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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.

 

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Chicross Cup Continues

We welcome in October this weekend and another gorgeous weather-weekend to get outside and have fun. Step outside and capture the amazing sights of fall, breathe in the crisp air and take in the scents that accompany this season. Check the listings below for a few cycling options.

Events:

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking for a generous helping of late season miles, you’ll want to head to Aroma Park on Sunday. The course is flat, but there’s always wind, so you’ll need to be race savvy to be play smart and be competitive. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series is back at it with the Hopkins Park race in DeKalb. This is the furthest you’ll need to travel for a series race, but it’s worth the drive! The course includes gently rolling terrain, a short section of single track and plenty of power sections. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

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 race 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.

Have a great weekend!

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Trek CX Cup

Step outside and you’ll be blanketed in summer-like warmth, even though it is officially the first day of fall. Enjoy the heatwave and take part in all this weekend has to offer. There are races, rides, and even a film festival. Check the listing below for the upcoming cycling events.

Events:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic today from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Filmed by Bike – Looking for a cycling related event that doesn’t require lycra or working out? Head out to this travelling film festival, which is also a fundraiser for West Town Bikes. Enjoy a great evening out and support a great cause. For event information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues this weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the DuPage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking for a generous helping of late season miles, you’ll want to head to Aroma Park next Sunday. The course is flat, but there’s always wind, so it’ll make for a competitive race. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series is back at it with the Hopkins Park race in DeKalb. The course includes gently rolling terrain, a short section of single track and plenty of power sections. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fall Fling

 

The transition into fall isn’t like a light switch. It’s a gradual process that transforms everything around us. Whether it’s the leaves on the trees, the reduced sunlight of our days or the heat to warm our surroundings, we are changing every day. I see a parallel between fall and the Monarch butterfly. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly and begins a new journey, we, too, transition in the fall and start a new journey. This weekend is a wonderful representation of transitions, moving slowly into a new cycling season and a colorful change of our scenery. Get out and enjoy, there are so many things to do!!

Events:

Jingle Cross – The leaves are barely starting to turn, but you’d think we’d need to be heading out the door with our snow boots with the buzz this world cup event is creating. No need to be confused, the series used to be held closer to the holidays, thus the name! The action begins today and continues throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – Although the road season is winding down, there’s still plenty of fabulous weather and great friends to share a few miles. Join the ladies of the XXX-racing team as they lead this month’s women’s ride. The ride departs from 1501 N Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am, with a second pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park before heading back home. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park west criterium course. The course is mostly flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator tomorrow for a gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you’re looking for more of a local cross racing scene this weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up for what’s ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic on Friday from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues next weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the Dupage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicross Cup Begins

You’ll feel like a Super Dawg this weekend if you head to Caldwell Woods for any of the weekend’s events, which include two days of cross clinics and the first of the Chicross Cup series. If you want to get out of the city for cross, you can head over the border for Wisconsin’s events. And, if you’re looking to the stick to the road, there are multiple racing and riding options. There’ll be perfect riding weather this weekend, so get out and take in all you can!

Events:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite riders and get prepared for a great team event on Saturday. This event truly embodies the spirit of teamwork because the more you work as a team, the faster you’ll go and the better you’ll do. For race information, click here.

Return of the Sven’s – Whether you’re new cyclo-cross or a seasoned rider looking to up your game, the clinics on Saturday and Sunday are a great place to start. The Sven brothers are leading the clinics, and who better to learn from than world champion/class professionals. The events will be held at Caldwell Woods. For event information, click here

Chicross Cup Event #1 – Time to get Chicago’s cross series started. The first race in this series is Caldwell Woods which is near the infamous Super Dawg drive in, but you won’t have time for hot dogs until you’re finished racing! This course offers up some elevation changes and the promotors usually do a great job of creating or capturing technical elements, so it’s not all about power. For more information, click here.

Cross Shooshko – If you’re anxious to get started in cyclo-cross racing, head north to Milwaukee. The course has rolling hills and technical sections, which is great for riders looking for something other than a power course. For race information, click here.

Harmon 100 – It’s September, so it’s primetime for centuries. Enjoy a fully supported ride on scenic and quiet roads. You can choose from 25, 50, 75 or the full 100 mile routes. For ride information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cyclo-Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this park is located in Milwaukee. For the ladies, this race offers up age group and multiple category fields, so it’s a great opportunity to race on a level playing field. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer Event – Looking to get in some miles and enjoy a good beer? This time around the BFF crew will lead a group from the city to Two Brothers Roadhouse in Aurora where you can enjoy a meal and a beer. You’ll also have the option to return to the city by train or bike. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park Criterium in West Chicago. The course is flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial, and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator next Saturday for a fall gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you want to get in some cross racing next weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up at a smaller venue before the bigger races that are ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Bloomington Criterium

In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.

Events:

CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.

Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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