Category Archives: Fat Bike Racing

Chilly Cross

We’re going to have some chilly temps this weekend to coincide with some chilly-themed racing! Whether you head north or south, there’s cycling fun to be had! Will you challenge yourself to some serious or lighthearted racing this weekend? Check the listings below for options.

Events:

Midwest Regional Cross Championships – The state championships are in the rear view mirror, so it’s on to a bigger goal of earning a regional championship title. Head to the Madison area this weekend for this regional event. The course will be located at the familiar cross location of Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Race #4 – This event will be held on the mountain bike trails at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours Center. This is destined to be a great outdoor event with over nine miles of single-track! Be sure to wear your ugly holiday sweater for extra points. For event information, click here.

Miller Chill CX – If you’re still looking to race cross, but on the local level, head south to Bloomington for this exciting race. The course features a stone bridge, flyover, sandy beach crossing, and a few hills. The course is located in Miller Park, which has a zoo for a great post-race activity. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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.

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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ToAD Continues

Summer officially began earlier this week and while we’ve enjoyed the longer days and warm weather, we’ve also seen a few downpours to shake things up. Whether sunshine or rain, there’s plenty to do on your bike. Get out and enjoy! Check below for a few upcoming options.

Events:         

Commuter Challenge – The commuter challenge continues through the June 30th. Whether you’ve signed up to participate or you’re just tracking your miles quietly, enjoy the journey! For more information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The eleven day series continues today with the Bay View Classic. Rounding out the weekend there’s the famed Downer Ave on Saturday and the East Tosa Grand Prix on Sunday. There’s no slowing down in this Midwest series, which has seen some wicked racing over the last week. 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.

 

Track Cycling

Midwest Challenge – It’s the annual two-day track cycling event which features mass start events today and individual and team events tomorrow. Competitors from around the country flock to this Indianapolis classic. For more information, click here.

Masters Track Nationals – The track scene will move from Indy to South Carolina when the 2017 Master’s Track Nationals begin on Tuesday. Chicago and the Midwest will be well represented and hopefully we’ll see some hardware come home. For information on the event, click here.

Coming Up –

Le Tour de France – It’ll be calm around here next weekend with the upcoming 4th of July holiday, but things will just be getting started in France as they get underway with Le Tour de France 2017. The race begins on Saturday, July 2nd and continues through Sunday, July 23rd. Get set to watch all the drama unfold. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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