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Mongo Cross

We’re still having incredible weather heading into our second week of October. There are a few showers forecasted for this weekend, which may be to the delight of many cross racers, as it may create a mud factor. Rain or not, there’s another great weekend ahead to get out and enjoy being outside. Check the listings below for cycling opportunities.

Events:

Mongo CX – If you’ve ever seen the movie “Blazing Saddles”, your mind will immediately shift to the loveable burly character when you see the name of this race. I’m not sure if there’ll be a Mongo sighting, but, if you’re looking for something other than the local race scene, this may be the race for you. The race is located in McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Cross – Head to Grafton, Wisconsin if you’re looking for the complete fall festival cross package. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins! For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – This week the race series heads to the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s south side. For an urban setting, this little oasis provides several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. Last year the promoters also introduced a man-made “moat” that provided a bit of water and mud for the racers and plenty of entertainment for spectators. We’ll have to wait and see what’s dreamed up for this year’s course. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

UCI World Master’s Championships – Track season is over for most, but there’s no rest for the master’s field with the world track championships. This year and next, the United States has the honor of hosting the event, so there’ll be a strong turnout of local talent. The races will run Sunday to Sunday with a lot of action packed excitement contained in the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ichabod Cross – This is the first race in a two-day weekend series in Beardstown, which is near Springfield. Friday’s race is a nighttime event that’ll keep your blood pumping as you race away from shapes and shadows in the dark. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Hop Cross – Day two is in the daylight so you won’t be running from things lurking in the dark, but the promoters will test you with their course design that includes two flyovers and two sand pits. Day two also includes a relay category for a little extra team fun. For more information, click here.

Fitchrona Cross Omnium – If you’re looking for more than two days of racing, you’ll need to head to the Madison area next weekend for three solid days of racing. Friday’s  race is under the lights at McGaw Park. Saturday the series moves to Verona for Badger Cross. Finally, Sunday’s race moves back to Fitchburg’s McGaw Park to wrap up the weekend. You can go for the overall, or just pick and choose which days to race.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – It’s location #3 for the Carpentersville course. This year the race will be held at the former Woodland Elementary school. Since it’s a new venue, the course will be a surprise, but certainly a good one! For more information, 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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Illinois State Championships

We’re getting to the final stages of the road and track season and the state championship events are coming fast and furious. If you’re looking to collect a jersey or two, the next few weeks will be busy! If you’re looking to just get out and ride with friends, you’ve got that, too! Check below for a few riding options and get out and have fun!

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships – It’s the first time we’ve raced on this course in 2017, but for those who have been racing for a few years, this course is well-known. It’s the south course in Wood Dale’s industrial park, which is not-too technical, but still perfect for a fast crit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truth, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The days will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin and Scratch Race Championships –With last night’s Elaine Nekritz and Roger Delange races being rained out, next Thursday will be a BIG night in Northbrook. They’re combining the state scratch races and keirin championships on the same night, as we are running close to the end of the season. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – Head south next weekend for racing in the St Louis area. This race features a flat and fast seven corner, figure eight course and plenty of prize money. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium. This year’s race will be held on the summit hill course. It’s a four corner crit with a pinchy little climb on the backside and a slight downhill that leads to the start/finish. There are both USAC and ABR sanctioned races and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial & Wisconsin State Championship – This course is all about right turns! It’s a slightly hilly loop around the Bong Recreational Park in southern Wisconsin. This is the final Bong event for the season, with two laps and a distance of 40K. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

There’s just about every kind of cycling event this weekend. Whether you’re looking for a road event, something on the track or even something off-road, this weekend you’re good-to-go! Let’s hope Mother Nature behaves and doesn’t lead us on roller coaster ride. The cooler temps are fine, but let’s hope the wind and rain stay far away. Check the list below for your favorite ride options.

Events:

Countryside Criterium – This race brings crit racing back to the local level. It’ll still be fast and furious, but it’ll be close to home and the field will be made up of mostly local friends. Head out to Countryside for a four corner crit that’ll be fun to race and easy to get to. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Ride #4 – The ladies will head back to Palos for a fun-filled day on the trails. For anyone looking to race the Meltdown on Sunday, this will be a perfect opportunity to check out the trails and get a good mental picture for the next day. For ride information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K Time Trial – Looking for a time trial that’s flat, fast and has sweeping corners to keep your speed high? Head out to Harvard, Illinois and your wish will be granted! For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – In its 11th year, the Palos Meltdown offers up a great mountain bike race with both technical and flowy sections. Race hard and stick around for a fun and festive afternoon at the trails. For race information, click here.

