Category Archives: Chicago Cycling

January Snow-Fest

 

It’s January in Chicago and snow is on the way! For those heading out on fat bikes, the buildup to the snow-fest is in full swing. If you’re looking to stay inside, grab your towel, tunes and trainer and hunker down for some quality training. Embrace the season and stay inspired for what’s ahead.

Events:

Fatty Rides – Looking to enjoy riding outside with a few companions? Make plans to join this fat bike group trail ride on Sunday at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Biking for Change and Empowerment – Hear from a panelist of cyclists how Chicagoans are using bikes to make change and empower people locally and globally. The event is presented by the Design Museum of Chicago and Bikes n’ Roses and will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Expo 72 Gallery. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work Rally – Are you braving the elements and making your way to work on your bike during the winter months? You’ll be recognized for your efforts at the annual bike to work rally in Daley Plaza on Friday, January 25th. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. For more information, click here.

Stay warm & have a great weekend!

 

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Indoor Racing Series Begins

What a difference a week makes when it comes to temperatures in Chicago. Last week we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather, this week we’re back to a chill. No worries though, there’s plenty of cycling activities ahead. Whether your plans are to stay inside or head outside, there’s plenty to do. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – Are you looking to pick up some new-to-you cycling equipment or perhaps sell off a few items? Bike Swaps are a great place to mix and mingle in the off-season and get your cycling equipment in order. The event is Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Event #1 – If you’re ready to test your fitness or get into your competitive mode, this indoor series is perfect. The series consists of four races; three are indoor and the final is outside. First up is a 10K rolling course which will be held at the Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race #5 – If you’re looking for outdoor fun in the winter, riding a fat bike is a sure way to conquer any challenging terrain. This week the Hugh Jass series heads to the New Fane Trails in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. For more information, click here.

Fat Bikes 101 Women & Girls – Interested in all there is to know about riding fat bikes? Attend this clinic on Sunday in Salem, Wisconsin. Loaner bikes are available or you can bring your own. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Fatty Rides – Looking to enjoy riding outside with a few companions? Make plans to join this fat bike group trail ride next Sunday at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Biking for Change and Empowerment – Hear from a panelist of cyclists how Chicagoans are using bikes to make change and empower people locally and globally. The event is presented by the Design Museum of Chicago and Bikes n’ Roses and will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Expo 72 Gallery. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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New Year

It’s the New Year, a time to finalize our goals and get to work building for a successful upcoming season. With the holidays behind us, we can get back to a routine, which for many of us is comforting. Although there’s plenty of trainer time ahead, we have some pretty terrific weather for the beginning of January, so take advantage of the opportunity and get outside and ride.

Events:

Fatter By The Lake – If you’re up for some fat bike fun, then head to Zion on Sunday for this ride along the lake. If you don’t own a fat bike or are in the market for the latest model, there will be a fleet of demo bikes and bikes for loan. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – Are you looking to pick up some new-to-you cycling equipment or perhaps sell off a few items? Bike Swaps are a great place to mix and mingle in the off-season and get your cycling equipment in order. The event is next Saturday the 12th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Event #1 – If you’re ready to test your fitness or get into your competitive mode, this indoor series is perfect. The series consists of four races; three are indoors and the final is outside. First up is a 10K rolling course which will be held at the Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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National Championships – Cyclo-Cross

Kentucky is the place to be if you’re looking for bike racing action this weekend. Around here there’s no racing to be found, but with the warm weather we have this weekend, we’ll be able to put in plenty of miles outside and without too much gear. Get out and enjoy!

Events:

Cyclo-cross National Championships – There’s been a lot of action in Louisville this week and it will continue throughout the weekend as the national championship races continue. The weather has been mild, but there’s been a fair amount of rain so the racers are dealing with lots of mud! Many local racers have made their way south to compete and are representing us well! For details on all the events, click here.

From Bloomers to Pedal Pushers to Rompers – Looking for something in the arts department? The Design Museum of Chicago is presenting an event highlighting Riding bikes in Style on Saturday from 1:30-2:30pm. For more information, click here.

