Category Archives: Fat Bike Racing

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!

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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!

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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!

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Cold Start to the Year

The start of the New Year has been a frigid one and it seems only the incredibly hearty riders have ventured out to face the extreme temps on their bikes. Whether you bundle up and head outdoors or stay inside for indoor miles, there’s no time for slacking as we build for the new season. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than riding on snow-covered trails and that’s what you’ll get at this Hugh Jass event! This week the series heads to northern Kettle Moraine, where riders will hit the New Fane mountain bike trails. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This is the first in a weekly yoga series that begins 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:

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships begin next week and are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 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 Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & stay warm!

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Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2018, it’s a time to reflect on our 2017 season and set new goals for 2018. Will your goals include a major event, building for a strong season, or to use cycling as a means to enjoy pedaling outside and keeping fit? Be sure to set realistic but challenging goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Events:

Hot Soup for the Homeless – Start the New Year off on a good note by delivering soup to the homeless on your bike. You can join the group leading this charge in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, or take up the charge closer to your home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than snow-covered trail riding. With the current snowy conditions and the predicted future snowfall, next weekend will be a fun-fest. This edition of the Hugh Jass series is located at the New Fane mountain bike trails in northern Kettle Moraine. For more information, click here.

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, stay focused, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 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 Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & Happy New Year!

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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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