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Cyclocross National Championships

We seem to have made it out of the deep freeze and into some typical winter weather. Not exactly perfect outdoor riding conditions for everyone, but for some this weather is a relief. Whether you opt to train indoors or outside, tis the season to keep building. There are some great local events and the big stage for cycling is Reno. Check the listings below for what’s going on!

Events:

Cyclocross National Championships – It may be chilly around here, but the heat is on in Reno, Nevada, with the Cyclocross National Championships! The racing began on the 9th and will continue through Sunday, January 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is this Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This eight week yoga series continues this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements Pre-Ride Social – Thinking about participating in this year’s Braver than the Elements ride? Attend this social on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30 to 8pm at the Rapha Clubhouse. They’ll be discussing ride prep options for Sunday’s as well as socializing. For more information, click here.

Braver than the Elements – Next Sunday, be brave and join the ladies as they head out on this 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cold Start to the Year

The start of the New Year has been a frigid one and it seems only the incredibly hearty riders have ventured out to face the extreme temps on their bikes. Whether you bundle up and head outdoors or stay inside for indoor miles, there’s no time for slacking as we build for the new season. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than riding on snow-covered trails and that’s what you’ll get at this Hugh Jass event! This week the series heads to northern Kettle Moraine, where riders will hit the New Fane mountain bike trails. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This is the first in a weekly yoga series that begins this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships begin next week and are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & stay warm!

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Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2018, it’s a time to reflect on our 2017 season and set new goals for 2018. Will your goals include a major event, building for a strong season, or to use cycling as a means to enjoy pedaling outside and keeping fit? Be sure to set realistic but challenging goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Events:

Hot Soup for the Homeless – Start the New Year off on a good note by delivering soup to the homeless on your bike. You can join the group leading this charge in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, or take up the charge closer to your home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than snow-covered trail riding. With the current snowy conditions and the predicted future snowfall, next weekend will be a fun-fest. This edition of the Hugh Jass series is located at the New Fane mountain bike trails in northern Kettle Moraine. For more information, click here.

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, stay focused, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & Happy New Year!

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Fall Fling

 

The transition into fall isn’t like a light switch. It’s a gradual process that transforms everything around us. Whether it’s the leaves on the trees, the reduced sunlight of our days or the heat to warm our surroundings, we are changing every day. I see a parallel between fall and the Monarch butterfly. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly and begins a new journey, we, too, transition in the fall and start a new journey. This weekend is a wonderful representation of transitions, moving slowly into a new cycling season and a colorful change of our scenery. Get out and enjoy, there are so many things to do!!

Events:

Jingle Cross – The leaves are barely starting to turn, but you’d think we’d need to be heading out the door with our snow boots with the buzz this world cup event is creating. No need to be confused, the series used to be held closer to the holidays, thus the name! The action begins today and continues throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – Although the road season is winding down, there’s still plenty of fabulous weather and great friends to share a few miles. Join the ladies of the XXX-racing team as they lead this month’s women’s ride. The ride departs from 1501 N Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am, with a second pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park before heading back home. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park west criterium course. The course is mostly flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator tomorrow for a gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you’re looking for more of a local cross racing scene this weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up for what’s ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic on Friday from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues next weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the Dupage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicross Cup Begins

You’ll feel like a Super Dawg this weekend if you head to Caldwell Woods for any of the weekend’s events, which include two days of cross clinics and the first of the Chicross Cup series. If you want to get out of the city for cross, you can head over the border for Wisconsin’s events. And, if you’re looking to the stick to the road, there are multiple racing and riding options. There’ll be perfect riding weather this weekend, so get out and take in all you can!

Events:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite riders and get prepared for a great team event on Saturday. This event truly embodies the spirit of teamwork because the more you work as a team, the faster you’ll go and the better you’ll do. For race information, click here.

Return of the Sven’s – Whether you’re new cyclo-cross or a seasoned rider looking to up your game, the clinics on Saturday and Sunday are a great place to start. The Sven brothers are leading the clinics, and who better to learn from than world champion/class professionals. The events will be held at Caldwell Woods. For event information, click here

Chicross Cup Event #1 – Time to get Chicago’s cross series started. The first race in this series is Caldwell Woods which is near the infamous Super Dawg drive in, but you won’t have time for hot dogs until you’re finished racing! This course offers up some elevation changes and the promotors usually do a great job of creating or capturing technical elements, so it’s not all about power. For more information, click here.

Cross Shooshko – If you’re anxious to get started in cyclo-cross racing, head north to Milwaukee. The course has rolling hills and technical sections, which is great for riders looking for something other than a power course. For race information, click here.

Harmon 100 – It’s September, so it’s primetime for centuries. Enjoy a fully supported ride on scenic and quiet roads. You can choose from 25, 50, 75 or the full 100 mile routes. For ride information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cyclo-Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this park is located in Milwaukee. For the ladies, this race offers up age group and multiple category fields, so it’s a great opportunity to race on a level playing field. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer Event – Looking to get in some miles and enjoy a good beer? This time around the BFF crew will lead a group from the city to Two Brothers Roadhouse in Aurora where you can enjoy a meal and a beer. You’ll also have the option to return to the city by train or bike. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park Criterium in West Chicago. The course is flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial, and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator next Saturday for a fall gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you want to get in some cross racing next weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up at a smaller venue before the bigger races that are ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend’s Gateway Cup

Our long summer days are getting shorter each day and an added crispness in the air reminds us that our summer will be ending soon. But, with a few adjustments to our routine, there’s still so much left to enjoy outside in the warm weather. This holiday weekend is packed with racing and riding opportunities and the weather will be splendid! Get out and enjoy.

Events:

Gateway Cup – The criterium action is in full force this weekend with the Gateway Cup in St. Louis. The four day event begins today and continues through Monday.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change to add a bit of a challenge.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a tough course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event 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, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Closing Night & Cookout – It’s been a full season of racing at the Ed Rudolph velodrome with eighteen weeks in the books after the close of next Thursday’s races. Come out for the last night and enjoy some lighthearted competition, including the track stand competition and the cookout. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite riders and get prepared for a great team event next Saturday. This event truly embodies the spirit of teamwork because the more you work as a team, the faster you will go and the better you will do. There aren’t too many details at the moment, but check back on the ABR website for updates.

Return of the Svens – Whether you’re new cyclo-cross or a seasoned rider looking to up your game, the clinics next Saturday and Sunday are a great place to start. The Sven brothers are leading the clinics, and who better to learn from than world champion/class professionals. The events will be held at Caldwell Woods. For event information, click here

Cross Shooshko – If you’re anxious to get started in cyclo-cross racing, head north to Milwaukee. The course has rolling hills and technical sections, which is great for riders looking for something other than a power course. For race information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cyclo-Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this park is located in Milwaukee. For the ladies, this race offers up age group and multiple category fields, so it’s a great opportunity to race on a level playing field. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Bloomington Criterium

In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.

Events:

CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.

Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event 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, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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