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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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Cyclo-Cross State Championship Weekend

If you’re racing cross this weekend, you may have been hoping for some rain or snow to add a degree of difficulty to course conditions. But, to the delight of those who prefer more fair weather conditions, it’s going to be a pretty wonderful and warm December weekend. There’s racing and riding to do, so get out and enjoy.

Events:

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 endured a frozen tundra, but it looks like this year it’s going to be balmy. Get ready for some great action on the lakefront! For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Midwest Regional Cross Championships – The state championships will be in the rear view mirror next weekend, so it’s on to a bigger goal of earning a regional championship title. Head to the Madison area next weekend for this big event. The course will be located at the familiar cross location of Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For more 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 course. 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.

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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Pheasant Run Races

There seems to be a trend in the latest local cyclo-cross races, and that trend involves animals. From groundhogs to farm animals and pheasants, there are creatures all around. Bundle up, cause it’s cold and get outside and see what animals you’ll find this weekend. Whether you’re riding or racing, there’s plenty to do. Check below for options in our area.

Events:

Chicross Cup Events #9 & #10 – There’s a location change for this annual two-day event. This year the series will be located at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. As in the past, the race will be held on a golf course, so you may make some assumptions, like, there will be grass and sand pits, but there’s a lot that’s unknown. Be sure to arrive early to scope out the course and plan to stay over to enjoy all the Saturday evening activities. For more information, click here.

WIIL Awards Banquet – Get cleaned up and plan to spend an evening with your cycling friends, wearing something other than Lycra. The banquet is Saturday evening at The Grove Banquets and Catering in Buffalo Grove. Jerseys will be awarded for the WIIL Rider of the year, Tour of Wisconsin/Illinois, Mid America Time Trial Series and Central State Track. For more information, click here.

Tough Udder CX – This race will have some typical cross course obstacles, but may also have some added distractions with an assortment of farm animals hanging out. The race will be held on the Oakridge Farm, which is just west of Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Wildlife Cross

It’s going to be a cross racer dream weekend with all the rain in the forecast. There’ll be plenty of mud to slip and slide around and create course hazards for racers. Sharpen up your skills and head out to races. There are lots of local options and you’ll get a little more sleep as we turn back the clocks for the time change. Enjoy!

Events:

Wildlife Spooky CX – The best part of this race may not be the race, but the location where it’s held. Head out to the Wildlife Prairie Park in Hannah City, which is near Peoria. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Midwest, the 2000 acre park is home to 150 animals and its mission is to promote conservation, education and recreation. For more information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclo-Cross Classic – This classic cross course is located in a park in Milwaukee. The course offers a full range of technical and power sections to challenge not only the technically skilled, but the power riders as well. Enjoy a beer and sausage after the race, as they are provided to all participants. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – This week the series heads to Woodstock for Groundhog Psi-Clocross. Located in Emrickson Park, this course offers up rolling hills, a bit of wooded single-track and even a sand pit. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Events #9 & #10 – There’s a location change for this annual two-day event. This year the series will be located at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. As in the past, the race will be held on a golf course, so you may make some assumptions, like, there will be grass and sand pits, but there’s a lot that’s unknown. Be sure to arrive early to scope out the course and plan to stay over to enjoy all the Saturday evening activities. For more information, click here.

WIIL Awards Banquet – Get cleaned up and plan to spend an evening with your cycling friends, wearing something other than Lycra. The banquet is on Saturday, November 11 at The Grove Banquets and Catering in Buffalo Grove. Jerseys will be awarded for the WIIL Rider of the year, Tour of Wisconsin/Illinois, Mid America Time Trial Series and Central State Track. For more information, click here.

