Category Archives: Cycling

The 2018 Winter Olympics Begin

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and for the next few weeks, most of us will be cheering on our favorite athletes as they compete. While there’s no cycling in the Winter Olympics, there are definite cross-overs. For me, speed skating is most like bike racing, in particular, short track. No matter which event is your favorite, just be inspired by the hard work and determination it takes for each athlete to make it to the games. Use that inspiration to push you to a new level in your training and enjoy the high of tough, but fulfilling workouts.

Whether you plan to stay inside or head out, there are options for you. Check the listings below for a few local events.

Events:

Hugh Jass Series -Sturgeon Spectacular – It’s the “Spear the Fatty Fat Tire” bike race in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, tomorrow. If you can make the drive, it’ll be a fun snow-fest including fat bike racing as well as a downtown fun ride. This event is also connected to the Sturgeon Spectacular winter fest which goes on all weekend, so it’s worth the drive! For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second event in the ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fat Abominable Snowbike Scramble – This event is all about having fun in the snow. There are individual and team events to challenge your competitive side. There’ll also be food and beverages to enjoy throughout the day. The event is just over the border at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Fat Bike Racing, Time Trials

Cyclocross World Championships

The center of the cycling world will be the Netherlands this weekend for the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships. The championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and you can view the races at local shops, including Johnny Sprockets and the Rapha Clubhouse. Be sure to keep an eye out for our local heroine, Maria Larkin, who will be racing on the Irish National team!!

Let the championship event inspire you to keep your season goals alive as we battle another cold weekend in Chicago. Whether you bundle up and head outside, or hunker down on a trainer, keep at it!

Events:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in this Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – This weekend, the fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There’ll be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second of ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing, Fat Bike Racing, world championships

Corn Cross Racing

The weekend got off to a great start today with Chicago’s annual Winter Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza. With morning temperatures in the 40’s, it was easy to draw a crowd and have riders mingle for a while. The weather will continue to be mildly pleasant this weekend, so if you’re experiencing a bit of cabin fever, now’s a great time to get outside and ride.

Events:

Corn Cross – For those not quite ready to hang up the cross bike, there’s one more race for you to get your fix. Head south to Urbana tomorrow for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in next Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – Next weekend, this fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There will be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing, Fat Bike Racing, Time Trials

Braver than the Elements

We’ve got a winter warm-up just in time for the women’s weekend. The weekend will begin with Chicago’s Women’s March and Rally on Saturday. Sunday, join the ladies for Chicago’s edition of Braver than the Elements – an event celebrated by women around the world! Don’t miss out on all this weekend has to offer. Check the listings below for events in our area.

Events:

Braver than the Elements – This Sunday, be part of an international women’s ride. In Chicago, the group will head out on a 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues this Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work – Next Friday is Chicago’s 26th annual Winter Bike to Work Day Rally. Head to Daley Plaza between 7-9am to take part in all the fun. REI will be handing out free bike lights, coupons and offering minor bike adjustments. There will also be great giveaways from vendors including Dark Matter Coffee and Eli’s Cheesecake. For more information, click here.

Corn Cross – For those not quite ready to hang up the cross bike, there’s one more race for you to get your fix. Head south to Urbana next Saturday for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Bikes & Beer, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing, Women's Events

Cyclocross National Championships

We seem to have made it out of the deep freeze and into some typical winter weather. Not exactly perfect outdoor riding conditions for everyone, but for some this weather is a relief. Whether you opt to train indoors or outside, tis the season to keep building. There are some great local events and the big stage for cycling is Reno. Check the listings below for what’s going on!

Events:

Cyclocross National Championships – It may be chilly around here, but the heat is on in Reno, Nevada, with the Cyclocross National Championships! The racing began on the 9th and will continue through Sunday, January 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 this Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This eight week yoga series continues this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements Pre-Ride Social – Thinking about participating in this year’s Braver than the Elements ride? Attend this social on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30 to 8pm at the Rapha Clubhouse. They’ll be discussing ride prep options for Sunday’s as well as socializing. For more information, click here.

Braver than the Elements – Next Sunday, be brave and join the ladies as they head out on this 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Bikes & Beer, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing, national championships, Time Trials, Women's Events

Afterglow

It’s going to be an awesome weekend in Chicago. The temps will be perfect for riding or racing, so bundle up and head out on your adventure. With all the distractions of the season, staying consistent with your workouts is the best way to keep your sanity and keep extra pounds away. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

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.

Coming Up:

Winter Solstice Bike Ride & Camping Event – Celebrate the winter solstice with a ride to Illinois State Beach State Park. Once there, you can set up camp for an overnight outdoor adventure, including building a bonfire! For event information, click here.

Rapha Festive 500 – Challenge yourself to ride five hundred kilometers between Christmas and New Year’s. You won’t have to go it alone if you join the group at the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse for their daily rides. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Bike Winter, Charities, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under #optoutside, Bike Racing, Charities, Chicago Cycling, Cycling, Cyclocross Racing