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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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Monsters of the Midway

We’re finally experiencing some spring-like temperatures and just in time! The events are coming fast and furious and with something for everyone. Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

LaCrosse Omnium – This race series begins today and continues through Sunday. The events include a 2.4 mile time trial up Grandads Bluff – ouch! A road race on a 13.6 mile loop, the distance depends on the race category. The final race is a flat and fast criterium in downtown Lacrosse. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – If you were unable to attend the clinic at Northbrook or if you want to try out another track, attend this women-only clinic at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. For more information, click here.

Number Pick-up – Avoid the rush on opening night and head out to the track on Monday to pick up your annual race number and then stick around to socialize with your fellow trackies. For more information, click here.

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – That’s right, track cycling season is here! The first night of racing is this coming Thursday and racing will continue each Thursday through September 6. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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 . There are two Chicago rides 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.

 

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.

 

Plan Ahead:

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.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Ride

 

There’s still a slight chill in the air, but with plenty of sunshine and a jacket, being outside is the best place to be. This weekend kicks off the monthly women’s ride, and there’s also plenty of racing close to home. Make the best of the weekend and enjoy the great outdoors! Check below for a listing of local events.

Events:

WoMo Ride #1 – The first women’s ride is this Saturday. The group will be departing from the Rapha store at 1514 N Milwaukee at 7:30am and they’ll make a pickup at 8am at Pratt & Ridge. From there the group will head north to Highland Park. If you’re looking for a nice group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Muskego Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – It’s the course with a funny name, but it’s a great spot for time trials. The course is one loop around the Bong Recreational Center, which is 20K. There are a few rollers, but it’s all right turns and no crossing intersections. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics Event #1 – First up in the crosstown classic series is the Lincoln Park Criterium. The course is known for its hairpin turn and the wind that blows in from the lake. It’s a great event to get your season rolling. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaCrosse Omnium – This event is a little like a stage race, but unlike a stage race, you can opt to race every day or select the race or races you want. The series starts of next Friday with a 2.4 mile time trial up Grandads Bluff – ouch! Saturday features a road race on a 13.6 mile loop, the amount of loops depends on the race category. The final race is on Sunday and it’s a flat and fast criterium in downtown Lacrosse. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – If you were unable to attend last week’s clinic at Northbrook or if you want to try out another track, attend this women-only clinic at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – That’s right, track cycling season is here! The first night of racing is Thursday May 10 and will continue each Thursday through September 6. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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O’Fallon Road Race

One thing you can rely on in our area is unpredictable weather in the springtime. That’s what we’ve experienced this week anyway; snow on Monday, and 70’s on Thursday! This weekend will be no different and it will be a test to dodge raindrops and snow as we try to get outside to ride and race. There’s a full lineup of events to take part in, check the listings below.

Events:                                                                                                                                                           

O’Fallon Grand Prix Road Race – Think all road races in Illinois are flat? Not so if you head south! This race is located near St. Louis, so prepare for a drive and a challenging road race course. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – Like many Wisconsin races, this criterium is located in a park setting. The course winds around the outskirts of the park and has one technical corner as you head to the start/finish line. It’s close to Milwaukee, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – This Wisconsin crit course is located at the Madison International Speedway. Unlike Blackhawk Farms, this course resembles a large wide and flat velodrome. If you’re looking for something that’s not too technical, this is a good option. For more information, click here.

An Evening With Katie Compton – Spend an evening with a 14-time national cyclocross champion and World cyclocross silver medalist. Katie Compton will be in Chicago this Thursday at the Goose Island Brewery for a Q&A session. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds go to Big Marsh. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Track Clinic – If you’re curious about fixed gear bikes and riding or racing on a velodrome, this clinic will provide you with all you need to get started. There are loaner bikes available, so there’s no excuse to not give it a try! The clinic will be held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome on Saturday, April 21.Rain date Sunday, April 22. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is just around the corner and it’s called Barry Roubaix. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer – The next bike to beer ride is next Sunday. The group will be heading to Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs. The round trip is approximately 45 miles. Bring money for food, as there will be food trucks. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Spring Super Crit

Mother Nature isn’t playing nice and instead of mild spring temperatures, it feels more like winter. But, if you have a hearty spirit and the proper gear, getting outside to ride and race this weekend is doable! There are plenty of options, check below for a few in our area.

Events:

WOMO Ride #1- The first of the 2018 all-women rides will be postponed until Saturday, April 28th.The predicted temps for this weekend are a bit too low to provide the experience this ride should. Make plans to come out in a few weeks! For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – If you’re looking for gravel, head out to this spring classic in Morris. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a pre-season favorite with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

John Fraser 10 mile TT – This is the final race in ABD’s winter time trial series. The 10 mile race begins in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

O’Fallon Grand Prix Road Race – Think all road races in Illinois are flat? Not so if you head south! This race is located near St. Louis, so prepare for a drive and a challenging road race course. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – Like many Wisconsin races, this criterium is located in a park setting. The course winds around the outskirts of the park and has one technical corner as you head to the start/finish line. It’s close to Milwaukee, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – This Wisconsin crit course is located at the Madison International Speedway. Unlike Blackhawk Farms, this course resembles a large wide and flat velodrome. If you’re looking for something that’s not too technical, this is a good option. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is just around the corner and it’s called Barry Roubaix. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Track racing season is just around the corner and if you’re curious about riding and racing a fixed gear bike on a velodrome, you should attend one or both of the upcoming clinics. The first clinic is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For more information, click here. The second clinic is at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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