Bloomington Criterium

In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.

Events:

CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.

Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race 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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Intelligentsia Cup

In just a few hours the biggest road racing series in Illinois will kick off. The quiet little community of Beverly will be buzzing with the energy only a bike race can provide. Whether you ride or race, there’s plenty to do during these spectacular summer months. Get out and enjoy! Check the listings below for a few upcoming options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup –Ten days of high powered racing around Chicago begins today in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. The series loops around the city and suburbs and features both criterium and road race courses. For details on all the events, click here.

ABR Midwest Regional Championship Time Trial – This super-flat course is great for speed and the opportunity to set a PR for this distance. Head out to Cordova for this 40K and set your sights on a championship ride. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

George Garner Memorial Keirin Night – The keirin is one of the most exciting track races, especially for spectators. Riders are pulled up to speed by a motorized bike and when the motor pulls off, the race begins. If you’re looking to see some exciting racing or if you want to take part in the fun, head to Northbrook next Thursday. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

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 – Take part in this all-women’s ride on Saturday, July 22nd. 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, July 23rd 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, July 23. 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.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Ride Weekend

It’s a big weekend for ladies in the Chicago area with women’s rides scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options ahead from the road to the track and in the dirt! Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Union Cycling team. The ride will depart from 1501 North Damen at 7:30am with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park. On the return trip, the group may split into faster or more moderately paced groups. For ride information, click here.

Womo/Border Ride – For those looking for a few more miles, join the group continuing on from the WoMo ride turnaround point. The ride will continue on to the Wisconsin border and return to the city for a full century ride. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – You’ll have to head to Indianapolis if you want to race a crit this weekend, but it will be well worth the drive. It’s a fast figure 8 course around monument circle. The race draws riders from around the Midwest and there’s plenty of money and prizes on the line to heat up the competition. For race details, click here.

Hersher Two Person Time Trial – This weekend’s race is all about teamwork. If you’ve taken part in a team time trial, you already know how rewarding it can be. If you haven’t, then you should make sure to give this event a try. Grab your teammate and choose from either 25K or 50k and plan to work together to maximize your team’s potential. For race information, click here.

Rapha 100 Women’s Training Ride – If you’re not able to attend the women’s ride on Saturday, no worries! Join the training ride on Sunday from Rapha. The ride is geared towards getting you ready for the upcoming Rapha 100 ride later in July. For event information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Series Event #4 – This is the fourth and final event in this off-road short track series. Head out for some fast paced racing in the dirt. For event information, click here.

Track Cycling

Sprinters Dream Omnium Series Event #3 – It’s the final event in this sprinters series. The event begins with flying 200’s to set up pairings for the match sprints. The event will also include the Belgian win and out, a four lap scratch race and time trial record attempts. If you want to fine tune your sprinting and race tactics, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Coming Up –

Intelligentsia Cup – Get set for ten days of high powered racing around Chicago, beginning next Friday in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. The series loops around the city and suburbs and features both criterium and road race courses. For details on all the events, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Venus de Miles – Take part in this all-women’s ride on Saturday, July 22nd. 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.

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, July 23rd and proceeds from the event go to World Bicycle Relief. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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