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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 New Year!

As we welcome in 2018, it’s a time to reflect on our 2017 season and set new goals for 2018. Will your goals include a major event, building for a strong season, or to use cycling as a means to enjoy pedaling outside and keeping fit? Be sure to set realistic but challenging goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Events:

Hot Soup for the Homeless – Start the New Year off on a good note by delivering soup to the homeless on your bike. You can join the group leading this charge in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, or take up the charge closer to your home. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Event #5 – Fat bike riding doesn’t get much better than snow-covered trail riding. With the current snowy conditions and the predicted future snowfall, next weekend will be a fun-fest. This edition of the Hugh Jass series is located at the New Fane mountain bike trails in northern Kettle Moraine. For more information, click here.

Cyclocross National Championships – For those with a 2017 goal that extends into 2018 with the Cyclocross National Championships, stay focused, the journey is almost complete! This year’s championships are being held in Reno, Nevada from January 9 through the 14th. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – The road season begins with the indoor time trial series put on by ABD Cycling. The first event is Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend & Happy New Year!

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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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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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