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Tour of America’s Dairyland

The summer fun continues as we head into a major racing block and the commuter challenge. There’s a bit of rain in the upcoming forecast, but hopefully we can dodge most of that during ride time. Get out and soak up the sun on your bicycle! Check the listings below for local options.

Events:

Commuter Challenge – Do you commute on a regular basis or wish you did more often? Use the commuter challenge as motivation to put in more miles or see how well you stack up against others in this light-hearted competition. The kickoff for this event was this morning with a rally in Daly plaza. If you haven’t signed up, no worries! It’s not too late to take part in this competition which spans from June 16th through June 30th. For more information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The eleven day series kicked off yesterday in Kenosha with the Food Folks and Spokes criterium. This Midwestern series has become a local favorite, but also draws riders from around the country for some fabulous competition and great venues. For details on the series, click here.

Bikes to Beer Ride – The Father’s Day edition of this ride heads to Revolution Brewing. The ride will depart at noon from BFF Bikes and head to Logan Square for a brewery tour. For event information, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K Time Trial – This time trial is located in Garden Prairie. The course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. The key variable for this course will be the wind, or lack thereof. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The series continues through June 25th with some amazing courses, including Saturday’s famed Downer Ave. It’s like a rolling festival that includes food, family fun and bike racing! For details on the series, click here.

Hot Dog Crits Event #3 –It’s the third and final event of this weekday criterium series, which is designed to give riders an opportunity to practice racing skills. The events are low-cost and the rewards are experience and the potential bragging rights, or hot dog status. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #3 – Event #2 was cancelled due to conditions created by the weather, but the third event is on target for Thursday, June 29th. Be a part of this weekday, off-road series which is a little like crit racing in the dirt. It’s fast and it’s fun and it’s located on the south side of the city. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

 

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Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

This weekend offers up the perfect summer sampling of cycling events. There’s an option for every cycling discipline, so you can take your pick! Will you go off-road with mountain biking or head to the velodrome for track racing or will you take part in the road options which include criteriums, time trials and group rides? The choice is up to you and the weekend weather is going to be perfect. Check below for your options.

Events:

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, head out to this women’s clinic tomorrow at Palos. The clinic includes instruction from several professional certified female coaches. The day will begin with a yoga session and the event includes lunch! For more information, click here.

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Spidermonkey team. The ride departs at 7:30am from 1501 N Damen and there is a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park and return home. There is a no drop option as well as a more spirited option for the return trip. For ride information, click here.

LAPT Criterium – Head west of Milwaukee to Pabst Farms for this Saturday’s criterium action. The location is flat, so it’ll be all about speed in this crit. For more information, click here.

Hollander Benelux Criterium –You can create a Wisconsin getaway weekend with two criteriums near the Milwaukee area. Sunday’s race is located north west of Milwaukee. The course is in a corporate park and features elevation changes as a potential to shake up the field. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This series of time trials usually begins a little earlier in the season, but delay or not, they’re getting back on track. This course is a loop around the Bong Recreation Center in southern Wisconsin. It’s all right turns and rolling hills. The single bong is 20K, and one loop around the course. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Omnium Event #2 – It’s round two in this sprinter’s series.at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. As always, the main feature is match sprints. Additional races include the Danish win & out and a four lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Commuter Challenge – Do you commute on a regular basis or wish you did more often? Use the commuter challenge as motivation to put in more miles or see how well you stack up against others in this light-hearted competition. The event spans from June 16th through June 30th. For more information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #2 – It’s the second in this weekday, off-road series which is a little like crit racing in the dirt. It’s fast and it’s fun and it’s located on the south side of the city. For race information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – It’s eleven days of racing in locations across Wisconsin. The series offers up some great courses and even better competition. You can compete for the overall series or pick and choose races depending on your schedule. The series kicks off at the Food, Folks and Spokes race, which is located in Kenosha and is a classic, almost four corner crit. For details on the series, click here.

Bikes to Beer Ride – The Father’s Day edition of this ride heads to Revolution Brewing. The ride will depart at noon from BFF Bikes and head to Logan Square for a brewery tour. For event information, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K Time Trial – Located in Garden Prairie. The course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. The key variable for this course will be the wind, or lack thereof. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend is the unofficial start to summer, but it’s also a time to remember the brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Their bravery allows us to enjoy the freedom we sometimes take for granted. As we venture out this weekend to take part whatever our hearts desire, take a moment to think of those who have made it possible.

