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2014 Winfield Criterium: Junior Race Report

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9:30 Saturday morning, we leave Wilmette.  In the pouring rain and dark skies, we head to Winfield and wonder if the race would even go off.  At 11:00, we make it to the course, and the rain begins to soften.  Throwing …

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2014 Tour of Galena: Junior Race Report

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It really didn’t look that bad. Riding through the Galena Eagle Ridge Resort gave me a feel for the hills on Friday. The small hills of the resort were like nothing I’ve ever done before, but they were nothing like …

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Jack (or James) of All Trades

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If you frequent our Wilmette location, you’ve seen James Little, behind the counter, quietly working magic on bikes. If you’ve ever had a mechanical issue or a question about training, you know that his quiet demeanor belies a wealth of …

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2014 Glenoe Grand Prix: Junior Race Report

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There was a starting grid, a jumbotron, podium girls, bleachers, and professionals. It had to be a grand prix; the Glencoe Grand Prix. Juniors 15-18 gave a perfect example. I lined up next to people from across Illinois, Michigan, and …

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2014 Milwaukee Mile Crit: Junior Race Report

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Milwaukee Mile Criterium 9:30am on the beautiful Milwaukee Mile Indy Circuit. Recorded temperature in West Allis, WI is 68º, but the sun reflecting off the pavement makes it feel like the high 70s. Four day-of registrants for the Juniors 15-18 …

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Junior Rider: Doing the Homework

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If you are thinking about riding with the Junior team, you will quickly get to know Joe “Pepe” Sullivan and his trusty steed, El Diablo. Pepe only started riding four years ago. He happened to come across a bike just …

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