Tough Udder CX – This race will have some typical cross course obstacles, but may also have some added distractions with an assortment of farm animals hanging out. The race will be held on the Oakridge Farm, which is just west of Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Halloween Weekend

Someone flipped a switch and in an instant, we have fall! Since it’s nearly November, I guess we should welcome the cooler weather. Although, the potential for frost may change up the course conditions for those racing cross this weekend, especially if you’re up early in the day. Just plan ahead, bring plenty of gear options and make sure you’ve got the correct tire pressure! Lots of great riding and racing options this Halloween weekend. Check the listings below for options.

 

Events:

Cross Fire – This is the WCA’s unofficial Halloween race. The course is located at Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie and costumes are highly recommended. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – This week the series heads to St. Charles for Campton Cross. This course used to be geared for the technically skilled mountain biker, but over time, some of the technical features have been removed, so it’s more power! For more information, click here.

Sun Prairie Cross – You can make it a two-day race weekend in Madison if you stick around for the Sun Prairie Cup in Sheehan Park on Sunday. Both races are part of Wisconsin’s Cup series, so you’ll have a chance to earn points in this two race weekend near Madison. For more information, here.

Bikes to Beer – Looking to enjoy a non-competitive ride on a crisp fall day? Join the crew at BFF Bikes as they head to Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove. For those looking to log a few miles, the round trip is 63 miles. If you’re not looking to ride that distance, or if you decide you don’t have it in you for the return trip, there’s an option to take the Metra home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Wildlife Spooky CX – The best part of this race may not be the race, but the location where it’s held. Head out to the Wildlife Prairie Park in Hannah City, which is near Peoria. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Midwest, the 2000 acre park is home to 150 animals and its mission is to promote conservation, education and recreation. For more information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclo-Cross Classic – This classic cross course is located in a park in Milwaukee. The course offers a full range of technical and power sections to challenge not only the technically skilled, but the power riders as well. Enjoy a beer and sausage after the race, as they are provided to all participants. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – Next week the series heads to Woodstock for Groundhog Psi-Clocross. This course offers up rolling hills, a bit of wooded single-track and even a sand pit. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Mixed Weather Weekend

We’re gonna have a mixed weather weekend around here and that may be perfect for riders heading out for their weekend adventures. Saturday the weather will be sunny and dry. For those planning on heading to the gravel race or for those planning on a road ride, the weather will be perfect. Sunday the skies will open up and provide us with a few showers and a bit of mud. For those racing cross, the rain will bring a welcome challenge to Sunday’s courses. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

ILL Kanza – See what the roads of east central Illinois have to offer at this gravel Grand Fondo, located in Kansas, Illinois. There are four different ride options, varying in distance between 22 to 72 miles. You’ll ride through forested areas, fields and gently rolling hills. For more information, click here.

GP Jo Vanderaffe – See a bit of what Milwaukee has to offer with a ride through Mitchell Park. Don’t get too distracted by the fantastic scenery or the cool horticulture domes, you’ll need your energy to focus on the race. The course serves up many natural features to keep you occupied and on the rivet with off camber sections, trees and bluffs, a run-up and an uphill sand pit. Newer riders are encouraged to participate and there’s even a discounted rate. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #5 – This week the series heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. This is mostly a grass course with a few wooded sections, a short off camber section and the famous “Heckle Hill”. You’ll need to put some power into this course to come up with good results! For more information, click here.

Battle of Waterloo – Waterloo, Wisconsin is on the world map as a cyclo-cross destination, as it was host to a successful UCI race just last month. This week the action will be in Fireman’s Park and there’s sure to be a great battle or two! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Cross Fire – This is the WCA’s unofficial Halloween race. The course is located at Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie and costumes are highly recommended. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – Next week the series heads to St. Charles for Campton Cross. This course used to be geared for the technically skilled mountain biker, but over time, some of the technical features have been removed, so it’s more power! For more information, click here.

Sun Prairie Cross – You can make it a two-day race weekend in Madison if you stick around for the Sun Prairie Cup in Sheehan Park on Sunday. Both races are part of Wisconsin’s Cup series, so you’ll have a chance to earn points in this one-two weekend near Madison. For more information, here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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