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Labor Day Weekend

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but the heat continues on the racing circuit! You’ll have to head a few hours south to get in on some intense criterium action, but locally you can choose from the roads to the trails. Check the listings below for ride options.

Events:

Gateway Cup – There’ll be some serious racing this weekend in St Louis. The racing begins today and continues through Monday. First up is the Tour de Lafayette which is a flat four corner crit. As the series continues, the courses get more technical and Sunday’s course has a bit of elevation with the Giro Della Montagna. For information on all the events, click here.

WoMo Ride – September’s edition of the women’s ride will be led by the Comrade Cycles women’s team. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30AM, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8AM. The group will head north to Highland Park and stop for refreshments. This is a no-drop ride and riders of all levels are encouraged to participate. For more information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, making it technical and challenging, especially for a time trial. For more information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days #4 – This is the final event in this series for the summer. The event will be held on Saturday at Silver Lake Park in Salem Wisconsin. Spend a day on the trails with this inclusive and encouraging group of ladies. For more information, click here.

Women’s Training Ride – In preparation for the Rapha 100, join in this training ride which will head to Willow Springs. It’ll be a 55 mile adventure and will help you get you set for the main event on September 15th. For more information or to register, click here.

Track Cycling:

Season Finale & Barbeque – We say goodbye to a great track cycling season with next week’s races and barbeque. It’s always a lighthearted night with a few fun events like the track stand contest. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite training partners and get ready for this annual four-person team event. You’ll achieve a new level of intensity as you work together to cover the distance. The race begins in Harvard and is 21.6 miles/34.7km. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – The road season continues with this challenging and somewhat technical course. The race is part of a neighborhood festival, so race and then plan to stick around for a little fun and food. For more information, click here.

Harmon Hundred – This season favorite offers up non-competitive ride routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Wilmot, Wisconsin and heads out on well-marked, scenic and challenging roads. If you’re looking for some late season miles, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #1 –The series kicks off with a trip to Dekalb’s Hopkins Park. It’s a great location for varied terrain, including some single track. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

 

With so much to do, the summer is keeping us busy and time is flying by. This first weekend of August brings us plenty of options for cycling. Whether you choose to hit the trails or stay on the road, there’s a lot of fun ahead and there’ll be plenty of sunshine and warm temps.

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days – It’s event #3 in this summer mountain bike series. This one is timed perfectly for a Palos Meltdown preview. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, these events are great at accommodating everyone and making the experience fun. For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – It’s two days of events at Palos. Saturday they’ll have demo rides, a women’s clinic, course pre-rides and a festival. Sunday is the main event and the course features a little of everything; climbing, technical single track and some open space. For more information, click here.

Adam Hartwig Memorial Road Race – This is a new Wisconsin road race. The course is an eleven mile loop with an average grade of 5.6 percent and several corners. The race is just north of Milwaukee, so it’s just a couple hours drive for some challenging and technical road racing. For more information, click here.

Brian Akers Memorial Time Trial – This time trial is a flat a19K course with sweeping corners to help you keep your speed. If you’re looking for a fast course, this event is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Two Rivers ABR Road Race Championship – This is a flat road race course. What it lacks in elevation, it makes up for in challenging cross winds. It’s just a short drive south to Aroma Park. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

ABR National Track Championships – It’ll be a full day of track racing at Kenosha’s Washington Park Velodrome with mass start, team and individual events. It all happens on Saturday. Registration begins at 8am and racing begins at 9am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin Championships – It’ll be an exciting night for the Sprinters on Thursday with the Illinois State Championship keirin event. This is an event where the riders are brought up to speed following a motorcycle and with a lap and a half remaining, the motor pulls off and the race to the line begins. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride – This month’s ride will be led by the ladies on the BFF Racing team. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am and make a stop at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The no-drop ride will head north to Highland Park. On the way home, there may be a more spirited pace option. For more information, click here.

Project Echelon Omnium – Road season continues with this triple event weekend. The two day event includes a time trial, circuit race and criterium. You can go for the overall omnium or race each event individually. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the perfect course for speed in this race of truths. Located in Tolano, just south of Champaign, this course is flat and the pavement is smooth with only one real turn. For more information, click here.

Little Apple 100 – It’s a new gravel race and it’s close to home. Head south to Manhattan for this gravel-fest. You can choose from either a 50K or 100K. For more information, click here.

