The temps have dipped a little lower this week and it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall. These mild temps are perfect for enjoying all kinds of riding and that’s what’s offered up this weekend. From road to cross to gravel, you’re covered. Check the listings below for options.
Jingle Cross – The second weekend of World Cup Cyclo-cross racing in the Midwest is Jingle Cross in Iowa City. Don’t be confused by the name, it was once held Thanksgiving weekend, but with riders from around the world coming to the Midwest for Trek CX, they moved up the race to make it worth their while for the travel. Don’t miss all the excitement as riders battle it out on the course and on the fan favorite Mt. Krumpit. For more information, click here.
Fall Fling Continues – The series continues with a brand new criterium course on Saturday in Geneva. The course features straight-aways, corners and curves, in a loop that’s just shy of a mile! Sunday is the time trial in Maple Park. It’s a 9.5 mile course with two 180 degree turnarounds. For more information, click here.
ILL Kanza – Ready for another gravel adventure? Head to Kansas, Illinois on Saturday. You can choose from ride distances of 22 to 72 miles of gravel, rolling hills and scenic wooded areas. For more information, click here.
Half Acre’s CX Eliminator – Held at Big Marsh Bike Park, this race begins with a non-elimination race for each group, which sets up the seeding for rounds of elimination heats. It’ll be a lighthearted, but competitive event. They’ll also have Specialized demo bikes a Taco Truck and more! For more information, click here.
Apple Cider Century – Head out to Three Oaks, Michigan on Sunday for one of the Midwest’s largest cycling events. There are seven ride routes between 15 and 100 miles, with opportunities to add on or shorten along the way. Upon completion of the event, enjoy apple cider and a pasta dinner. For more information, click here.
Mongo Cross – If you’re looking for a great course with a local feel, head to McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.
Pumpkin Cross – Looking for the complete fall festival? Head out to Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin. 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. This city park has several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. For more information, click here.
Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking to build miles in the late season, head to Aroma Park next Sunday. It’s a mostly flat 10.9 mile loop which will be used to cover distances of 54.5 to 119.9 miles, depending on your category. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend.