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.
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.
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.
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!