Wood Dale Criterium – If you’ve been a racer in Chicago for any length of time, you’ve probably made your way over to this course in Wood Dale. The loop has only one real corner, so it’s not too technical. If you’re looking to keep your road season going, don’t miss out. For more information, click here.

Have a good weekend!

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Intelligentsia Cup Continues

It’s a lively weekend for racing and riding around Chicago. We’ve seen some great racing so far in the Intelligentsia Cup and that will continue through the weekend. If you’re looking to stay away from the criterium scene, there’s a time trial or an organized group ride. The weather is perfect, so don’t waste these perfect summer day and get out and ride!

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup continues –Today is the Elmhurst Cycling Classic, which draws huge community support and a course that includes some technical corners and a leg stinging false flat. Saturday is the Tour of Lake Ellyn, which is a technical and challenging course in a somewhat tranquil setting. The final race is the William Blair Grand Prix on Sunday in the west loop. It’s mostly a four corner crit, with the added big city gritty feel. For details on the series, click here.

Big Marsh Bike Convergence – Join in one of the many community rides converging at the Big Marsh this Saturday. The ride is to highlight underserved communities for active transportation. For more information, click here.

ABR State Time Trial Championship – Calling all time trial specialists to the ABR state championships. It’s a challenging out and back course which features a slight grade and hills. It will test your mental and physical fitness over the distance of 40K. Head out to Paw Paw for this exciting event. For more information, click here.

Muncie Grand Prix – If you’re looking for a change of pace, head to Muncie, Indiana for their Grand Prix. The course is just shy of a mile and includes five corners and a round-about to challenge your technical expertise. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

ABR National Track Championships – It’ll be a full day of track racing at Kenosha’s Washington Park Velodrome with mass start, team and individual events. It all happens next Saturday. Registration begins at 8am and racing begins at 9am. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Days – It’s event #3 in this summer mountain bike series. This one is timed perfectly for a Palos Meltdown preview. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, these events are great at accommodating everyone and making the experience fun. For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – It’s two days of events at Palos. Saturday they’ll have demo rides a women’s clinic, course pre-rides and a festival. Sunday is the main event and the course features a little of everything; climbing, technical single track and some open space. For more information, click here.

Adam Hartwig Memorial Road Race – This is a new race course which is an eleven mile loop with an average grade of 5.6% and several corners. It’s sure to be a new favorite. For more information, click here.

Brian Akers Memorial Time Trial – This time trial is a flat a19K course with sweeping corners to keep your speed. If you’re looking for speed, this event is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Two Rivers ABR Road Race Championship – This is a flat course, but what it lacks in elevation, it makes up for in challenging cross winds. It’s just a short drive south to Aroma Park. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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Palos Meltdown

There’s just about every kind of cycling event this weekend. Whether you’re looking for a road event, something on the track or even something off-road, this weekend you’re good-to-go! Let’s hope Mother Nature behaves and doesn’t lead us on roller coaster ride. The cooler temps are fine, but let’s hope the wind and rain stay far away. Check the list below for your favorite ride options.

Events:

Countryside Criterium – This race brings crit racing back to the local level. It’ll still be fast and furious, but it’ll be close to home and the field will be made up of mostly local friends. Head out to Countryside for a four corner crit that’ll be fun to race and easy to get to. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Ride #4 – The ladies will head back to Palos for a fun-filled day on the trails. For anyone looking to race the Meltdown on Sunday, this will be a perfect opportunity to check out the trails and get a good mental picture for the next day. For ride information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K Time Trial – Looking for a time trial that’s flat, fast and has sweeping corners to keep your speed high? Head out to Harvard, Illinois and your wish will be granted! For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – In its 11th year, the Palos Meltdown offers up a great mountain bike race with both technical and flowy sections. Race hard and stick around for a fun and festive afternoon at the trails. For race information, click here.

Two Rivers Road Race – There aren’t too many opportunities to do road races in our area, but this one is always on the calendar. The course is flat, so your climbing abilities aren’t required. However, there always seems to be plenty of cross winds, so knowing how to manage yourself in the peloton is key. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Central States Masters Track Weekend – Head north to Kenosha’s Washington Bowl for a full line-up of track racing at the master’s level. Races include all timed, team and sprint events. There will also be one mass start 10K Points race. For more information, click here.

