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Roller Coaster Weather

Roller Coaster

It’s been a roller-coaster week in the weather department with some crazy highs and lows, and it looks like the trend will continue. If you’ve continued to ride through the changes, you can certainly appreciate how amazing it is to pedal into the warm air after carefully bundling up and braving the cold. Soak up that heat before the chill returns and enjoy a great weekend of riding – indoors or outside!

Events:

Intent Multisport Indoor Time Trial Series Event #1 – Keep up the intensity by challenging yourself to an indoor time trial this weekend. This event will be held on Sunday in Woodridge and feature a 20K flat course. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Race #4 – The fat bike series heads to Kletzsch Park in Glendale, Wisconsin, which is a Milwaukee suburb. It’s a beautiful park with a small waterfall, which may be frozen on Sunday. Bundle up if you head north to race, it’s gonna be a cold one. For race information, click here.

New Year’s Social – SCVA – Join the South Side Velodrome Association at Revolution Brewing to toast a few pints and to raise funds for the velodrome. The event is on Sunday and will include a silent auction with items from some great local vendors. Do your part to help the velodrome continue to be part of Chicago. For event details, click here.

Coming up:

Winter Bike to Work Day & Winter Bike Challenge – Are you up to the challenge of commuting during the winter? Join other Chicagoans and the Active Transportation Alliance as they kick off this challenge with the Winter Bike to Work Day, which is next Friday, January 22. For details on all the events, click here.

Annual Women’s Dinner – Next Saturday, January 23rd, is the annual women’s dinner. It’s always a great time to catch up with your favorite racers and riders, enjoy an amazing dinner catered by Kathy Corbett and go home with an award reflective of your seasons accomplishments. The event will be held at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka at 6:30PM. For more information, and to rsvp, click on the Facebook link here.

Have a great weekend!

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Team Time Trial

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Last evening was the last night of racing for the Ed Rudolph velodrome 2015 season. It was a celebration of a successful season that included food, fun and racing. There was even an Officials race between Carl and Heidi, which had a spectacular finish! Although this brings to close the summer track season, there’s still so much ahead. Check the listings below for local events.

Events:

ABR 4 Person Team Time Trial –This is one of the most challenging and rewarding events around. You’ll ride your heart out, but it will all be for a team effort. Efficiency is key, so practice cornering and plan ahead to conquer the wind. For race information, click here.

Rapha Pop-Up- Chicago – Things are rolling on with the Rapha Pop Up! Join the weekly rides on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s through the 22nd. There are also a few extra rides, so check the schedule for updates. This week on the events agenda, there’s the Women’s Roundtable/Brunch/Ride on Sunday and the viewing party for Cross Vegas on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on all the fun. For information on all the events, click here.

Coming Up:

Chi-cross Cup Series Race #1 –Ready or not, here we go! Chicago’s cross season begins with the Caldwell Woods course, located on the north side of the city. Once the site of great winter tobogganing fun, it’s now a great cross course. There’s everything from hills, off camber turns, tight corners and long power sections. It’ll be a great place to get the season underway. For race information, click here.

Lake Geneva Cross – Wisconsin also has a great series of cross races and if you’re looking to get out of town, this might be just what you’re looking for. The course will challenge you with grass, sand, gravel, pavement and hills. What else could you ask for?! For race details, click here.

Northshore Century – It’s not quite fall, but it is September and time for the annual Northshore Century. This is a local favorite amongst racers and casual riders alike. You can gear up to ride 25, 50, 62 or a full century. Don’t miss out on this fully supported and fun event. For ride information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend

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Time flies when you’re having fun and we’ve had a lot of fun during this summer cycling season. And, although we’re heading into fall, there’s still so much ahead. This weekend is all about the road scene and in a few weeks we’ll begin the transition into cross and other fun fall events. See the listings below for what’s happening nearby.

Events:

Gateway Cup – There’s a hot weekend of racing ahead in St. Louis. The four day series kicks off today with the classic nighttime race in Lafayette Square. It’s a four corner crit, which is made a bit more challenging by the shadows in-between the darkness and light! The other three races are all in historic areas around St Louis, but become a bit more technical and challenging as the days go on. For information on all the races, click here.

Rapha Pop-Up – Yesterday was the grand opening of the Rapha Pop Up –Chicago and it was a hit! But, the fun continues with great events and rides throughout the month of September. The rides will be on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s with a few extra sprinkled throughout the month. This week’s events include 5×5 Intervals and a Women’s Brunch and Roundtable. For details on all the events, click here.

MATTS Finale TT – This time trial course in Harvard, Illinois, is used a few times during the racing season. The roads are pretty pristine for the early part of the course, but are a little bumpy before the turnaround. The course, at 34.7K is a little shy of the standard 40K, but it’s a local favorite. It’s the final in the MATT’s series, so if you’re in the running, you better be there! For race information, click here.

 

Track Events:

Closing Night & Cookout –The points have all been tallied, but there’s still racing ahead and it’s just for fun. They’ll have some typical races, but they’ll also toss in a few fun ones like the track stand competition and an official’s race. Come out to race, enjoy the cookout and celebrate the end of another successful season. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR 4 Person Team Time Trial –This is one of the most challenging and rewarding events around. You’ll ride your heart out, but it will all be for a team effort. Efficiency is key, so practice cornering and plan ahead to conquer the wind. For race information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Midwest Challenge

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You might think the Midwest Challenge is having to deal with this miserable weather, but that’s not quite it. We may still be challenged by the weather, but we’re hoping things will clear up in enough time to get the track races underway in Indianapolis for the Midwest Challenge. Read on ahead for details on the road and track cycling events in our area.