Events:

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend – This three day series is a favorite for master’s racers wanting to stay close to home for the holiday weekend, but still have the chance to race. This year, the event will be held in West Chicago (site of the Fall Fling series). For event information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Series – This series has a long history in the Midwest. There are four days of racing, beginning on today with the Burlington Road Race. Saturday’s Snake Alley Criterium is a specialty racers event with the climb up the twisty brick road. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which makes a big loop around a park, climbing and descending each lap, with a bonus speed bump at the bottom of the decent. Monday’s Quad Cities Criterium course has changed over the years, and is now features elevation changes to add a degree of difficulty to the race. For information on all four events in the series, click here.

Palymyra Road Race – If you’re looking to do some climbing, this is a road race course for you. Unlike the gentle tree-lined course from the previous week, this one is more exposed and has more elevation changes. If you’re looking for a challenging road course, this may be the one for you. For more information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking to get out and ride, but in a non-competitive environment? Make your way to Bike the Drive ride on Sunday. You’ll have the chance to ride up and down Lakeshore Drive, which is a spectacular treat! For more information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Head just a little north of Milwaukee to take part in this holiday weekend criterium. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. Locally, the Washington Park Velodrome will be joining in the celebration and offering a day of clinics and racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #1 – If you’re into mountain biking, but also love the thrill and speed of criterium racing, you’ll love this short track series. The events will be held on Thursday’s at Big Marsh on the south side of the city. For event information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships

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We’ve got another warmup this weekend with temps reaching the mid-forties. There may not be any local races, but the group rides should be in full swing! Enjoy this md-winter heat wave and get outside and enjoy.

Events: 

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – You’ll have to travel a bit to race this weekend, but there’s fun in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday with this three hour challenge. The goal is to complete as many laps as you can in three hours. You can compete as solo rider or get a team of three together to share the effort. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture feature will be a Round Table Discussion on Bike Fit with Velosmith’s Tony Bustamante and Rachel Wills presenting. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships – The Northbrook Cycle Committee’s having a fundraiser, but you’ll have to muscle-up to do your part! It’s an indoor sprint competition which will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm at Chrome Chicago. For more information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for next weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp over these winter months and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Winter Bike Swap

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The conditions are favorable for riding outside this weekend. For those looking for an adventure on the trails, there’s still a bit of snow and enough cold to keep it for Saturday, if you head north. Around town the chill will ease as the weekend rolls on, so with a dry road, you’re free to roll! There’s a sampling of cycling related events headed our way. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. Proceeds from the race go to funding the trail system, so it’s a feel-good/fun event! For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm on Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha’s February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture is on Cross Training. Newt Cole of Morningbird Studio will be on hand to talk about training for cyclists. The event will be held at the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross World Championships

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The hot spot in cycling this weekend will be Bieles, Luxenbourg, where the UCI World Cyclocross Championships will be held. If you’re not already headed there, you can still see what’s up by clicking here. They’ll also have a recap of the races at the Rapha Clubhouse.

If you’re sticking around town, there’s still plenty to do. You can bundle up and head outside to ride. Or you can choose from an assortment of cycling related activities held inside. For a list of local cycling activities, check the listing below.

Events: 

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place on Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Make plans to head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm next Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Ride to Women’s March – Chicago

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Holy heat wave, it’s warm in Chicago! Don’t let this warm weather event pass you by without getting outside. There’s plenty to do and see on your bike this weekend, so get out have some fun before we switch back to winter.

Events: 

Ride to Women’s March – Empowered women of Chicago, this ride is for you! Join Mia Moore and others as they ride together to get in a workout and then head to the Women’s March downtown. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago. For ride and event details, click here.

Metro Mountain Bikers Social Ride – This ride was intended to be a stroll around and over frozen lakes near Milwaukee. Since there isn’t a hint of frost, I think this event will have a few detours, but it should still be fun. If you’re looking to get out on your fat bike with friends, head north for some off-road fun. For event details, click here.

I Am Fat – For those looking for endurance miles on a fat bike, this event will work for you. It’s a three hour event which can be ridden solo or as a team of three. The event is held in Iowa City, so it’s a bit of a hike to get there, but if you’re up for the challenge, the drive will be worth it. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? Maybe you’re looking for that one part that’ll get your bike rolling again. The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place next Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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