Category Archives: Women’s Events

Braver than the Elements

We’ve got a winter warm-up just in time for the women’s weekend. The weekend will begin with Chicago’s Women’s March and Rally on Saturday. Sunday, join the ladies for Chicago’s edition of Braver than the Elements – an event celebrated by women around the world! Don’t miss out on all this weekend has to offer. Check the listings below for events in our area.

Events:

Braver than the Elements – This Sunday, be part of an international women’s ride. In Chicago, the group will head out on a 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues this Monday. Classes are held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work – Next Friday is Chicago’s 26th annual Winter Bike to Work Day Rally. Head to Daley Plaza between 7-9am to take part in all the fun. REI will be handing out free bike lights, coupons and offering minor bike adjustments. There will also be great giveaways from vendors including Dark Matter Coffee and Eli’s Cheesecake. For more information, click here.

Corn Cross – For those not quite ready to hang up the cross bike, there’s one more race for you to get your fix. Head south to Urbana next Saturday for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross National Championships

We seem to have made it out of the deep freeze and into some typical winter weather. Not exactly perfect outdoor riding conditions for everyone, but for some this weather is a relief. Whether you opt to train indoors or outside, tis the season to keep building. There are some great local events and the big stage for cycling is Reno. Check the listings below for what’s going on!

Events:

Cyclocross National Championships – It may be chilly around here, but the heat is on in Reno, Nevada, with the Cyclocross National Championships! The racing began on the 9th and will continue through Sunday, January 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 this Sunday, January 14th at Winfield Central High School. First up will be a 10k rolling hill course. For event information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – This eight week yoga series continues this Monday. The classes will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 7pm. The class is free, just be sure to register and show up with your yoga mat! This is a great way to keep your body healthy and flexible for all your upcoming goals! For event and registration information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements Pre-Ride Social – Thinking about participating in this year’s Braver than the Elements ride? Attend this social on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30 to 8pm at the Rapha Clubhouse. They’ll be discussing ride prep options for Sunday’s as well as socializing. For more information, click here.

Braver than the Elements – Next Sunday, be brave and join the ladies as they head out on this 45 mile loop to Northbrook and the Skokie Lagoons. The ride will depart at the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago at 9am. Get there early to enjoy a cup of coffee before the ride takes off. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – BFF is starting off the New Year with its first beer run to Ten Ninety Brewing Co., in Glenview. The total ride distance is 35 miles, but, as always, there is an option to take the Metra home after the brewery tour. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fall Fling

 

The transition into fall isn’t like a light switch. It’s a gradual process that transforms everything around us. Whether it’s the leaves on the trees, the reduced sunlight of our days or the heat to warm our surroundings, we are changing every day. I see a parallel between fall and the Monarch butterfly. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly and begins a new journey, we, too, transition in the fall and start a new journey. This weekend is a wonderful representation of transitions, moving slowly into a new cycling season and a colorful change of our scenery. Get out and enjoy, there are so many things to do!!

Events:

Jingle Cross – The leaves are barely starting to turn, but you’d think we’d need to be heading out the door with our snow boots with the buzz this world cup event is creating. No need to be confused, the series used to be held closer to the holidays, thus the name! The action begins today and continues throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – Although the road season is winding down, there’s still plenty of fabulous weather and great friends to share a few miles. Join the ladies of the XXX-racing team as they lead this month’s women’s ride. The ride departs from 1501 N Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am, with a second pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park before heading back home. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park west criterium course. The course is mostly flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator tomorrow for a gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you’re looking for more of a local cross racing scene this weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up for what’s ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic on Friday from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues next weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the Dupage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Illinois State Championships

We’re getting to the final stages of the road and track season and the state championship events are coming fast and furious. If you’re looking to collect a jersey or two, the next few weeks will be busy! If you’re looking to just get out and ride with friends, you’ve got that, too! Check below for a few riding options and get out and have fun!

Events:

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.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships – It’s the first time we’ve raced on this course in 2017, but for those who have been racing for a few years, this course is well-known. It’s the south course in Wood Dale’s industrial park, which is not-too technical, but still perfect for a fast crit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truth, 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.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The days will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin and Scratch Race Championships –With last night’s Elaine Nekritz and Roger Delange races being rained out, next Thursday will be a BIG night in Northbrook. They’re combining the state scratch races and keirin championships on the same night, as we are running close to the end of the season. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – Head south next weekend for racing in the St Louis area. This race features a flat and fast seven corner, figure eight course and plenty of prize money. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium. This year’s race will be held on the summit hill course. It’s a four corner crit with a pinchy little climb on the backside and a slight downhill that leads to the start/finish. There are both USAC and ABR sanctioned races and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial & Wisconsin State Championship – This course is all about right turns! It’s a slightly hilly loop around the Bong Recreational Park in southern Wisconsin. This is the final Bong event for the season, with two laps and a distance of 40K. For more 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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Summer Cycling Fun

Summer fun moves folks from indoors to the great outdoors. Cities and towns seem to come alive with activities bringing people together. This weekend is great example of communities being brought together with music, food and of course, bike riding. There’s so much to be a part of and the weather is just grand! Check below for a few options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – The series continues with the final three races in Elmhurst, Lake Bluff and Chicago. Elmhurst and Lake Bluff are relatively technical crit courses. Both races loop in the community for a big neighborhood festival. Sunday’s final race in Chicago is a somewhat basic four corner crit and has a bit of an industrial feel. For event details, click here.

Venus de Miles – This all-women’s ride is on Saturday. You can choose from a fully supported 25 or 60 mile route. The event includes lunch and lots of pampering upon your return. Proceeds go to Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here. Use the promo code ShareTheLove and receive a $7.00 discount.

Kirkie Vei Time Trial– This 20K time trial in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin is unlike the previous week’s flat course. This course includes rolling hills, ninety degree turns and a few good straight-aways. For race information, click here.

WBR Grand Fondo – Summer fun includes bike riding, baseball and barbeque, and you’ll get all three when you participate in the WBR Grand Fondo! The ride will depart from Wilmette and head north to Kenosha. There you’ll be treated to a baseball game and barbeque! The event is on Sunday, and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 – Join the Chicago edition of this global ride on Sunday. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse in Wicker Park and head to the North Shore for a 100K loop. For ride details, click here.

Bikes & Beer Ride – It’s a special edition of BFF’s Bike’s to Beer series. This Sunday, join a group departing from BFF bikes as they head down to the Goose Island Grand Prix, the final race in the Intelligentsia Cup series. For ride information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Madison Night – The Madison is one of the most exciting track races for both riders and spectators. It’s teams of two competing in a points race. Teammates swap places in the race by a hand sling, giving one rider relief and the other getting into the race. Come out and see what it’s all about. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Master’s Championships – Next weekend the Illinois State Master’s track championships will be held at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Events will include all timed events, match sprints and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hot Dog Crits – The final event in this series is on Tuesday evening. One more chance to hone your crit skills and go for hot dog status in the local peloton. Get your warm-up in riding south to the course instead of battling the traffic and you’ll be set to tear it up in the race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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