Category Archives: Time Trials

Tour de France Begins

 

The Tour de France begins tomorrow in Noirmoutier-en-L’lle. The first stage will be a flat and very fast 201 kilometers and it will be all about the sprinters. Despite any controversy surrounding the race, we’ll all be anxious to see the race unfold over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for all the excitement and carry some of that energy into your training! Check out the listings below for some local cycling fun.

Events:

WoMo Ride – It’s the July edition of this Chicago women’s ride. July’s ride will be led by the Chicago Women’s Elite team. As always, the ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride heads as far north as Highland Park and is no-drop ride. On the way home there’s an option for a more spirited return to the city as well. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Looking for a flat fast crit this weekend? Head north to the Agora complex near Madison for this inaugural event. For more information, click here.

Herscher 2-Person Time Trial – Grab your teammate and head south to Herscher for the 2-person time trial. Share the work of covering the distance and get a great sense of accomplishment and cooperation. The event is 50K for most categories and 25K for some. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Challenge – This two- day series on July 6th & 7th   is an annual event at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. It’s a great opportunity to compete in all your favorite track events, against some of the toughest competition in the country. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Thursday Night Short Track Racing at Big Marsh – Looking for some off-road fun during the week? Head to the Big Marsh on the south side on Thursday nights this summer. It’s a 1.2 mile circuit that includes singletrack, gravel and pavement. The first event is this Thursday, July 12. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Criterium Championships – Have a state championship in your goals for the season? Head to Bloomington for this fun and challenging course next weekend. The course features climbing, descending and a nice sweeper corner. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s no state title on the line, but there is a big prize list, so the race will draw fast fields. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Intelligentsia Cup – Chicago’s premier cycling event is coming up soon. It’s 10 days of racing throughout Chicago and suburbs. The courses and competition are always top-notch. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour de Fat

With the 4th of July holiday just days away, you’ll want to be sure to plan ahead to get in your favorite summer activity – cycling. There are lots of options to choose from, so whether you’re looking to race or just enjoy a pleasant ride, you’re covered. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland Continues – The race series continues today and through the end of the weekend. Tomorrow is the Downer Avenue Classic, which was once a course only raced by the pro men’s field and now is open to all fields! It’ll be hot out there, but there’s nothing better than warm weather and bike races! For details on all the races, click here.

Tour de Fat – It’s all about bikes, beer and music at this festival so if you’re looking for some summer fun that includes all of your favorites, be sure to attend Tour de Fat. For more information, click here.

Great Lakes State Classic RR & Meijer State Games TT – If you’re looking for something a little different this weekend and are willing to travel a few miles, head to Grand Rapids, Michigan for this event. All the action begins at the Berlin Raceway and extends out into the countryside for scenic and challenging courses. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Challenge – This two- day series on July 6th & 7th   is an annual event at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. It’s a great opportunity to compete in all your favorite track events, against some of the toughest competition in the country. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

4th of July Century – You know you’ll want to be on your bike on the 4th of July and if you’re looking to get in some miles, head to Plainfield for this holiday ride. You can choose from distances between 30 and 100 miles. For more information, click here.

WoMo Ride – It’s the July edition of this Chicago women’s ride. July’s ride will be led by the Chicago Women’s Elite team. As always, the ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride heads as far north as Highland Park and is no-drop ride. On the way home there’s an option for a more spirited return to the city as well. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Looking for a flat fast crit next weekend? Head north to the Agora complex near Madison for this inaugural event. For more information, click here.

Herscher 2-Person Time Trial – Grab your teammate and prepare for next weekend’s 2-person time trial. Share the work of covering the distance and get a great sense of accomplishment and cooperation. The event is 50K for most categories and 25K for some. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Glencoe Grand Prix

The heat has subsided today, but only in terms of the temperature. The racing scene in our area will be scorching hot this weekend with the Glencoe Grand Prix on Saturday and the Cobb Park Criterium on Sunday. This weekend also offers up some off-road with Dirt Days or time trialing with the Bong and a Half. Take your pick and head out the door. Check the listing below for details.

Events:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – In its 9th year, the Women’s Dirt Day’s series offers 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 to start the adventure. 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 come out tomorrow 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. Make it a two-for weekend and complete your weekend with Cobb Park. 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.

Track Cycling:

Ladies Night at Washington Park – This Tuesday is Ladies night at the velodrome in Kenosha. Women will be competing for larger payouts and some cool giveaways. For race information, click here.

2018 Illinois Master’s Championships – Calling all master’s track racers. Nationals are just over a month away and the state championships are the first stop in your season goals. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMO Ride – Join the ladies again on June 9th for the next edition of the WoMo ride. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7:30am and head north to Highland Park. This is a no-drop ride, but at the turnaround, the group may split to offer a more spirited ride back to the city.

Menomonee Falls Crit – This Wisconsin crit is located near Milwaukee, so it’s not too far. The course is located in a park and the race winds around the perimeter with only one technical corner. For more information, click here.

BTR Park Criterium – For a change of pace, another option would be to head to Kalamazoo, Michigan. The course is a 1.1 mile loop which includes three 90 degree turns and a few sweepers. If you’re looking for something fast and new, give this a try. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead :

Tour of America’s Dairyland – Get ready for eleven days of racing throughout Wisconsin beginning on June 21st. This event features great courses that racers have come to know and love. The competition will be fast and furious, so be sure to take part in some or all of the action. 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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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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