We’re continuing with our weather roller coaster. We’re out of the cold and snow and we’re headed for a little warmth and rain. With the Illinois State Cyclo-cross championships on Sunday, this weather pattern will make for some interesting course terrain. There should be plenty of mud and some surfaces might be slick, so prepare your equipment set-up carefully. Make the best of what the weekend has to offer and be sure to keep moving. Check the listings below for a few options.
Major Taylor Birthday Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this national ride that honors cyclist Major Taylor. The ride is on Saturday and it departs from the Daniel Ryan Woods at 10am. For more information, click here.
Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championship – This is the last year for the state championships to be held at Montrose. Over the years there’ve been a few constants on this course like Cricket hill, lakefront sand and hundreds of hecklers. The biggest variable has always been the weather, with some years bringing snow and cold while other years it’s been downright balmy. Looks like this year there’ll be mild temps and maybe a bit of rain, which will be a delight to many racers. It’ll be a race not to miss. For more information, click here.
Corn-Cross – This beginner-friendly race is held in Weaver Park in Urbana. The course features grassy hills, off camber descents and flat power sections. After the race stick around for food and beer and an after Party at Riggs Beer Company. For more information, click here.
Furrow Euro CX – This race is part of the HICX series and it’s held on Furrow Farm in El Paso. There’ll be the typical course challenges like barriers, hills and grass, but for a twist, you’ll ride through a barn. For more information, click here.
Afterglow – A Cyclo-cross race. This event is all about having fun and getting in a good workout. Held in Douglas Park, the course offers plenty of obstacles including sand and grass. Proceeds from the event go to West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend!