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September 2014 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

2010 Evanston Grand Prix

It feels like summer only just began. Mother Nature is making up for our prolonged winter by giving us perfect riding weather to close out the summer and (Shall we say it?) begin the fall season. Fall may be just …

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Going the Extra Mile

Daniel Dan Ephraim David Dave Bradford CAF Challenged Athletes Foundation CAFrica bicycle bike touring tour Africa charity ride

  “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela   This was a brutal winter. Cyclists in the area …

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Dare to Go Bare?

Tour de France 2013 Stage 6 Specialized SWorks Tarmac Zipp SWorks shoe Omega Pharma Quick Step

So, why do cyclists shave their legs? Well, let’s rephrase that. All cyclists, of course, do not shave their legs. Mountain bikers are as notoriously stingy with the razor as they are adverse to the lycra that road cyclists swear …

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Teaching the Next Generation of Cyclists

Chicago Youth Cycling Beginning Cycling Northbrook Velodrome Track Paul Swinand Higher Gear

Several of our customers have been making it to the Northbrook Velodrome this summer. They’re not there for the Thursday night racing, however. Instead, they’ve been going to the track to watch as their kids are taught bike handling skills …

Posted in Featured Cyclists, Junior Racing, Local Events, News & Tips, Racing, Training

Another Epic Leadville

Leadville 100 2014 Specialized Epic SWorks

The iconic Leadville Trail 100 is the ultimate proving ground for XC racers, bikes, and equipment. U.S. National Champion Todd Wells, aboard his SWAT-equipped S-Works Epic, bested the field of over 1,200 riders for the coveted Leadville title. Teammate and …

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Too Fun To Fail, Indeed

Gran Fondo Hundo Higher Gear metric century Wilmette Plaza del Lago

With a go-time of 10:00am, participants of the first Gran Fondo Hundo began rolling into the Plaza del Lago parking lot at around 9:00am on Saturday, August 2nd. Riders busied themselves, topping off tires and topping off their caffeine fixes. …

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