you want to race a crit this weekend, but it will be well worth the drive. It’s a fast figure 8 course around monument circle. The race draws riders from around the Midwest and there’s plenty of money and prizes on the line to heat up the competition. For race details, click here.

Hersher Two Person Time Trial – This weekend’s race is all about teamwork. If you’ve taken part in a team time trial, you already know how rewarding it can be. If you haven’t, then you should make sure to give this event a try. Grab your teammate and choose from either 25K or 50k and plan to work together to maximize your team’s potential. For race information, click here.

Rapha 100 Women’s Training Ride – If you’re not able to attend the women’s ride on Saturday, no worries! Join the training ride on Sunday from Rapha. The ride is geared towards getting you ready for the upcoming Rapha 100 ride later in July. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #4 – This is the fourth and final event in this off-road short track series. Head out for some fast paced racing in the dirt. For event information, click here.

Track Cycling

Sprinters Dream Omnium Series Event #3 – It’s the final event in this sprinters series. The event begins with flying 200’s to set up pairings for the match sprints. The event will also include the Belgian win and out, a four lap scratch race and time trial record attempts. If you want to fine tune your sprinting and race tactics, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Coming Up –

Intelligentsia Cup – Get set for ten days of high powered racing around Chicago, beginning next Friday in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. The series loops around the city and suburbs and features both criterium and road race courses. For details on all the events, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Venus de Miles – Take part in this all-women’s ride on Saturday, July 22nd. 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.

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, July 23rd and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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.

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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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