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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!


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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Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

Sometimes it’s nice to wander off the main road. This weekend I’m up in Hayward, Wisconsin for the 30th annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. The main event is a point to point 40 mile mountain bike race. The event attracts thousands of riders, and through a lottery system 1850 are selected for the 40 mile course and another 900 are selected for the Short n Fat, a 15 mile race which starts in Cable, Wisconsin. The gun goes off at 10AM Saturday morning and all 2750 riders will begin an amazing race.
There are few surprises in store for Cheq veterans, but one major change is the starting corrals. In past years, a select few were given a preferred start, allowing those riders to head to the front of the field moments before the start. Those without a preferred start, but not wanting to start behind a few thousand riders would get up before dawn and leave their bikes on the start line. That meant a decent start position, but no chance for a warm up. This year there are 4 corrals of 100 riders each. Based on previous results, the top 400 riders will be seeded into each of the corrals. The remainder of the riders will fill in behind the corrals. It takes some effort to move that many riders through downtown Hayward and out to the trails, but I believe this new start process will enhance the experience and keep riders safe. Click here to see the 2011 Cheq 40 start video.
The Northwoods may be your destination this weekend, but if you’re at home in the Chicago area, there are still plenty of activities. See below for a list of rides and races.
Saturday No Drop Ride. This 2 hour ride departs from Higher Gear Wilmette at 7AM. Riders enjoy a scenic ride along Sheridan Road.
Sunday Ride. Our Sunday ride will pick up again starting Sunday, September 22.
Tuesday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 9:30AM. The 1.5 hour ride is split into groups based on ability.
Fredo’s Ride. Join Fredo on a fast paced group ride each Thursday night during the summer. The ride departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30PM and averages 20+mph.
Sprint double Sprint. Head down to the Chicago Velo Campus this weekend for a two-day sprint series. For more information click here.
Chicross Cup Race #1 – Jackson Park. There’ll be a lot of action on the south side of the city this Sunday with the first Chicross cup race. For event details click here.
Off the Beaten Path:
Open Streets Chicago. This is the second Sunday for Open Street Chicago. This week the activities will be in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods. The event closes down city streets to encourage car-free activities. For details click here.
Have a great weekend!

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