We in the Midwest tend to pack in a lot of fun into the few months of pleasant weather we have here. Below are just some of the events and rides that are going on in Chicagoland or nearby for the summer of 2013.
There’s something for every cycling enthusiast! Some of these are fun events for the family that feature spectacular pro-level racing. Some are great excuses to get the whole family out on their bikes. Some are charity events and rides. Others are races for those who are looking to jump into competitive cycling.
For more event listings, visit Chicago Bike Racing, League of Illinois Bicyclists, Wisconsin Cycling Association, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Michigan Bicycle Racing Association, and League of Michigan Bicylists.
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: March
17 March – 7 April: 34th Annual Spring Training Races
The annual Spring Training Criterium has changed locations for 2013. Now in Silver Lake Park in Salem, WI, the 1.5 mile course features rolling hills. This series is ideal for the start of the outdoor racing season and especially friendly to new criterium racers. Races on Sundays, March 17th and 24th and April 7th.
23 March: 12th Annual IC3 Hillsboro-Roubaix Road Race
Wish you could race a Spring Classic in Europe? This 28.75 mile loop through the streets of Hillsboro has all you want in a Spring Classic: flat open back roads with no cover from the spring winds, rolling terrain, short but challenging climbs, twisty descents and village streets paved with brick.
23 March: Barry-Roubaix
Michigan’s 2013 cycling race season kicks off the year with the Killer Gravel Road Race in Barry County. Like the classic it’s named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against rolling gravel roads (80%), pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud and possibly snow and ice, along with 2200 feet of climbing over its 35 mile loop. Cyclocross, mountain, road, single-speed, fixed gear, fat bikes and tandem bicycles are welcome in any category.
25-28 March: 5th Annual Gapers Block Crits
Calumet Park, Chicago, IL
This fun and accessible week-long race series is perfect for beginners. These races promise a low-cost, low-key, super beginner-friendly way to get some mass starts and some race practices in before things start getting serious. New for 2013: to make the annual practice criterium series even more beginner friendly, a Cat 5 only heat, sponsored by Johnny Sprockets, has been added.
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: April
6 April: Spring Super Criterium
South Beloit , IL
With Blackhawk Farms Raceway as the backdrop, this USAC-sanctioned event will once again serve as the season-opener for the Illinois Cup. The SSC has qualities serving everyone from the first-time competitor to the grizzled veteran. Elevation gains are minor, but the nearly two-mile-long course has many sweeping and declining radius turns, as well as final straightaway that in the last five years has served as the Launch Pad for legendary showdowns. Co-hosted by Burnham Racing and Spidermonkey Cycling.
13 April: Lincoln Park Criterium
Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL
XXX Racing-AthletiCo has a long record of bringing quality amateur racing to the city of Chicago. 2012 marked this annual criterium’s first year doing a loop in Lincoln Park.
14 April – 15 September: Mid America Time Trial Series
Various cities throughout WI & IL
Since its beginning in 1988, MATTS has grown to become one of the largest and longest running time trial series in the United States. MATTS offers 18 events, both indoor and outdoor, individual and team events, and over thirty (30) age group and abilty categories to choose from, giving time trialists in Illinois and Wisconsin lots of options. MATTS encourages cyclists of all levels, juniors, masters, triathletes,and duathletes to participate in its events.
14 April: ABD Series Finale John Fraser Memorial 10 mile TT, Maple Park, IL
21 April: Big Ring Flyers Freeport BC 20k TT, Cherry Valley, IL
5 May: WBR Single Bong, 20k, Kansasville, WI
19 May: Stray Kats Kankakee 20k or 30k TT, Kankakee, IL
2 June: WBR Bong and a Half 30k TT, Kansasville WI
9 June: WBR Harvard 30k TT, Harvard, IL
15 June: Scarlet Fire Racing 2-person 40k TTT, Garden Prairie, IL
23 June: Team Apache Illinois State Championship 40k TT, Paw Paw, IL
14 July: Midwest Masters Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50k 2-person TTT, Herscher, IL
21 July: Stray Kats-Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Regional Championship 40k TT, Cordova, IL
3 August: Lamb Little Racing Bryce Master 19k, Harvard, IL
17 August: MadCity Velo Kike Vei 20k TT, Kegonsa, WI
25 August: WBR Double Bong Wisconsin State Championship 40k TT, Kansasville, WI
1 September: Return to Cherry Valley 20k TT, Cherry Valley, IL
8 September: PYOC Four Person TTT 60k, Kankakee, IL
14 September: EMC2 MATTS Finale 39k, Garden Prairie, IL
28 April: 32nd Annual Easter Ride
Park Forest, IL
Food and fun are what this ride is all about! Pick one of five routes (17, 28, 33, 50 or 62 mile) through pastoral farmlands, wildflower-filled woods and friendly towns. Rest stops are stocked with fruit, drinks, sandwiches, homemade cookies and even live entertainment. After the ride, stop at Dining on the Green for food, music and a massage. You may even see the Easter Bunny!
29 April – 2 September: Summer Night Bicycle Racing at the Velodrome
Thursday night racing series at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome.
29 April: Monday Night Training Supported by Chicago Chiropractic Begins
13 May: Number Pick Up BBQ and Monday Night Training
16 May: Team Intelligenstia presents Opening Night
23 May: Chicago Athlete presents Thursday Night Racing
30 May: 10 Mile Record Attempt #1 Night
6 June: Wheel & Sprockett presents the Madison
13 June: Tomasz Pac Memorial Points Race p/b PACT
20 June: Garner Cyclery presents the Keirin
27 June: The Annual Amy Tremelling Memorial Race
11 July: Elaine Nekritz Trophy Race p/b Alberto’s
18 July: 10 Mile Record Attempt #2 Night
25 July: State Rep Elaine Nekritz presents Madison Racing
27 July: Franco Panveno Master’s Cup
1 August: Junior’s Invitational Night p/b EJ’s Place
8 August: Keirin State Championship p/b Garner Racing Team
15 August: 16th Annual Roger DeLanghe Trophy Race p/b PACT & VeloSmith
22 August: Points State Championship Race p/b Higher Gear & Chicago Chiropractic
29 August: Rain Date Thursday Night Racing
5 September: Madison State Championship
12 September: Season Finale BBQ Cookout
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: May
May: National Bike Month
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!
1 May-31 August: The Kimberly-Clark Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge
Over 30,000 people rode 12 million miles in this free four-month challenge last year. Sign up as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you while competing for prizes and awards on the local and national level. Grand Prize is a trip through California wine country from Trek Travel.
5 May: ICHS QuadruPedal Spring Century Challenge
The very best charity bike tour in the Midwest and the toughest spring ride around celebrates its tenth year! This tour showcases the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin. Here’s your chance to ride on some of the same roads used by he Dairyland Dare, the Horribly Hilly Hundred and the Wright Stuff Century, with full SAG support, rest stops, showers and a meal when you finish. Ride options include challenging routes of 35, 55, 85 and 100 miles for the cycling enthusiast. Cycling Fundraiser for the Iowa County Humane Society
8 May: Second Annual Bike to School Day
Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The event, an exciting celebration for both those new to the experience and those who have been two-wheeling to school for years, is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school, and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute.
11 May: Monsters of the Midway Criterium
A flat, fast 4-corner race held on the beautiful Midway south of the University of Chicago. Sponsored by the University of Chicago Velo Club.
