March Rolls In

The saying goes, “March rolls in like a lion and out like a lamb”, but that isn’t exactly the case for 2018 in Chicago. Who knows what or if we can expect any crazy weather over the next month, but right now, it’s pretty tame! Gather your gear and head out to your favorite group ride, do your intervals or just enjoy a scenic route at your own pace. Check below for ride options nearby.

Events:

Stay Rad Groad Ride – For those gearing up for the spring gravel races or for those just looking to get in some miles in a group setting, you’re all set with this one. It’s just over 63 miles of mixed surface road riding, beginning in Aurora. It’s a no-drop group ride, so there’s no fear of getting left behind! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event will be next Sunday and continue for the next two Sunday’s. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series – This is the third and final indoor event in this time trial series, with the fourth being held outside. Once again, the course is set for rolling hills. Go for the win or to improve your time from the previous race. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing, which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Interested in learning to ride and race a fixed gear bike on the velodrome? There are two upcoming beginner clinics. The first is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. The second will be at the Kenosha Velodrome on May 6th. Plan ahead so you’re ready to roll when the season begins. More information to follow.

Have a great weekend!

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Frostbite 40

We’re a few days away from March, a few more days away from the first day of spring, and we’re just a few days away from the 2018 road racing pre-season. This weekend we have comfortable temps to get outside and ride – with just a few layers. Get out, have some fun and add that extra effort to get you ready for what’s ahead.

Events:

Frostbite 40 – It may not be frosty, but it’ll still be 40 miles of gravel fun for those anxious to get the gravel season underway. Head northwest to the Freeport area for Sunday’s adventure. The race is free, but donations are welcomed and all funds go to support community service project. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

There may not be much on the calendar next weekend, but the weather is forecasted to be in the 40’s and that’s perfect for getting outside in early March.

Plan Ahead:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event will be held on Sunday, March 12th. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series – This is the third and final indoor event in this time trial series, with the fourth being held outside. Once again, the course is set for rolling hills. Go for the win or to improve your time from the previous race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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The 2018 Winter Olympics Begin

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and for the next few weeks, most of us will be cheering on our favorite athletes as they compete. While there’s no cycling in the Winter Olympics, there are definite cross-overs. For me, speed skating is most like bike racing, in particular, short track. No matter which event is your favorite, just be inspired by the hard work and determination it takes for each athlete to make it to the games. Use that inspiration to push you to a new level in your training and enjoy the high of tough, but fulfilling workouts.

Whether you plan to stay inside or head out, there are options for you. Check the listings below for a few local events.

Events:

Hugh Jass Series -Sturgeon Spectacular – It’s the “Spear the Fatty Fat Tire” bike race in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, tomorrow. If you can make the drive, it’ll be a fun snow-fest including fat bike racing as well as a downtown fun ride. This event is also connected to the Sturgeon Spectacular winter fest which goes on all weekend, so it’s worth the drive! For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second event in the ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on 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:

Fat Abominable Snowbike Scramble – This event is all about having fun in the snow. There are individual and team events to challenge your competitive side. There’ll also be food and beverages to enjoy throughout the day. The event is just over the border at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross World Championships

The center of the cycling world will be the Netherlands this weekend for the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships. The championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and you can view the races at local shops, including Johnny Sprockets and the Rapha Clubhouse. Be sure to keep an eye out for our local heroine, Maria Larkin, who will be racing on the Irish National team!!

Let the championship event inspire you to keep your season goals alive as we battle another cold weekend in Chicago. Whether you bundle up and head outside, or hunker down on a trainer, keep at it!

Events:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in this Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – This weekend, the fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There’ll be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on 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:

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – The indoor competition continues with the second of ABD’s series. It’ll be another 10K rolling hill challenge for you to test your fitness and competitive edge. For race information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Corn Cross Racing

The weekend got off to a great start today with Chicago’s annual Winter Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza. With morning temperatures in the 40’s, it was easy to draw a crowd and have riders mingle for a while. The weather will continue to be mildly pleasant this weekend, so if you’re experiencing a bit of cabin fever, now’s a great time to get outside and ride.

Events:

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 tomorrow for a fun-filled day of racing at Weaver Park. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – The eight week yoga series continues on 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:

Peoria Indoor TT – Looking for another indoor suffer-fest to measure your fitness or to satisfy your competitive spirit? Make plans to compete in next Saturday’s indoor time trial in Peoria. Instead of riding a particular course or distance, this race is set up to ride as far as you can in 25 minutes. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Series – Next weekend, this fat bike series will be part of the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club’s Winter Carnival. There will be ski events both weekend days and the bike race will take place on Sunday. It’ll be lots of fun, but plenty of work since the course includes Holy Hill! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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