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.
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.
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.
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.
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!