Roger DeLange & Elaine Nekritz Races – It’s going to be a big night at the Ed Rudolph track this coming Thursday with the Delange and Nekritz races on tap. Besides the honor of having your name on the trophy, the races will also double as the Illinois State Scratch race championships. For race details, click here.

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held next Saturday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The day will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truths, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour of Little Switzerland

After several weeks of intense racing on the road, this weekend offers a little reprieve – unless you head north. Your local options include track racing, a group ride, of which there are many, or the trails. Whatever you choose, the sun will be shining and the temps will be perfect for a great weekend outside.

Events:

Tour of Little Switzerland – Exciting road racing continues this weekend with a three stage omnium in New Glarus, Wisconsin. The two day event includes a time trial, road race and criterium. The series will put your climbing legs to the test, as the area is known for its hills. After the racing, you can take in some of the beautiful scenery and maybe even enjoy a local beer. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships will be held at the Ed Rudolph velodrome tomorrow. Events will include all timed and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Countryside Criterium – This race brings crit racing back to the local level. It’ll still be fast and furious, but it’ll be close to home and the field will be made up of mostly local friends. Head out to Countryside for a four corner crit that’ll be fun to race and easy to get to. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Ride #4 – The ladies will head back to Palos for a fun-filled day on the trails. For anyone looking to race the Meltdown on Sunday, this will be a perfect opportunity to check out the trails and get a good mental picture for the next day. For ride information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K Time Trial – Looking for a time trial that’s flat, fast and has sweeping corners to keep your speed high? Head out to Harvard, Illinois and your wish will be granted! For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – In its 11th year, the Palos Meltdown offers up a great mountain bike race with both technical and flowy sections. Race hard and stick around for a fun and festive afternoon at the trails. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Ride Weekend

It’s a big weekend for ladies in the Chicago area with women’s rides scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options ahead from the road to the track and in the dirt! Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Union Cycling team. The ride will depart from 1501 North Damen at 7:30am with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park. On the return trip, the group may split into faster or more moderately paced groups. For ride information, click here.

Womo/Border Ride – For those looking for a few more miles, join the group continuing on from the WoMo ride turnaround point. The ride will continue on to the Wisconsin border and return to the city for a full century ride. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – You’ll have to head to Indianapolis if you want to race a crit this weekend, but it will be well worth the drive. It’s a fast figure 8 course around monument circle. The race draws riders from around the Midwest and there’s plenty of money and prizes on the line to heat up the competition. For race details, click here.

Hersher Two Person Time Trial – This weekend’s race is all about teamwork. If you’ve taken part in a team time trial, you already know how rewarding it can be. If you haven’t, then you should make sure to give this event a try. Grab your teammate and choose from either 25K or 50k and plan to work together to maximize your team’s potential. For race information, click here.

Rapha 100 Women’s Training Ride – If you’re not able to attend the women’s ride on Saturday, no worries! Join the training ride on Sunday from Rapha. The ride is geared towards getting you ready for the upcoming Rapha 100 ride later in July. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #4 – This is the fourth and final event in this off-road short track series. Head out for some fast paced racing in the dirt. For event information, click here.

Track Cycling

Sprinters Dream Omnium Series Event #3 – It’s the final event in this sprinters series. The event begins with flying 200’s to set up pairings for the match sprints. The event will also include the Belgian win and out, a four lap scratch race and time trial record attempts. If you want to fine tune your sprinting and race tactics, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Coming Up –

Intelligentsia Cup – Get set for ten days of high powered racing around Chicago, beginning next Friday in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. The series loops around the city and suburbs and features both criterium and road race courses. For details on all the events, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Venus de Miles – Take part in this all-women’s ride on Saturday, July 22nd. You can choose from a fully supported 25 or 60 mile route. The event includes lunch and lots of pampering upon your return. Proceeds go to Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here. Use the promo code ShareTheLove and receive a $7.00 discount.

WBR Grand Fondo – Summer fun includes bike riding, baseball and barbeque, and you’ll get all three when you participate in the WBR Grand Fondo! The ride will depart from Wilmette and head north to Kenosha. There you’ll be treated to a baseball game and barbeque! The event is on Sunday, July 23rd and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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