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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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Pre-Holiday Weekend

We’re heading into the Thanksgiving holiday week and there’s no shortage of cycling events to keep you fit and fast. There’s also a bit of roller coaster weather, which is sure to keep you on your toes. This weekend we’ll see rain before the temps dip down. Be prepared before you head out the door and make sure you make the best clothing and gear selection to keep you happy while you pedal. Check the listings below for some outdoor options.

Events:

Major Taylor Cross Cup – There are two big days of racing in Indianapolis this weekend. The series will feature both amateur and UCI elite level events. The series will be held at the Indy Cycloplex, which will provide for a challenging course featuring hills, off camber sections and grass. For more information, click here.

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.

 

Coming Up:

Friends of Big Marsh Black Friday Cross Race – Instead of heading to the shopping malls the Friday after Thanksgiving, 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.

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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Mongo Cross

We’re still having incredible weather heading into our second week of October. There are a few showers forecasted for this weekend, which may be to the delight of many cross racers, as it may create a mud factor. Rain or not, there’s another great weekend ahead to get out and enjoy being outside. Check the listings below for cycling opportunities.

Events:

Mongo CX – If you’ve ever seen the movie “Blazing Saddles”, your mind will immediately shift to the loveable burly character when you see the name of this race. I’m not sure if there’ll be a Mongo sighting, but, if you’re looking for something other than the local race scene, this may be the race for you. The race is located in McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Cross – Head to Grafton, Wisconsin if you’re looking for the complete fall festival cross package. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins! For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – This week the race series heads to the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s south side. For an urban setting, this little oasis provides several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. Last year the promoters also introduced a man-made “moat” that provided a bit of water and mud for the racers and plenty of entertainment for spectators. We’ll have to wait and see what’s dreamed up for this year’s course. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

UCI World Master’s Championships – Track season is over for most, but there’s no rest for the master’s field with the world track championships. This year and next, the United States has the honor of hosting the event, so there’ll be a strong turnout of local talent. The races will run Sunday to Sunday with a lot of action packed excitement contained in the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ichabod Cross – This is the first race in a two-day weekend series in Beardstown, which is near Springfield. Friday’s race is a nighttime event that’ll keep your blood pumping as you race away from shapes and shadows in the dark. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Hop Cross – Day two is in the daylight so you won’t be running from things lurking in the dark, but the promoters will test you with their course design that includes two flyovers and two sand pits. Day two also includes a relay category for a little extra team fun. For more information, click here.

Fitchrona Cross Omnium – If you’re looking for more than two days of racing, you’ll need to head to the Madison area next weekend for three solid days of racing. Friday’s  race is under the lights at McGaw Park. Saturday the series moves to Verona for Badger Cross. Finally, Sunday’s race moves back to Fitchburg’s McGaw Park to wrap up the weekend. You can go for the overall, or just pick and choose which days to race.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – It’s location #3 for the Carpentersville course. This year the race will be held at the former Woodland Elementary school. Since it’s a new venue, the course will be a surprise, but certainly a good one! For more information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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