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WoMo Ride – June Edition

It’ll be a mild weather weekend, but one where we may have to dodge a few raindrops! The racing scene is a bit local this weekend and there are a few non-competitive options as well. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

WoMO Ride – The ladies from the Union Cycling team will be leading this month’s edition of the WoMo ride. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago tomorrow at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. From there, the group will 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. For more information, click here.

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.

Bicycle Club of Lake County Ramble – Looking for a scenic ride this weekend? Head over the border for the Ramble, which offers ride routes of varying distances between 25 and 100. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

2018 Illinois Master’s Championships – Calling all master’s track racers. Nationals are just a month away and the state championships are the first stop in your season goals. Head out to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome tomorrow for a full day of timed events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bike to Work Challenge – The bike to work challenge begins next Friday and if you’re looking something to motivate and inspire you, this is it! Join a team, log your miles and pedal away. For details on the event, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland – Get ready for eleven days of racing throughout Wisconsin beginning on June 21st. This event features 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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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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Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and a time to celebrate women. Hopefully your celebration includes a solid workout followed by a little pampering. There are plenty of ride options this weekend, so whether you’re looking for a big challenge or something a little more low-key, there’s something just for you. Check the listings below for a few local options.

Events:

CycloFemme Chicago Rides – CycloFemme is a global celebration of women, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future. This year’s theme is RIDE Together, RISE Together . Two Chicago rides were scheduled for you to join in. The details are below.

  • Friday, May 11, join the Rapha Women’s Ride, which departs from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 6:30am.The ride ends at the WBR/SRAM office for breakfast. To register, click here.
  • Saturday, May 12, meet at Foster and the Lake front path at 7am for a short Ride to Yoga for Cyclists Class in Rogers Park. To register, click here.

 

Region Riot Criterium – Stay close to home for your crit action this weekend. The race is located in Hammond, Indiana and the 1.3 mile loop is flat and fast. For more information, click here.

 

Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event information, click here.

 

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another opportunity for a multi-day/race omnium series. This one is a little further north, but offers races in all three disciplines. Saturday offers an 8 mile Eddy Merxck style time trial. Later that day the road race will go off. It’s a 14 mile circuit and the distance depends on the category. On Sunday, they’ll have a 6 corner criterium to complete the series. For more information, click here.

 

Track Cycling:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – Track season got off to a great start last night – and with blistering speeds! This coming week the category 5 men get an opportunity to race in the Thursday night program. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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.

Plan Ahead – Memorial Day Weekend!

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Race Series – If you can participate in master 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.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Monsters of the Midway

We’re finally experiencing some spring-like temperatures and just in time! The events are coming fast and furious and with something for everyone. Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

LaCrosse Omnium – This race series begins today and continues through Sunday. The events include a 2.4 mile time trial up Grandads Bluff – ouch! A road race on a 13.6 mile loop, the distance depends on the race category. The final race is a flat and fast criterium in downtown Lacrosse. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – If you were unable to attend the clinic at Northbrook or if you want to try out another track, attend this women-only clinic at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. For more information, click here.

Number Pick-up – Avoid the rush on opening night and head out to the track on Monday to pick up your annual race number and then stick around to socialize with your fellow trackies. For more information, click here.

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – That’s right, track cycling season is here! The first night of racing is this coming Thursday and racing will continue each Thursday through September 6. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

CycloFemme Chicago Rides – CycloFemme is a global celebration of women, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future. This year’s theme is RIDE Together, RISE Together . There are two Chicago rides for you to join in. The details are below.

  • Friday, May 11, join the Rapha Women’s Ride, which departs from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 6:30am.The ride ends at the WBR/SRAM office for breakfast. To register, click here.
  • Saturday, May 12, meet at Foster and the Lake front path at 7am for a short Ride to Yoga for Cyclists Class in Rogers Park. To register, click here.

 

Harvard 33.3K Time Trial – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For event information, click here.

 

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another opportunity for a multi-day/race omnium series. This one is a little further north, but offers races in all three disciplines. Saturday offers an 8 mile Eddy Merxck style time trial. Later that day the road race will go off. It’s a 14 mile circuit and the distance depends on the category. On Sunday, they’ll have a 6 corner criterium to complete the series. For more information, click here.

 

Plan Ahead:

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.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Ride

 

There’s still a slight chill in the air, but with plenty of sunshine and a jacket, being outside is the best place to be. This weekend kicks off the monthly women’s ride, and there’s also plenty of racing close to home. Make the best of the weekend and enjoy the great outdoors! Check below for a listing of local events.

Events:

WoMo Ride #1 – The first women’s ride is this Saturday. The group will be departing from the Rapha store at 1514 N Milwaukee at 7:30am and they’ll make a pickup at 8am at Pratt & Ridge. From there the group will head north to Highland Park. If you’re looking for a nice group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Muskego Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – It’s the course with a funny name, but it’s a great spot for time trials. The course is one loop around the Bong Recreational Center, which is 20K. There are a few rollers, but it’s all right turns and no crossing intersections. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics Event #1 – First up in the crosstown classic series is the Lincoln Park Criterium. The course is known for its hairpin turn and the wind that blows in from the lake. It’s a great event to get your season rolling. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaCrosse Omnium – This event is a little like a stage race, but unlike a stage race, you can opt to race every day or select the race or races you want. The series starts of next Friday with a 2.4 mile time trial up Grandads Bluff – ouch! Saturday features a road race on a 13.6 mile loop, the amount of loops depends on the race category. The final race is on Sunday and it’s a flat and fast criterium in downtown Lacrosse. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – If you were unable to attend last week’s clinic at Northbrook or if you want to try out another track, attend this women-only clinic at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome Opening Night – That’s right, track cycling season is here! The first night of racing is Thursday May 10 and will continue each Thursday through September 6. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

Let’s hope for an overachieving weather weekend. The forecast is promising, but since we’ve had to tolerate the winter-like weather the past few weeks, we can certainly hope for something a little better. There are plenty of cycling options this weekend, check below for details.

Events:

Women’s Track Clinic – If you’re curious about fixed gear bikes and riding or racing on a velodrome, this clinic will provide you with all you need to get started. There are loaner bikes available, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try! The clinic will be held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome tomorrow. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is Barry Roubaix and racers are set to go tomorrow morning. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This classic crit course is a loop around a park near Milwaukee. It has a fun and fast descent with a tighter than 90 degree at the bottom before it flattens out. There is a two-step climb and a rolling finish. Whether you’ve raced on this course before or not, it’s a favorite and should be on your list of must-do events! For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer – The next bike to beer ride is on Sunday. The group will be heading to Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs. The round trip is approximately 45 miles. Bring money for food, as there will be food trucks. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride #1 – The first women’s ride is set for Saturday, April 28. They’ll now be departing from the Rapha store at 1514 N Milwaukee at 7:30am and they’ll make their usual pickup at 8am at Pratt & Ridge. From there the group will head north to Highland Park. If you’re looking for a nice group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics Event #1 – First up in the crosstown classic series is the Lincoln Park Criterium. The course is known for its hairpin turn and the wind that blows in from the lake. It’s a great event to get your season rolling. For more information, click here.

Muskego Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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