13-17 May: Bike to Work Week
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike to Work Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
15 May: Ride of Silence
At 7:00 PM, the tenth annual Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
Illinois locations include Bartlett, Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston and Joliet
17 May: Bike to Work Day
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike to Work Day is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
18 May: Arcadia’s Brute Challenge Ride
Stage one of the Wisconsin Triple Crown endurance cycling series. The 2013 Brute will challenge cyclists with 50k, 100k, 150k & 200k routes, routes that ascend 100 feet for every mile pedaled. Touring over western Wisconsin’s endless network of paved back roads, the routes will lead cyclists up scenic valleys to ridge lines with spectacular views. Staged in a region where Wisconsin’s’ Driftless meets the Mississippi. Characterized by long climbs and descents, cyclists riding the 200K will have 14 ‘mile-long’ climbs, 100k riders will have 8 ‘mile-long’ climbs. Each climb offering memorable moments of 17 to 23% grades. All riders will have the opportunity to climb ‘Catfish & the Hip Breaker’.
18 May: Elgin Cycling Classic
19 May: Fox River Grove Criterium
Fox River Grove, IL
25 May: Snake Alley Criterium
Kicking off the Memorial Day Weekend Bike Races – 4 days of great racing in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois – the Snake Alley Criterium returns for its 31st year.
26 May: MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive
Hop on your bike the one day of the year when the length of Lake Shore Drive is open to cyclists and closed to auto traffic. Enjoy the striking skyline and the shimmering water of Lake Michigan as you cruise up and down the entire length of Lake Shore Drive.
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: June
1 June: 7th Annual Glencoe Grand Prix
The Glencoe Grand Prix has plenty of good things in store. Once again, this crit is part of USAC’s National Criterium Calendar. New for this year, the GGP is proud to announce its association with the long-running and well-respected USA Crits Series. As one of 10 races in the series, this year’s GGP promises to be as competitive as ever! In addition to hosting the IL State Criterium Championship, there will be all the fixings to pair with a great day of racing including food, live music, games for the kids, a beer tent and the traditional noon kid races.
2 June: Udder Century Invitational
An udderly good time pedaling along flat to rolling rural routes of 32, 50, 62, 75 or 100 miles through the dairy land of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Take breaks along the way at strategically places rest stops and afterwards enjoy a gourmet pasta dinner in the cow-lossal banquet hall.
7-9 June: Tour of Galena Omnium Stage Race
Top bike racers from across the Midwest will converge on Galena this weekend for the third annual trifecta of Tour of Galena races. The weekend includes three races – a time trial, a road race and a criterium – that showcase the area’s famous beauty and sporting spirit.
7 June – 16 August: Northbrook Developmental Bike Racing Series
The Friday Night Series has a proud history of being the “First Bicycle Race Experience” of cyclists that have gone on to become champions including Olympic, World, USA National and Illinois State champions. The goal of this series is to provide participants and spectators with a positive introduction to velodrome bicycle racing. The club promotes the benefits that cycling provides: for the participants, community and environment, while enjoying the best sport in the world!
9 June: 32nd BCLC Ramble
This is a recreational ride, pedaling its way over rural roads which traverse the scenic lakes region of northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin, sponsored by the Bicycle Club of Lake County. Routes are 30, 50, 70 and 100 miles. The terrain is flat to rolling with a few roller-coaster hills and a challenging climb or two thrown in. Riders of all capabilities are encouraged to participate and enjoy the scenery, good food, and fellowship offered at the ride.
15 June: Horrible Hilly Hundreds
Blue Mounds State Park, WI
Three routes, two county tours, one result: a painfully fun, must-do biking experience destined to find its way onto your June calendar for years to come. Since 2003, Horribly Hilly participants have enjoyed a day of riding that results in an awe-inspiring accumulation of 10,000 feet of elevation gain in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Growing in popularity each year, the Horribly Hilly registration has moved to an annual lottery system to accommodate the swelling number of interested riders. 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the Horribly Hilly Hundreds. Once voted the “Sufferfest of the Year” by Madison weekly newspaper Isthmus, “The Toughest One-Day Challenge Ride in the Midwest” is not to be missed by serious riders anywhere. How hard do you want to push it? Choose between the 100K, 150K, and 200K routes. The day is capped with a meal featuring quality local food and beer.
