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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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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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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

The events are lining up as we move through April and edge closer to the summer racing season. This weekend we also get our first taste of the track for the season with the Women’s Clinic on Saturday. Check the listings below for local cycling options.

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – We’re all set for the women’s track clinic tomorrow. Come out and learn all about riding a fixed gear bike and riding on a velodrome. The clinic is geared towards beginners and is held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For event details, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This is a classic race course for Wisconsin. Often the course is used for this spring race, and then again in the summer. It’s just over a mile and loops around a park. There’s climbing, descending and soft corners. For race information, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – This is a fun but challenging course. It offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. Set your course marker this spring and then plan to test yourself again late summer. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This course is quite similar to Whitnall Park. The course is a loop around a park and features climbing and descending with a sweeping turn. It’s one of my favorites, so it is certainly worth a try! For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Practice Crits – You’ll feel like a hot dog racer after you get in plenty of practice racing. Take part in this weekday evening race series held on April 27, May 23 and June 27. The course is located at 87th and Lakeshore and it features 1/3 mile straightaways and two 180 degree turns. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a spring favorite in the Chicago racing scene. It’s so close to home and has a unique course that includes a hairpin turn. Make plans to come out on Saturday, April 29. For more information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – The dirt day’s series is starting up again and for their first adventure into the woods, they’ll begin at the Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail. This is a great ride series that is for mountain bike riders of all levels. Try out mountain biking or try out a new trail with this group. For more information, click here.

Cheesehead Roubaix – Still looking for another epic gravel ride before the road season gets in full swing? Head north to Newburg, Wisconsin for a 63 mile ride that features 10 miles of dirt and gravel in addition to climbing. The event is free, but donations to the Newburg Fire Department are suggested. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

WoMo AR Ride – Round two of this Monday women’s recovery ride. If you’re looking to shake out the legs after a tough weekend of workouts or racing, or just want to catch a ride with some great cycling ambassadors, this ride is for you. The group departs from the Dunkin Donuts at 5723 N. California at 6PM. For ride details, click here.

Monsters of the MidwayThis race is definitely a Chicago spring classic. This race is held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is not technical, but features long straightaways and wide open corners. The big challenge is always the wind that comes in from the lake. It’s close to home and it’s always fun, so be sure to take part. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Super Criterium

After a week of stormy weather, things are looking up for the weekend and just in time for some exciting races and rides. Whether you prefer a solid surface or varied terrain, you’re covered with this weekend’s rides and races. Check the listings below for a few options around our area.

Events:

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Series – It’s round two of this criterium series near Madison, Wisconsin. The course is located in an industrial park, which isn’t too technical and is great for this time of the year. For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100  Looking for more gravel adventures? This event includes a multi-surface road race, which of course, includes gravel. There are 100K and 64K options. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Criterium – It’s the 10th annual Spring Super Criterium at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. The race is held on an actual car racing track, so there’s no traffic and some interesting twists and turns you don’t find in your average criterium. The bonus is they also have indoor bathrooms and a food vendor, all on-site! Don’t miss out on this great spring classic. For more information, click here.

WoMo AR Ride – Looking for an active recovery ride after a hard weekend of racing and training? Maybe you’re looking for an easy paced ride to learn the basics of group riding? Join the ladies of Half Acre Cycling as they kick off the WoMo AR rides. The rides will depart from 5723 N California at 5:15pm. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intro to Track Cycling at Rapha –Make plans to attend this information gathering event at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago on Wednesday, April 12 from 6 till 8PM. You’ll have all your track cycling questions answered and you’ll be ready to head to the velodrome! For information on the event, click here.

WoMo Ride – This edition of the women’s ride will be led by the ladies of BFF Cycling. Join them as they journey from the city to Highland Park. As with all WoMo rides, there is a no-drop option as well as a more spirited paced group. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Skyway Classic Series

We welcome in the month of April and see a flurry of bike racing opportunities. We’ll have to dodge a few sprinkles here and there, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction. Whether you just want to enjoy a group ride, shop, ride solo or compete in a field, you’re covered! Check the listings below for details.

Events:

Chicago Women’s Monthly Ride (WOMO Ride) – The inaugural ride was postponed until this Saturday since last weekend was rained out. The ride will depart from Wicker Park and head north to Highland Park. There’ll be a no-drop option as well as a faster, more spirited ride. For ride updates and event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Bike Swap – Looking for some new-to-you cycling equipment and gear? Head out to this bike swap tomorrow for great deals. The event will be held at the Kenosha UAW Local 72, near the soon-to-be reopened velodrome. The event runs from 8AM until 4PM. For more information, click here.

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series – It’s time for the indoor races to move outside. This race is the final in this time trial series. It’s a ten mile course, which departs from Maple Park. For race information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Series – Looking for some early season criterium action, then head to Madison, Wisconsin on April 2 and April 8. The course is located in an industrial park, which isn’t too technical and is great for this time of the year. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – It’s time! This beginner series begins this Monday and continues through Thursday. The racing starts at 6PM, and features women’s and men’s beginner fields. You can ride south on the lakefront path for your warmup and you’ll be set to get your racing on. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rough Road 100 Looking for more gravel adventures? This event includes a multi-surface road race, which of course, includes gravel. There are 100K and 64K options. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Criterium – It’s the 10th annual Spring Super Criterium at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. The race is held on an actual car racing track, so there’s no traffic and some interesting twists and turns you don’t find in your average criterium. The bonus is they also have indoor bathrooms and a food vendor, all on-site! Don’t miss out on this great spring classic. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Intro to Track Cycling at Rapha – Make plans to attend this information gathering event at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago on Wednesday, April 12 from 6 till 8PM. You’ll have all your track cycling questions answered and you’ll be ready to head to the velodrome! For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Gravel Grinders Weekend

We’re in for a wet weekend around here, but there are many hearty souls that’ll brave the elements for an exciting challenge. This weekend has two gravel events; one local and on not-so-far away. You can bet no matter what the weather, they’ll be well attended. We have a full schedule of rides and races. Check below for details.

Events:

Chicago Women’s Monthly Ride (WOMO Ride) – Meet and ride with women of Chicago! The first of this monthly series is this Saturday. The ride will depart from Wicker Park and head north to Highland Park. There’ll be a no-drop option as well as a faster, more spirited ride. Due to the predicted weather, the ride may be postponed until Sunday. Check the Facebook page for updates. For event details, click here.

Barry Roubaix – This Saturday, many local riders will be getting their gravel grind on in Michigan in this early season challenge. The race offers 22, 36 and 62 mile courses, with categories across the board, including open, age group, single speed and tandem. For event information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – It’s the third and final weekend for this pre-season series in Kenosha. One more chance to get in a good workout and test your fitness before the official season begins. For more information, click here.

Pastry-Brest- Pastry – Do you think riding your bike, eating doughnuts, and having a beer sounds fun? The organizers of this gravel ride in North Aurora do! Take part in this 60 mile journey, where 60% of the riding surface is unpaved. Get out, have some fun and get some miles under your belt before the season gets going. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series – It’s time for the indoor races to head outside. This race is the final in this time trial series. It’s a ten mile course, which departs from Maple Park. For race information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Series – Looking for some early season criterium action, then head to Madison, Wisconsin on April 2 and April 8. The course is located in an industrial park, which isn’t too technical and great for this time of the year. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Calling all beginner racers to the line for this annual pre-season criterium training series. It’s four consecutive days of racing, giving you the chance test what works best for you in racing situations. The series runs from April 3 through 6 at Calumet Park. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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