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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.

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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looks like this holiday has shed a little luck on Chicago with a terrific turnaround in the weather department. We had almost blizzard-like conditions on Monday, but today it all seems to be melting away and the prospect of outdoor fun this weekend is looking bright! There are so many options for riding events this weekend and the momentum keeps building. Check the listings below for outdoor opportunities.

Events:

Braver Than The Elements Ride – The weather doesn’t seem to cooperate for Chicago’s Braver than the Elements rides. The recent snowfall has left the initial route for this spring ride a bit sketchy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. The new route will head north to Northbrook and back, with a loop around the velodrome just for fun. Before heading out, there’ll be treats from the Spoke & Bird restaurant and Big Star tacos for the post ride. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer Ride #1 – Looking for a recreational ride with a twist? Join BFF Bikes as they head to local breweries each month. This Saturday they’ll head to Pipeworks Brewery for a tour. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen in this annual spring event. You can choose from either 16, 20 or 36 mile loops, all starting from the Wauconda High School. The post ride celebration will include entertainment from the Acoustic Soul Generations band. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – It’s the second weekend for this trilogy of races in Kenosha. This Sunday’s weather is certainly much more pleasant than last week, so if you’re on the fence, the temps should give you a bit of a push to get out there! For more information, click here.
Coming Up:

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.

Barry Roubaix – Next weekend many local riders will be heading to Michigan for this spring gravel fest. There are 22, 36 and 62 mile courses, with categories across the board, including open, age group, single speed and tandem. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Calling all beginner riders 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 3-6 at Calumet Park. For more information, 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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Women’s Midwest Road Race

Womens Midwest RR

Take your pick this weekend with a great assortment of local races. From road racing to the track, there’s something for everyone. The Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship is a highlight of the weekend. It’s a women’s only race with category and age group divisions. See below for a listing of all the racing opportunities coming up.

 

Events:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – You’ll need to head south for crit racing this weekend. This race is just outside of St. Louis, but it offers up a great technical course which is just shy of a mile with seven corners. For those with great technical skills, this course is perfect for you! For race information, click here.

Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship – Looking to go beyond a state championship? This women’s race pulls together women from the entire Midwest to compete for glory and a championship jersey. The road race is flat, but the obstacles will include wind and GRAVEL! If you’re not too sure about racing, but want to be part of this women’s event, you can volunteer. For all the details on this special event, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’re back to this course for the third and final time of the season. This time it’s two loops around the course, which again, is all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Championship Timed Events – Looking to compete on the track, but not in mass start events? The timed events are the perfect opportunity to ride a hard solo to achieve victory. Along with the timed events, there will also be match sprints, team sprints and team pursuits. The racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of each day’s events, click here.

The next two Thursday nights will feature the Illinois State Points races and the Illinois State Madison championships at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bloomington Criterium – Head south for this year’s Illinois State Criterium championships in Bloomington. It’s a fun course in the downtown area which has climbs, descents and plenty of corners. For race information, click here.

Jackson Park Relay Cross – It’s that time of year again, wow, how time flies! The start of cross season in Chicago kicks off with this lighthearted and competitive team event. The race fills up fast, so at this point if you’re not registered, you may be waitlisted or a spectator, but don’t miss out, it’s always lots of fun. For race information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley 20K TT – It’s round two for this course in 2016. This course was used earlier in the spring when the tree cover was much less and the temps were a little cooler. The trees may bring some shelter from the sun at this time of the year, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Masters Track National Championships

USA Masters Track Nationals

It’s been an inspiring week with the Olympics in Rio. In cycling, we’ve witnessed a nail biting road race. Mara Abbott’s finish may have been heartbreaking, but she’s a true champion. We’ve also seen Kristin Armstrong power her way through the time trial for another gold medal. Track cycling began yesterday and will continue through the weekend, so there’s so there’s plenty to keep us at the edge of our seats.

Closer to home we have time trials, criteriums and track racing. Take that inspiration and apply it at home in one of the local events. Check below for a few options coming up.

 

Events:

Kirkie Vie 20K Time Trial – In its twelfth run, this race will feature a slightly new course which will exclude “the wall”, but will still be a challenging course. For race information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw on Sunday. You can compete in age group or category fields. Racers will cover either 20K or 40K, depending on age. The roads are smooth and have some rolling terrain. For more information, click here.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships –One more jersey on the line with the ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships. The course is a familiar one, as it’s used multiple times over the course of the racing season. It’s not too technical with just a couple of sweeping turns. There are age group and category options. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Masters Nationals –Racing got underway for the 2016 Masters Nationals Track Cycling Championships on Tuesday. Racers from around the country have been competing in mass start and timed events throughout the week. Team competitions will be on Sunday, which is always a fun way to wrap up the racing. Chicago has been well represented with many championship and podium finishes. To see the details of all the races, click here.

Roger DeLanghe & Illinois State Scratch Races – It’ll be a hot night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this coming Thursday evening with the annual Scratch race championships. Roger DeLanghe was a fixture at our track for years and so for many, this race is very special. For more information on the racing, click here.

Illinois State Championship Timed Events – Looking to compete on the track, but not in mass start events? The timed events are the perfect opportunity to ride a hard solo to achieve victory. Along with the timed events, there will also be match sprints, team sprints and team pursuits. The racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of each day’s events, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – You’ll need to head south for crit racing next weekend. This race is just outside of St. Louis, but it offers up a great technical course which is just shy of a mile with seven corners. For those with great technical skills, this course is perfect for you! For race information, click here.

Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship – Looking to go beyond a state championship? This women’s race pulls together women from the entire Midwest to compete for glory and a championship jersey. The road race is flat, but the obstacles will include wind and GRAVEL! If you’re not too sure about racing, but want to be part of this women’s event, you can volunteer. For all the details on this special event, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’re back to this course for the third and final time of the season. This time it’s two loops around the course, which again, is all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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