Category Archives: Trail Rides

Tour of America’s Dairyland

The summer fun continues as we head into a major racing block and the commuter challenge. There’s a bit of rain in the upcoming forecast, but hopefully we can dodge most of that during ride time. Get out and soak up the sun on your bicycle! Check the listings below for local options.

Events:

Commuter Challenge – Do you commute on a regular basis or wish you did more often? Use the commuter challenge as motivation to put in more miles or see how well you stack up against others in this light-hearted competition. The kickoff for this event was this morning with a rally in Daly plaza. If you haven’t signed up, no worries! It’s not too late to take part in this competition which spans from June 16th through June 30th. For more information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The eleven day series kicked off yesterday in Kenosha with the Food Folks and Spokes criterium. This Midwestern series has become a local favorite, but also draws riders from around the country for some fabulous competition and great venues. For details on the series, click here.

Bikes to Beer Ride – The Father’s Day edition of this ride heads to Revolution Brewing. The ride will depart at noon from BFF Bikes and head to Logan Square for a brewery tour. For event information, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K Time Trial – This time trial is located in Garden Prairie. The course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. The key variable for this course will be the wind, or lack thereof. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – The series continues through June 25th with some amazing courses, including Saturday’s famed Downer Ave. It’s like a rolling festival that includes food, family fun and bike racing! For details on the series, click here.

Hot Dog Crits Event #3 –It’s the third and final event of this weekday criterium series, which is designed to give riders an opportunity to practice racing skills. The events are low-cost and the rewards are experience and the potential bragging rights, or hot dog status. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #3 – Event #2 was cancelled due to conditions created by the weather, but the third event is on target for Thursday, June 29th. Be a part of this weekday, off-road series which is a little like crit racing in the dirt. It’s fast and it’s fun and it’s located on the south side of the city. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

 

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Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend is the unofficial start to summer, but it’s also a time to remember the brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Their bravery allows us to enjoy the freedom we sometimes take for granted. As we venture out this weekend to take part whatever our hearts desire, take a moment to think of those who have made it possible.

Events:

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend – This three day series is a favorite for master’s racers wanting to stay close to home for the holiday weekend, but still have the chance to race. This year, the event will be held in West Chicago (site of the Fall Fling series). For event information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Series – This series has a long history in the Midwest. There are four days of racing, beginning on today with the Burlington Road Race. Saturday’s Snake Alley Criterium is a specialty racers event with the climb up the twisty brick road. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which makes a big loop around a park, climbing and descending each lap, with a bonus speed bump at the bottom of the decent. Monday’s Quad Cities Criterium course has changed over the years, and is now features elevation changes to add a degree of difficulty to the race. For information on all four events in the series, click here.

Palymyra Road Race – If you’re looking to do some climbing, this is a road race course for you. Unlike the gentle tree-lined course from the previous week, this one is more exposed and has more elevation changes. If you’re looking for a challenging road course, this may be the one for you. For more information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking to get out and ride, but in a non-competitive environment? Make your way to Bike the Drive ride on Sunday. You’ll have the chance to ride up and down Lakeshore Drive, which is a spectacular treat! For more information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Head just a little north of Milwaukee to take part in this holiday weekend criterium. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

National Track Day – USA Cycling has designated June 3 as National Track Day. If you’re in Colorado, you can head to the Olympic Training Center for an introduction to track cycling. Locally, the Washington Park Velodrome will be joining in the celebration and offering a day of clinics and racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #1 – If you’re into mountain biking, but also love the thrill and speed of criterium racing, you’ll love this short track series. The events will be held on Thursday’s at Big Marsh on the south side of the city. For event information, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – Up to this point we’ve had some great local races. The GGP is local, but it attracts heavy hitters from around the country! The course is equally impressive with technical turns and changes in elevation. For event information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This is a fun and technical course located in Kankakee. The course sweeps along the Kankakee River and then heads back through some neighborhood streets for twists and turns. The course has been host to many famous riders over the years, including Tour de France riders. For event information, click here.