20 June – 30 June: Tour of America’s Dairyland
Various cities throughout WI
High energy cycling action featuring the best of pro and amateur racers from around the world sponsored by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. In addition to cycling, each city will have FREE live entertainment, safe family activities, merchant sidewalk sales and great food, making the TOADs a popular summertime event.
Thursday, 20 June: Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic, Shorewood, WI
Friday, 21 June: East Troy Cycling Classic (Criterium), East Troy, WI
Saturday, 22 June: Giro d’ Grafton (Criterium), Grafton, WI
Sunday, 23 June: Carl Zach Cycling Classic (Criterium), Waukesha, WI
Monday, 24 June: June: Sheboygan Criterium, Sheboygan, WI
Tuesday, 25 June: Schlitz Park Criterium, Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday, 26 June: Altitude Sports Fond du Lac Road Race, Fond du Lac, WI
Thursday, 27 June: Elkhart Lake Road Race at Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
Friday, 28 June: Commonwealth Classic, Fond du Lac, WI
Saturday, 29 June: ISCorp Downer Classic (Criterium), Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, 30 June: East Tosa Gran Prix, Wauwatosa, WI
22-23 June: Bike MS: Tour de Farms
Be a part of the 31st annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012, a two-day bike ride along the beautiful backroads of DeKalb, Illinois, for a world free of MS! Select your own route length–up to 200 total miles.
23 June: Swedish Days Ride
Now in its 44th year, the Swedish Days ride remains one of the premier road bike tours held in the Chicagoland area. Tour the beautiful, scenic, paved back roads of Kane County. The terrain is mostly flat, with the occasional hill. Along the way enjoy frequent rest stops stocked with thirst-quenching beverages and energizing food; including various selections of fruits, breads, and homemade cookies. Routes are 27-Miles, 45-Miles, 62-Miles, 80-Miles, 100-Miles and 124-Miles.
30 June: Kickapoo Kicker
Stage 2 of The Wisconsin Triple Crown – Endurance Cycling Series. Route distances are 100K, 150K and 200K. Be warned! The Kickapoo Kicker features the Final Kick, a steep – 24% grade – pedestrian path that climbs from lower Eckhart Park to upper Eckhart Park. This section requires some decent legs, bike handling and a low gear. Support cycling in southwest Wisconsin while benefiting the communities that offer up their roads.
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: July
3-7 July: USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships
The roads in and around Wisconsin’s capital city will play host to some of the country’s most competitive bike racing when the Amateur & Para-cycling Road Nationals head to Madison. Juniors, U23 and elite riders will all vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in the road race, time trial and criterium.
13-14 July (Saturday night-Sunday morning): Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride
Join up to 9,000 bicyclists for a 25-mile ride through Chicago’s neighborhoods and along the lakefront. Cycle past skyscrapers, hear shout of “Opaah!” in Greek Town, cruise through the North Side, wave to onlookers, and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. Plus, you’ll enjoy music before the ride, sponsor booths to explore, refreshments before the ride and at the rest stop, and great food and beverages after your trek through the city. “Chicago is a city of neighborhoods.” You’ll experience many exciting and distinctive neighborhoods during Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride!
20-21 July: GITy Up!
St. Charles, IL
GITy Up! is bite-sized, overnight bike touring around the 50-mile triangle formed by the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail in west suburban Chicagoland—Wheaton to Aurora (new this year!) to South Elgin to Wheaton and the amazing forest preserves and communities in between!Inspired by the 450-mile Grand Illinois Trail, GITy Up! is a single overnight, supported bike tour for beginning cycle tourists, for families and for the expert with a weekend free. You’ll tour the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail in DuPage and Kane Counties, with camping along the Fox River in beautiful St. Charles. Choose 50 miles or 17 miles.