Events:

Wisconsin State Criterium Championships – You may not be from Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t compete in their championship races (you just can’t be awarded the championship). Located southwest of Milwaukee, this 8 corner crit course is flat and fast. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Midwest Challenge- It’s a weekend full of high caliber track racing this weekend in Indianapolis. There are both mass start and timed events. For event details, click here.

Illinois & Wisconsin Junior State Track Championships – The junior track championships for both Illinois and Wisconsin will be held next weekend at the Ed Rudolph velodrome in Northbrook. There should be plenty of competition and larger fields of riders. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series begins Thursday, June 18. There are 11 stages throughout the state, which draw riders from around the country and beyond. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Scarlet Fire 30KTT – Located in Garden Prairie, this time trial course is a little rangy, but nothing too technical. For details on the event, click here.

Set a Goal:

Wolfgang Freitag 50K 2 Person TT – Plan ahead, find a partner and practice up for the upcoming 2 person time trial on Sunday, July 12. It’s a different effort than an individual time trial, but working with a teammate can be extremely rewarding. For details on the upcoming event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Glencoe Grand Prix & Illinois State Criterium Championships

 

GGP ClinicThere’s no shortage of excitement this weekend with a USA Crits Championship race tomorrow and the Illinois State Criterium Championship on Sunday. Toss in some crazy weather and we’re in for a wild ride! Have fun!!

 

Events:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –Our final Development series clinic is this evening. We’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional cycling team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at tomorrow’s Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held at Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh Park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium I – Saturday will be the first in a series of sprint tournaments at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Racing begins at 9AM. For event information, click here.

Madison Races – The main event in this coming Thursday’s lineup is the Madison. The race is a team event, where riders take turns being in field through a hand sling exchange. It’s always exciting and even more fun to watch. Racing begins at 6:45PM each Thursday evening during the summer at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbook.

Coming Up:

Tour of Galena – It’s the only stage race anywhere close to home, so it’s a great opportunity for racers to experience the challenge of a multi-day/stage cycling event. The courses are challenging and have a fair amount of climbing in scenic Galena. You can go for the overall or compete in each stage independently. For race information, click here.

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race –Our neighbors to the north have some great road race courses and this weekend is no different. Located about 30 miles north of Lake Geneva, this 7.5 mile loop has some spectacular scenery and the climbing is not too crazy. For race details, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Event #2 –Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker, or just beginning, this series is perfect to get out and have fun on the trails in a non-competitive environment. Event #2 will be held at the Kettle, setting off from the John Muir trailhead. For more information, click here.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Road Racing Begins

We’ve got the luck of the Irish on our side this week with some great weather for the foreseeable future! You can head out the door with a layer or two and feel the wind flow over your face without the fear of frostbite! If you’ve been itching to get outside, this is your opportunity!

Events:

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 –Women’s weekend has kicked off Friday at Ray’s in Milwaukee. Events include coaching by pro mountain bikers, and there are women specific specials all weekend. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor TT Series Event #4 – This is the last indoor race for this series (the final race in the series will be held outside on April 12). The challenge for this week is to keep the pressure on the pedals on this downhill course. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #1 –The outdoor road racing season begins this Sunday with this classic Wisconsin series. The course is not too technical and if you’re looking to get a jump on your competition, this series is a great option. For details on the series, click here.

Coming Up:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The final Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer series event is next Friday. The courses are relatively short, so it’s an all-out effort. It’s a light-hearted atmosphere and a perfect way to start your weekend. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join he Wheeling Wheelmen for their annual spring ride. Ride options include 16, 20 and 36 mile routes in scenic Wauconda, IL. For event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #2 –It’s round #2 in this spring series. Will you be looking to correct the mistakes made in race #1 or add to your success in the overall? It’s a great series and if you’re looking for a tune-up before the main season, these races are a great option. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great day!!

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! Time to reflect back on our accomplishments of the past year and set goals for the new. 2014 was a good year for women in cycling. We made big strides in seeing more equitable opportunities for women in our sport. Some success stories of 2014 are the documentary by Kathyrn Bertine, “Half the Road”, and the one day women’s race included in the Tour de France, La Course by Tour de France. Locally, there has been a big push for race promoters to have equal payouts for women, many responding favorably to the challenge.

While we’ve made great strides for women in sport, we have a long way to go. Make doing your part to keep the momentum going included your goals. There are some amazing plans underway in our community, so be ready to jump in and have fun!

Coming Up:

Cyclo-cross National Championships – Many of our fellow Chicagoland cyclo-cross racers are heading to Austin, Texas to participate in this year’s Cyclo-cross National Championships. Competition starts on January 7th and continues through the 11th. Good luck to all participating and lets bring back a few stars and stripes jerseys. For details on the event, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on cycling equipment or gear? Or, are you looking to unload some gear to get something new? The Chicago Winter Bike Swap is the perfect opportunity to manage all your cycling equipment and gear needs. The event will be held at Harper College on Saturday, January 17th. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Dinner- Don’t miss out on all the fun at this year’s event.  It’s a great time to catch up with all your cycling friends – without lycra and a helmet! This event is open to all women cyclists. Whether you’re a commuter, triathlete, bike racer or want to get into the sport, this event is all about you! Details are as follows:

 

Location:              Leigh Thompson’s home at 500 Sunset Road, Winnetka, IL

Date:                     Saturday, January 24

Time:                     7PM

Cost:                      $30.00, which includes dinner and awards

Other:                   Dinner will be catered by Kathy Corbett. There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Event is BYOB.

RSVP:                    Reply to this e-mail or see the link in next week’s post for a Facebook event.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

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