Apache 20 & 40K Time Trial/Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Attention time trial specialists! Head out to Paw Paw Paw, Illinois for your chance to win a state championship title. The out and back course is challenging. It features a slight grade and hills which will test your mental and physical fitness. For more information, click here.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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Lincoln Park Criterium

It’s spring in Chicago, and with that comes a bit of unpredictability with the weather. Since the weatherman has been a bit off in his forecasts this week, I’m going to assume that’ll continue through the weekend. Let’s be optimistic and confident that our weekend riding and racing plans will go on without rain interference. There’s so many riding opportunities this weekend. Check the listings below for an event fit for you.

Events:

Project Echelon Time Based Omnium – If you’re prepping for a stage race, this event is perfect for you. It has four stages in three days, accumulating time with each event. There are two time trials and two circuit races. You can opt to compete in the overall/omnium or enter each race separately – your choice! For event information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a springtime favorite in the Chicago racing scene. It’s so close to home and has a unique course that includes a hairpin turn. Make plans to come out tomorrow! For more information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – The dirt day’s series is starting up again and for their first adventure into the woods, they’ll begin at the Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail. This is a great ride series that is for mountain bike riders of all levels. Try out mountain biking or try out a new trail with this group. The event has been moved to tomorrow, but be sure to check for the latest updates on the Facebook site. For event information and updates, click here.

Cheesehead Roubaix – Still looking for another epic gravel ride before the road season gets in full swing? Head north to Newburg, Wisconsin for a 63 mile ride that features 10 miles of dirt and gravel in addition to climbing. The event is free, but donations to the Newburg Fire Department are suggested. For event information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – The Monday night training sessions at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome have started up again. These training sessions provide structure and skills training and you’ll get a great workout. If you’re new to track racing and/or looking to upgrade, these are perfect for you. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo AR Ride – It’s round two of this Monday women’s recovery ride. If you’re looking to shake out the legs after a tough weekend of workouts or racing, or just want to catch a ride with some great cycling ambassadors, this ride is for you. The group departs from the Dunkin Donuts at 5723 N. California at 6PM. For ride details, click here.

Wednesday Night Training Criteriums – If you’re out in the western suburbs on Wednesday evenings, join in the practice crits. The course is a large oval with one turn, so it’s not technical and good for beginners and experienced racers alike. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s another opportunity to get in some great training/racing if you’re planning on competing in a stage race. This event features a time trial, road race and a criterium, and since it’s an omnium you have the choice of racing for the overall or each race individually. It’s a bit of a hike to LaCrosse, so plan ahead. For event information, click here.

Monsters of the Midway – This race is definitely a Chicago spring classic. This race is held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is not technical, but features long straightaways and wide open corners. The big challenge is always the wind that comes in from the lake. It’s close to home and it’s always fun, so be sure to take part. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

The events are lining up as we move through April and edge closer to the summer racing season. This weekend we also get our first taste of the track for the season with the Women’s Clinic on Saturday. Check the listings below for local cycling options.

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – We’re all set for the women’s track clinic tomorrow. Come out and learn all about riding a fixed gear bike and riding on a velodrome. The clinic is geared towards beginners and is held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For event details, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This is a classic race course for Wisconsin. Often the course is used for this spring race, and then again in the summer. It’s just over a mile and loops around a park. There’s climbing, descending and soft corners. For race information, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – This is a fun but challenging course. It offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. Set your course marker this spring and then plan to test yourself again late summer. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This course is quite similar to Whitnall Park. The course is a loop around a park and features climbing and descending with a sweeping turn. It’s one of my favorites, so it is certainly worth a try! For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Practice Crits – You’ll feel like a hot dog racer after you get in plenty of practice racing. Take part in this weekday evening race series held on April 27, May 23 and June 27. The course is located at 87th and Lakeshore and it features 1/3 mile straightaways and two 180 degree turns. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This has become a spring favorite in the Chicago racing scene. It’s so close to home and has a unique course that includes a hairpin turn. Make plans to come out on Saturday, April 29. For more information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #1 – The dirt day’s series is starting up again and for their first adventure into the woods, they’ll begin at the Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail. This is a great ride series that is for mountain bike riders of all levels. Try out mountain biking or try out a new trail with this group. For more information, click here.

