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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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Glencoe Grand Prix and Illinois State Criterium

The dose of sunshine we’ve enjoyed this past week has done wonders for our psyche. Suddenly the city has come alive with the masses headed outside to enjoy the wonderful weather. There’s not much better than sunshine and cycling and as we head into the summer season, there’s no lack of options. Check below for events in our area.

Events:

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.

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – This time the ladies are heading to Palos for a day of off-road fun. Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a seasoned rider, these events are a great gathering for all. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium/Illinois State Criterium Championship – 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 a few 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.

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. There are no events locally, but you can still visit one of the two operating velodromes in our area; Ed Rudolph and the Washington Bowl.

Opening Night/Ladies Night – It’s been a long road to resurface and reopen the Washington Bowl Velodrome in Kenosha, but the day is finally here! What better way to open up the season then to begin with Ladies Night! For event information, click here.

Sprinters Omnium Event #2 – It’s round two in this sprinter’s series. 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:

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, head out to this women’s clinic next Saturday 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.

LAPT Criterium – Head west of Milwaukee to Pabst Farms for next 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 it’s not too technical. 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 once around the course. 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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Lincoln Park Criterium

It’s spring in Chicago, and with that comes a bit of unpredictability with the weather. Since the weatherman has been a bit off in his forecasts this week, I’m going to assume that’ll continue through the weekend. Let’s be optimistic and confident that our weekend riding and racing plans will go on without rain interference. There’s so many riding opportunities this weekend. Check the listings below for an event fit for you.

Events:

Project Echelon Time Based Omnium – If you’re prepping for a stage race, this event is perfect for you. It has four stages in three days, accumulating time with each event. There are two time trials and two circuit races. You can opt to compete in the overall/omnium or enter each race separately – your choice! For event information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a springtime 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 tomorrow! 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. The event has been moved to tomorrow, but be sure to check for the latest updates on the Facebook site. For event information and updates, 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.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – The Monday night training sessions at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome have started up again. These training sessions provide structure and skills training and you’ll get a great workout. If you’re new to track racing and/or looking to upgrade, these are perfect for you. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo AR Ride – It’s 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.

Wednesday Night Training Criteriums – If you’re out in the western suburbs on Wednesday evenings, join in the practice crits. The course is a large oval with one turn, so it’s not technical and good for beginners and experienced racers alike. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s another opportunity to get in some great training/racing if you’re planning on competing in a stage race. This event features a time trial, road race and a criterium, and since it’s an omnium you have the choice of racing for the overall or each race individually. It’s a bit of a hike to LaCrosse, so plan ahead. For event information, click here.

Monsters of the Midway – This 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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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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