FWD Dirt n Beer Ride – Join this Fearless Women of Dirt group on Sunday. The ride will head out on the Des Plaines River Trail, departing BFF Bikes at 9:30am. The group will make a stop at the Une Annee Brewery in Niles. The ride distance is 42 miles. For more information and to rsvp, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships

We’re continuing with our weather roller coaster. We’re out of the cold and snow and we’re headed for a little warmth and rain. With the Illinois State Cyclo-cross championships on Sunday, this weather pattern will make for some interesting course terrain. There should be plenty of mud and some surfaces might be slick, so prepare your equipment set-up carefully. Make the best of what the weekend has to offer and be sure to keep moving. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Major Taylor Birthday Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this national ride that honors cyclist Major Taylor. The ride is on Saturday and it departs from the Daniel Ryan Woods at 10am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championship – This is the last year for the state championships to be held at Montrose. Over the years there’ve been a few constants on this course like Cricket hill, lakefront sand and hundreds of hecklers. The biggest variable has always been the weather, with some years bringing snow and cold while other years it’s been downright balmy. Looks like this year there’ll be mild temps and maybe a bit of rain, which will be a delight to many racers. It’ll be a race not to miss. For more information, click here.

Corn-Cross – This beginner-friendly race is held in Weaver Park in Urbana. The course features grassy hills, off camber descents and flat power sections. After the race stick around for food and beer and an after Party at Riggs Beer Company. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Furrow Euro CX – This race is part of the HICX series and it’s held on Furrow Farm in El Paso. There’ll be the typical course challenges like barriers, hills and grass, but for a twist, you’ll ride through a barn. For more information, click here.

Afterglow – A Cyclo-cross race. This event is all about having fun and getting in a good workout. Held in Douglas Park, the course offers plenty of obstacles including sand and grass. Proceeds from the event go to West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Battle of Waterloo

After a few weeks of cold weather and snow, we’ve been given a little reprieve. Get out and enjoy the warm weather this weekend is providing and burn off a few of those holiday calories. There’s a great race to our north and plenty of open roads nearby to pedal your way to fun.

Events:

Battle of Waterloo CX – This fun and demanding course runs through Fireman’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin. You’ll battle hills, sand and wooded areas while getting a little relief from a few stretches of pavement! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Major Taylor Birthday Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this national ride that honors Major Taylor. The ride is next Saturday and it departs from the Daniel Ryan Woods at 10am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championship – This is the last year for the state championships to be held at Montrose. Over the years there’ve been a few constants on this course like Cricket hill, lakefront sand and hundreds of hecklers. The biggest variable has always been the weather with some years bringing snow and cold while other years it’s been downright balmy. We’ll see what Mother Nature delivers for this year, but whatever the weather, it’ll be a race not to miss. For more information, click here.

Corn-Cross – This beginner-friendly race is held in Weaver Park in Urbana. The course features grassy hills, off camber descents and flat power sections. After the race stick around for food and beer and an after Party at Riggs Beer Company. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Major Taylor Cross Cup

We’ve had a bit of snow this week and that may lead to sloppy conditions for racing this weekend. There’ll be an added degree of difficulty with a softer riding surface. Enjoy the challenge and focus on improving or using your bike handling skills to achieve success. There’s still fun to be had outdoors, check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

ABR WIIL Awards Banquet – If you’ve taken part in any of the ABR races this year, you’ll want to make plans to attend this event to collect your awards and mingle with your friends. The event will be held at The Grove Banquets & Catering in Buffalo Grove on Saturday. Awards for Wisconsin and Illinois series, including rider of the year will be awarded. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Events #10 & #11 – It’s a two-day festival in this cross series and it all happens at the Pheasant Run Resort. The course features grassy power sections, off-camber berms and a sand pit. Finish your first day of racing and stay over for round two. You’ll get to hang out with all your friendly competitors at the resort and then save yourself a few zzzz’s since you won’t have to drive over in the morning. For more information, click here.

Major Taylor Cross Cup – The heavy hitters in the cyclo-cross world will be headed to Indianapolis this weekend for two days of racing, including UCI events. The event is held at the Indy Cycloplex center. It’s a challenging course with some significant elevation changes, at least for our neck of the woods! For more information, click here.

GP Jo VanDeraffe – This race is held in Mitchell Park in Milwaukee. It’s no ordinary park and while the landscape offers plenty of challenges for a cross race, you may also want to stick around to check out the horticulture domes when you wrap up. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Friends of Big Marsh Black Friday Event – Instead of heading to the shopping malls on Friday, opt outside and spend the day racing at the Big Marsh on the city’s south side. The event begins at 8am on Friday, November 23rd. For more information, click here.

BFF Bikes to Beer – Join the crew at BFF Bikes for a post-holiday ride to Three Floyds Brewery. The ride will depart from the shop on Friday at 8:30am and head to Munster, Indiana for beer and snacks. The total distance is 70 miles, but there is an option to head home on the train as well. For more information, click here.

Battle of Waterloo CX – This fun and demanding course runs through Fireman’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin. You’ll battle hills, sand, wooded areas while getting just a little relief from a few stretches of pavement! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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