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Trek CX Cup

Saturday is the autumnal equinox, officially ushering in the fall season. And, in the span of one day, we go from 90 degrees to 60. This drop in temperature should be a welcome change for those competing in events this weekend. Whatever you chose, get out and have fun!

Events:

Trek CX Cup – It’s the first of back to back World Cup cyclo-cross races in the Midwest. First up is Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin! There’ll be UCI races on Friday and Sunday and the World Cup event on Sunday. There’ll also be category and age group racing throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling – There’s been a few last minute changes in this year’s Fall Fling series. There’ll be three events, each held in different locations. First up is the criterium in Wood Dale on Sunday. Although this is a change of venue for the series, it’s a familiar course and not too technical. The remaining events will be held next weekend with a criterium in Geneva and a time trial in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Jingle Cross – The second weekend of World Cup Cyclo-cross racing is in the Midwest is Jingle Cross in Iowa City. Don’t be confused by the name, it was once held Thanksgiving weekend, but with riders from around the world coming to the Midwest for Trek CX, they moved up the race to make it worth their while for the travel. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Continues – The series continues with a brand new criterium course on Saturday in Geneva. The course features long straight-aways, corners and curves – should be fun! Sunday is the time trial in Maple Park. It’s a 9.5 mile course with two 180 degree turnarounds. For more information, click here.

ILL Kanza – Ready for another gravel adventure? Head to Kansas, Illinois next Saturday. You can choose from ride distances of 22 to 72 miles of gravel, rolling hills and scenic wooded areas. For more information, click here.

Half Acre’s CX Eliminator – Held at Big Marsh Bike Park, this race begins with a non-elimination race for each group, which sets up the seeding for rounds of elimination heats. For more information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – Head out to Three Oaks, Michigan next Sunday for one of the Midwest’s largest cycling events. There are seven ride routes between 15 and 100 miles, with opportunities to add on or shorten along the way. Upon completion of the event, enjoy apple cider and a pasta dinner. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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One Day One Hundred Bikes

It’s another action packed weekend for cyclists in Chicago. Whether you want to race, do some exploring or just get in a few miles, there’s a limitless supply. The weather is perfect so there are no excuses. Get out and have fun!

Events:

One Day One Hundred Bikes – Join in this weekend celebration and fundraiser for the World Bicycle Relief, which provides bicycles to people in third world countries and dramatically improves their lives. Friday and Saturday include viewing the “Filmed by Bike” movie. Saturday will also include several options for group rides and a spin challenge. For more information, click here.

Birds Bikes and Beer – If you’re looking for a low-key event that brings together lots of outdoor activities, head to the Big Marsh tomorrow. There’ll be birding and nature explorations with Great Lakes Audubon Society and Ornithological Society. Plus they’ll have BMX demos, free mountain bike rentals and clinics. The event is from 2-6pm. For more information, click here.

Women’s 100K Rapha Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this all-women ride on Saturday. It brings together women of the cycling community around the world. It’s a great event and it’s a no-drop ride. For more information or to register, click here.

Sven-Nado! A Cyclocross Clinics – Want to sharpen your cyclocross skills? This is your chance to learn from two world champions who just happen to both have the name Sven. The clinics are Saturday and Sunday at Caldwell Woods. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #2 – Head to Caldwell Woods for week 2 of Chicago’s cross series. Back in the day, this Chicago Park had toboggan slides on the park hills. The slides are long-gone, but the hills are still there to provide a change in elevation. Whether hills or single track, this is a fun but challenging course. For more information, click here.

Patriot Cross – If you’re looking for a smaller venue for racing cross, then head to Rantoul. This event includes the usual categories as well as a relay race and a fat bike category. For more information, click here.

Amish Country Tour – This cycling tour offers up three routes in Illinois’ Amish country. Choose from 20, 42, or 60 mile routes where you can take a step back in time and visit Amish owned country stores and shops. For more information, click here.

Northshore Century –In its 34th year, the Northshore Century offers up scenic and well guided routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Evanston and heads north along Lake Michigan and then just to the west, depending on the route. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling – This event is made up of four events over two weekends. The first weekend offers up a criterium on Saturday and a time trial on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup Clinics- This event offers up two cross clinics on Friday. on Friday. There’ll be one for junior girls and another for all riders. You’ll learn tips from world renowned cyclocross racer, Katie Compton. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World Cup cyclocross racing returns to the Waterloo, Wisconsin! There’ll be UCI races on Friday and Sunday, with the World Cup event on Sunday. There’ll also be category and age group racing throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Transition Weekend

It’s a transition weekend of cycling where those still wanting to hold onto summer and the road season have a few rides options. For those ready for fall and the cross season, Chicago’s main series kicks off with a trip to corn country. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it with this weekend’s options. Get out and have fun!

Events:

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.

Coming Up:

Women’s 100K Rapha Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this all-women ride next Saturday. It brings together women of the cycling community around the world. It’s a great event and it’s a no-drop ride. For more information or to register, click here.

Sven-Nado! A Cyclo-cross Clinics – Want to sharpen your cyclo-cross skills? This is your chance to learn from two world champions who just happen to both have the name Sven. The clinics are Saturday and Sunday at Caldwell Woods. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #2 – Head to Caldwell Woods for week 2 of Chicago’s cross series. This Chicago park, where back in the day had toboggan slides on the park hills. The slides are long-gone, but the hills are still there to provide a change in elevation. Whether hills or single track, this is a fun but challenging course. For more information, click here.

Patriot Cross – If you’re looking for a smaller venue for racing cross, then head to Rantoul. This event includes the usual categories as well as a relay race and a fat bike category. For more information, click here.