Two Rivers Road Race – There aren’t too many opportunities to do road races in our area, but this one is always on the calendar. The course is flat, so your climbing abilities aren’t required. However, there always seems to be plenty of cross winds, so knowing how to manage yourself in the peloton is key. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Central States Masters Track Weekend – Head north to Kenosha’s Washington Bowl for a full line-up of track racing at the master’s level. Races include all timed, team and sprint events. There will also be one mass start 10K Points race. For more information, click here.

Roger DeLange & Elaine Nekritz Races – It’s going to be a big night at the Ed Rudolph track this coming Thursday with the Delange and Nekritz races on tap. Besides the honor of having your name on the trophy, the races will also double as the Illinois State Scratch race championships. For race details, click here.

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held next Saturday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The day will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truths, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour of Little Switzerland

After several weeks of intense racing on the road, this weekend offers a little reprieve – unless you head north. Your local options include track racing, a group ride, of which there are many, or the trails. Whatever you choose, the sun will be shining and the temps will be perfect for a great weekend outside.

Events:

Tour of Little Switzerland – Exciting road racing continues this weekend with a three stage omnium in New Glarus, Wisconsin. The two day event includes a time trial, road race and criterium. The series will put your climbing legs to the test, as the area is known for its hills. After the racing, you can take in some of the beautiful scenery and maybe even enjoy a local beer. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships will be held at the Ed Rudolph velodrome tomorrow. Events will include all timed and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Countryside Criterium – This race brings crit racing back to the local level. It’ll still be fast and furious, but it’ll be close to home and the field will be made up of mostly local friends. Head out to Countryside for a four corner crit that’ll be fun to race and easy to get to. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Ride #4 – The ladies will head back to Palos for a fun-filled day on the trails. For anyone looking to race the Meltdown on Sunday, this will be a perfect opportunity to check out the trails and get a good mental picture for the next day. For ride information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K Time Trial – Looking for a time trial that’s flat, fast and has sweeping corners to keep your speed high? Head out to Harvard, Illinois and your wish will be granted! For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – In its 11th year, the Palos Meltdown offers up a great mountain bike race with both technical and flowy sections. Race hard and stick around for a fun and festive afternoon at the trails. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Cycling Fun

Summer fun moves folks from indoors to the great outdoors. Cities and towns seem to come alive with activities bringing people together. This weekend is great example of communities being brought together with music, food and of course, bike riding. There’s so much to be a part of and the weather is just grand! Check below for a few options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – The series continues with the final three races in Elmhurst, Lake Bluff and Chicago. Elmhurst and Lake Bluff are relatively technical crit courses. Both races loop in the community for a big neighborhood festival. Sunday’s final race in Chicago is a somewhat basic four corner crit and has a bit of an industrial feel. For event details, click here.

Venus de Miles – This all-women’s ride is on Saturday. You can choose from a fully supported 25 or 60 mile route. The event includes lunch and lots of pampering upon your return. Proceeds go to Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here. Use the promo code ShareTheLove and receive a $7.00 discount.

Kirkie Vei Time Trial– This 20K time trial in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin is unlike the previous week’s flat course. This course includes rolling hills, ninety degree turns and a few good straight-aways. For race information, click here.

WBR Grand Fondo – Summer fun includes bike riding, baseball and barbeque, and you’ll get all three when you participate in the WBR Grand Fondo! The ride will depart from Wilmette and head north to Kenosha. There you’ll be treated to a baseball game and barbeque! The event is on Sunday, and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 – Join the Chicago edition of this global ride on Sunday. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse in Wicker Park and head to the North Shore for a 100K loop. For ride details, click here.

Bikes & Beer Ride – It’s a special edition of BFF’s Bike’s to Beer series. This Sunday, join a group departing from BFF bikes as they head down to the Goose Island Grand Prix, the final race in the Intelligentsia Cup series. For ride information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Madison Night – The Madison is one of the most exciting track races for both riders and spectators. It’s teams of two competing in a points race. Teammates swap places in the race by a hand sling, giving one rider relief and the other getting into the race. Come out and see what it’s all about. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Master’s Championships – Next weekend the Illinois State Master’s track championships will be held at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Events will include all timed events, match sprints and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Crits – The final event in this series is on Tuesday evening. One more chance to hone your crit skills and go for hot dog status in the local peloton. Get your warm-up in riding south to the course instead of battling the traffic and you’ll be set to tear it up in the race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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