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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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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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Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start to summer begins this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. We’ve been blessed with real summertime temperatures, which are well deserved after a long stretch of cold. Get out, enjoy yourself and ride your bike! Check the listings below for options.

Events:

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master’s category races, you can stay close to home and get in three solid days of racing. This series is typically held in Wood Dale, but this year the races will be held on another familiar course in West Chicago. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – It’s four days of hot competition and great cycling courses in the quad cities area. These races have been around for a long time and as a Midwesterner, they are a rite of passage. The racing begins today with the Burlington road race. Saturday is the infamous Snake Alley criterium, which is highlighted by the twisty cobble climb. Sunday is the Melon City criterium, which is more of a hilly circuit course with a speed bump at the bottom of the descent. The weekend wraps up on Monday with the Quad Cities Criterium (now called the Kwik Star Criterium). For more information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – It’s another road race in Palmyra, Wisconsin. It’s a place where country roads still exist and they’re quite scenic as well. Head north and get your fill of road racing! For race information, click here.

WoMo Ride – Memorial Day Edition – Looking for a group ride on Monday? Join the WoMo ride, which will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7:30am and head north to Highland Park. For more information, click here.

Bike the Drive – If you’re looking for something a little calmer than racing, and if you’d love the opportunity to ride on Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive, this event is perfect for you. It’s the Active Transportation Alliance’s biggest event and proceeds go to improving our access safe paths and roadways for our active lifestyles. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium Event #1 – There aren’t too many opportunities to fine tune your match sprint skills, but this three event series is designed to help. The day starts out with a 200 meter qualifier and then based on your time, you are matched up with others for the sprint tournament. Get your cat and mouse game on and be there! The first event is scheduled for tomorrow. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – In its 9th year, the Women’s Dirt Day’s series offer women of all abilities a chance to come together and hit the trails. The first stop is Kettle Moraine. Meet at the John Muir Mountain Bike Trailhead. For more information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This has become the premier cycling event in Illinois. The race attracts riders from around the country and the course is technical and challenging. Make plans to race and then stick around for the food and music. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – There probably isn’t a course in Illinois with more history of famous riders racing on it than Cobb Park. The course is flat and has a few technical sections, making it a crit riders dream. For more information, click here.

Bong and a Half 30K TT – The second in this time trial series is a loop and a half around the Bong Recreational Center. It’s a rolling course with all right turns. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

There’s not much drafting in climbing, so your motto this weekend may be to hang on! That is, unless you plan on using your pedaling power to charge up the hills and build on the excitement at the Fox River Grove Omnium. Whether you hit the hills or stay where it’s flat, there’s plenty of action nearby. Check the listings below for options.

Events:

Fox River Omnium – This two day omnium features races that will challenge your skill and strength. Race information can be found here.

  • Elgin Cycling Classic – This race loops around a neighborhood and features flat and graded sections as well as a somewhat technical downhill/uphill chicane combo.
  • Fox River Grove – This race is all about climbing and descending. It’ll challenge your fitness and skills.

LAPT Road Race – This is a relatively forgiving road race course. It’s a 7 mile loop with rolling hills, but nothing too steep or long. The race is located in Palmyra, Wisconsin, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – Looking for some speed? Head to the Madison International Speedway for a fast, non-technical race course. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium Event #1 – There aren’t too many opportunities to fine tune your match sprint skills, but this three event series is designed to help. The day starts out with a 200 meter qualifier and then based on your time, you are matched up with others for the sprint tournament. Get your cat and mouse game on and be there! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master’s category races, you can stay close to home and get in three solid days of racing. This series is typically held in Wood Dale, but this year the races will be held on another familiar course in West Chicago. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – It’s four days of hot competition and great cycling courses in the quad cities area. These races have been around for a long time and as a Midwesterner, they are a rite of passage. The racing begins on Friday with the Burlington road race. Saturday is the infamous Snake Alley criterium, which is highlighted by the twisty cobble climb. Sunday is the Melon City criterium, which is more of a hilly circuit course with a speed bump at the bottom of the descent. The weekend wraps up on Monday with the Quad Cities Criterium (now called the Kwik Star Criterium). For more information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – It’s another road race in Palmyra, Wisconsin. It’s a place where country roads still exist and they’re quite scenic as well. Head north and get your fill of road racing! For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – In its 9th year, the Women’s Dirt Day’s series offer women of all abilities a chance to come together and hit the trails. The first stop is Kettle Moraine. Meet at the John Muir Mountain Bike Trailhead. For more information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This has become the premier cycling event in Illinois. The race attracts riders from around the country and the course is technical and challenging. Make plans to race and then stick around for the food and music. For more information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – There probably isn’t a course in Illinois with more history of famous riders racing on it than Cobb Park. The course is flat and has a few technical sections, making it a crit riders dream. For more information, click here.

Bong and a Half 30K TT – The second in this time trial series is a loop and a half around the Bong Recreational Center. It’s a rolling course with all right turns. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and a time to celebrate women. Hopefully your celebration includes a solid workout followed by a little pampering. There are plenty of ride options this weekend, so whether you’re looking for a big challenge or something a little more low-key, there’s something just for you. Check the listings below for a few local options.

Events:

CycloFemme Chicago Rides – CycloFemme is a global celebration of women, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future. This year’s theme is RIDE Together, RISE Together . Two Chicago rides were scheduled for you to join in. The details are below.

  • Friday, May 11, join the Rapha Women’s Ride, which departs from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 6:30am.The ride ends at the WBR/SRAM office for breakfast. To register, click here.
  • Saturday, May 12, meet at Foster and the Lake front path at 7am for a short Ride to Yoga for Cyclists Class in Rogers Park. To register, click here.

 

Region Riot Criterium – Stay close to home for your crit action this weekend. The race is located in Hammond, Indiana and the 1.3 mile loop is flat and fast. For more information, click here.

 

Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event information, click here.

 

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another opportunity for a multi-day/race omnium series. This one is a little further north, but offers races in all three disciplines. Saturday offers an 8 mile Eddy Merxck style time trial. Later that day the road race will go off. It’s a 14 mile circuit and the distance depends on the category. On Sunday, they’ll have a 6 corner criterium to complete the series. For more information, click here.

 

Track Cycling:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – Track season got off to a great start last night – and with blistering speeds! This coming week the category 5 men get an opportunity to race in the Thursday night program. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fox River Omnium – This two day omnium features races that will challenge your skill and strength. Race information can be found here.

  • Elgin Cycling Classic – This race loops around a neighborhood and features flat and graded sections as well as a somewhat technical downhill/uphill chicane combo.
  • Fox River Grove – This race is all about climbing and descending. It’ll challenge your fitness and skills.

LAPT Road Race – This is a relatively forgiving road race course. It’s a 7 mile loop with rolling hills, but nothing too steep or long. The race is located in Palmyra, Wisconsin, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead – Memorial Day Weekend!

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master category races, you can stay close to home and get in three solid days of racing. This series is typically held in Wood Dale, but this year the races will be held on another familiar course in West Chicago. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – It’s four days of hot competition and great cycling courses in the quad cities area. These races have been around for a long time and as a Midwesterner, they are a rite of passage. The racing begins on Friday with the Burlington road race. Saturday is the infamous Snake Alley criterium, which is highlighted by the twisty cobble climb. Sunday is the Melon City criterium, which is more of a hilly circuit course with a speed bump at the bottom of the descent. The weekend wraps up on Monday with the Quad Cities Criterium (now called the Kwik Star Criterium). For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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