Cheesehead Roubaix – Still looking for another epic gravel ride before the road season gets in full swing? Head north to Newburg, Wisconsin for a 63 mile ride that features 10 miles of dirt and gravel in addition to climbing. The event is free, but donations to the Newburg Fire Department are suggested. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

WoMo AR Ride – Round two of this Monday women’s recovery ride. If you’re looking to shake out the legs after a tough weekend of workouts or racing, or just want to catch a ride with some great cycling ambassadors, this ride is for you. The group departs from the Dunkin Donuts at 5723 N. California at 6PM. For ride details, click here.

Monsters of the MidwayThis race is definitely a Chicago spring classic. This race is held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is not technical, but features long straightaways and wide open corners. The big challenge is always the wind that comes in from the lake. It’s close to home and it’s always fun, so be sure to take part. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships

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We’ve got another warmup this weekend with temps reaching the mid-forties. There may not be any local races, but the group rides should be in full swing! Enjoy this md-winter heat wave and get outside and enjoy.

Events: 

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – You’ll have to travel a bit to race this weekend, but there’s fun in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday with this three hour challenge. The goal is to complete as many laps as you can in three hours. You can compete as solo rider or get a team of three together to share the effort. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture feature will be a Round Table Discussion on Bike Fit with Velosmith’s Tony Bustamante and Rachel Wills presenting. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships – The Northbrook Cycle Committee’s having a fundraiser, but you’ll have to muscle-up to do your part! It’s an indoor sprint competition which will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm at Chrome Chicago. For more information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for next weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp over these winter months and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Winter Bike Swap

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The conditions are favorable for riding outside this weekend. For those looking for an adventure on the trails, there’s still a bit of snow and enough cold to keep it for Saturday, if you head north. Around town the chill will ease as the weekend rolls on, so with a dry road, you’re free to roll! There’s a sampling of cycling related events headed our way. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. Proceeds from the race go to funding the trail system, so it’s a feel-good/fun event! For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm on Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha’s February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture is on Cross Training. Newt Cole of Morningbird Studio will be on hand to talk about training for cyclists. The event will be held at the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

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The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympics are this evening and the competition we’ve been waiting for will finally take place! Although there are many sports we’ll all enjoy, we might focus just a little more on cycling. The Road events will take place on August 6, 7 and 10. Track racing will take place on August 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Mountain Biking will take place on August 17, 18 and 19. Get ready to cheer on your favorite athletes! There are several ways to view all the events, for a helpful guide, click here.

There may be a lot of action in Brazil, but there’s still plenty to do in your own back yard. Check below for a listing of local events.

Events:

Couri Insurance Omnium – Here’s one more stage race to add to your calendar. It’s located just west of Milwaukee, so it’s not too far to travel. There are four stages in three days. Events include two time trials and two circuit races. For race information, click, here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #4 – It’s the super-charged Dirt Day event at Palos this Saturday. In conjunction with the Palos Meltdown festival, there’ll be a bike demo, so you can try out the latest and greatest machines. There’ll also be a CAMBr skills clinic, which will be great to improve your technical abilities. And, there will be riding with a great group of ladies on the trails. It’ll be a super-fun day, so don’t miss out! For information on the event, click here.

Mass Ave Criterium – Looking to keep rolling with the thrill of fast criterium racing? Head to Indy for this downtown race, which is building up to be an event not to miss. For race information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – Attention all mountain bikers. Take part in the 10th annual mountain bike race at Palos. It’s a short drive from the city and it features some great flowy and technical terrain. For race information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K TT – If you’re looking for a fast time trial course, this is for you. It’s flat and fast, with only two sweeping corners. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Masters Nationals – Masters track cyclists from around the country are headed to Indianapolis to race in this year’s track nationals. The events begin on Tuesday and run through Sunday. For a full list of events, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw next Sunday. You can compete in age group or category fields. Racers will cover either 20K or 40K, depending on age. The roads are smooth and have some rolling terrain. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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