Amish Country Tour – This cycling tour offers up three routes in Illinois’ Amish country. Choose from 20, 42, or 60 mile routes where you can take a step back in time and visit Amish owned country stores and shops. For more information, click here.

Northshore Century –In its 34th year, the Northshore Century offers up scenic and well guided routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Evanston and heads north along Lake Michigan and then just to the west, depending on the route. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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Late Season Cycling

It’s late summer and we see a bit of a transition in the cycling events being offered up. While in this transition there are so many options for riding and racing, you’ll have to decide what the best fit is for you. Check the options below then get out and have fun.

Events:

Ride Like an Egyptian – This event is a benefit for the historic Egyptian Theater in Dekalb. It’s a 25 mile loop which can be repeated based on your goal mileage. Will it be 25, 50, 75, or the full 100 miles, that’s up to you! The course has a central rest stop loaded up with ride treats and drinks, but it’s an indoor facility with air conditioning and real restrooms! For more information, click here.

The Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a few hours’ drive south to southern Illinois, but it’s worth the trip for this exciting race that’s been building momentum over the last few years. It’s a flat seven corner course with a few tight corners, making it a crit racers delight. The race is part of a community festival, so there’s plenty of fun to have post-race. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race – Two things seem to be synonymous with the town of New Glarus; hills and beer! If you’re looking for a challenging road race, be sure to head north to the rolling hills on the rural roads of southwest Wisconsin! And, when you wrap up your race, be sure to sit back and enjoy a nice beer! For more information, click here.

Gateway Motorsports Park Criterium – If you plan on heading south to race in Edwardsville on Saturday, make it worth the drive and stay to race on Sunday in Madison. While Saturday’s race is technical, Sunday’s race, which is held on a motor speedway, is a much more fluid course. For more information, click here.

Double Bong – Wisconsin State Time Trial Championship – This is the third and final event of the Bong series and it’s two laps around the course for a total distance of 40K. The course is rolling, but has all right turns, keeping you away from any traffic. For more information, click here.

The Wright Ride – Oak Park is home to many Frank Lloyd Wright homes and this ride offers up an architectural tour of the homes as well as well as options for a few scenic miles in the western burbs. Ride routes include distances of 10, 30, 50 and 72 miles. For more information, click here.

Bike Psychos Century Ride – It’s not quite fall, but century rides are starting to pop up each weekend. This event is in its 35th year and offers ride routes of 35, 50, 70 and 124 miles! The event begins in Coal City. For more information here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Timed Events State Championships – It’ll be two full days of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this weekend. Saturday will be the sprint tournament and the team sprint events. Sunday will be the timed events, including the team pursuit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Points Race – We’re moving along in all the state championship races and this coming Thursday will be the State Points races, which also honor former local racers. The men will be riding in honor of Franco Panveno and the women will be riding in honor of Amy Tremelling. It’ll be another night of serious racing! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Relay Cross – Ready or not, it’s time for cyclo-cross racing! The season opener is a challenging, but lighthearted event with teams of two battling it out over grass, pavement and barriers. This year’s course has moved to the north side of the city to Warren Park. Grab your partner and get set for a solid team effort. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This 20K course is used twice a season. First in the spring, and then again in late summer when the added tree cover can provide a little relief from the elements. There may be some advantages to racing later in the season, but it’s still a challenging course with its rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. Are you up for the challenge? For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Boulevard Lakefront Tour

It’s mid-August and while the major multi-day bike races are over for the season, there are still loads of options for riding and racing. From track to road and even gravel, there are events galore! Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

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. For more information, click here.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour –Explore many of Chicago’s neighborhoods and historic treasures at your pace and on your bike. You can choose from distances of 12, 22 or 32 miles. It’s a great event and the proceeds go to the Active Transportation Alliance, an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of all active people in our area. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Roger Delange/Elaine Nekritz Scratch Race Championships – Next Thursday it’s a scratch race bonanza at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, with headliner events in both the men’s and women’s fields. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Timed Events State Championships – It’ll be a full day of sprints, timed and team events next Saturday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. It’ll be a fast and powerful day of racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ride Like an Egyptian – This event is a benefit for the historic Egyptian Theater in Dekalb. It’s a 25 mile loop which can be repeated based on your goal mileage. Will it be 25, 50, 75, or a full 100 miles, that’s up to you! The course has a central rest stop loaded up with ride treats and drinks, but it’s an indoor facility with air conditioning and real restrooms! For more information, click here.

The Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a few hours’ drive south to southern Illinois, but it’s worth the trip for this exciting race that’s been building momentum over the last few years. It’s a flat seven corner course with a few tight corners, making it a crit racers delight. The race is part of a community festival, so there’s plenty of fun to have post-race. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race – Two things seem to be synonymous with the town of New Glarus; hills and beer! If you’re looking for a challenging road race, be sure to head north to the rolling hills on the rural roads of southwest Wisconsin! And, when you wrap up your race, be sure to sit back and enjoy a nice beer! For more information, click here.

Gateway Motorsports Park Criterium – If you plan on heading south to race in Edwardsville on Saturday, make it worth the drive and stay to race on Sunday in Madison. While Saturday’s race is technical, Sunday’s race, which is held on a motor speedway, is a much more fluid course. For more information, click here.

The Wright Ride – Oak Park is home to many Frank Lloyd Wright homes and this ride offers up an architectural tour of the homes as well as well as options for a few scenic miles in the western burbs. Ride routes include distances of 10, 30, 50 and 72 miles. For more information, click here.

Bike Psychos Century Ride – It’s not quite fall, but century rides are starting to pop up each weekend. This event is in its 35th year and offers ride routes of 35, 50, 70 and 124 miles! The event begins in Coal City. For more information here.

Have a great 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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