14 July: Biking with Beanzie
Now in its 15th year, this recreational ride consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 25, 46, 62, 80 or 101 miles. There are also 3, 5 and 8-mile family/community bicycle pathway routes. All ride routes are provided with rest stops and water stops, regardless of the length of the route chosen. BWB is a “family” event that promotes fitness and family fun. Profits from this ride go to support the Kishwaukee Bike Pathway Projects and other projects within DeKalb County.
21 July: Ride Ataxia
Appealing to all levels of cycling abilities, Ride Ataxia Chicago will include 4, 12, 32, and 52 mile route options with a meal provided by Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Bonefish Grill after the ride. Enjoy beautiful rural Chicago river views and delicious food while raising money for FARA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and a cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. Registration includes T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by June 22nd), Strong SAG support, rest stop food and delicious lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse.
22-28 July: RAGBRAI XLI
From Council Bluffs to Fort Madison, Iowa
This is the 41st year of RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. It is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. The route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat. It begins along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends at the eastern border on the Mississippi River. The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI a special event by opening up their towns and communities to participants. You are invited to enjoy this Iowa hospitality and a memorable trip across the state.
28 July: Venus de Miles
Lake Forest, IL
Voted Best Cycling Event (tied with North Shore Century) by Competitor Magazine in its first year, Venus de Miles is back for a second year. The ride is a lot of things – Northern Illinois’ first all-women’s road ride, a celebration of sisterhood, support for Greenhouse Scholars, and crazy fun – but one thing it’s not is a race. So, don’t be afraid to walk your bike up that hill, stop to listen to a band, and, most importantly, enjoy yourself. Join us for our second year and put your pedal to the mettle. Venus is for all skill levels and features four courses to accommodate any rider – novice or seasoned. Rides will be in the 30- and 60-mile range. This ride isn’t about setting a good time, it’s about having one.
30 July – 4 August: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: August
2-4 August: Tour of Elk Grove
Elk Grove, IL
A 3 day multi-stage race, sponsored by AlexianBrothers Hospital. There are races for everyone of all levels. The professional men’s 3 day race is recognised by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale, based in Switzerland) and the TOEG is 1 of only 6 cycling races in the US to be sanctioned by the UCI.
3-5 August: CowaLUNGa
Participate in a 190-mile cycling challenge to support lung cancer research, kids with asthma and clean air! The three-day tour covers a route between Gurnee, IL, and Hubertus, WI, with beautiful places to visit, eat and rest along the way. New this year, Robbie Ventura, a professional cyclist and teammate of Lance Armstrong, will join cyclists for the ride Saturday morning. Riders also have the option of biking one or two days of the tour.
4 August: Two Rivers Century
An enjoyable one-day ride in Kankakee County along two scenic Illinois Rivers. In addition to the two rivers, riders will also see downtown Kankakee, Kankakee Community College, The Shapiro Clock Tower, barn quilts, two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, border town Momence and its “Island Park”, buffalo, Watseka, one of the largest and oldest wood frame churches in IL, corn, beans and more! Six distance options: 22, 47, 62, 80, 100 and 124 miles.
11 August: Dairyland Dare Grand Fondo Wisconsin
Set in southwest Wisconsin, the land untouched by glacial flattening, the Dairyland Dare Gran Fondo Wisconsin offers some of the most extreme hills in the midwest. Pick from 6 chip timed one day challenges: 50K, 100K, 150K, 200K, 250K, or 300K. Stage 3 of The Wisconsin Triple Crown – Endurance Cycling Series.
18 August: Bike Psychos Century XXX
Coal City, IL
Follow the historic I&M Canal Corridor over scenic country roads along the Illinois River. It’s all the parts fitting together that make a great ride! We have a great route, friendly staff, fabulous fresh food, awesome SAG drivers, bottled water, and lots of fun. A classic ride with a bike club celebrating over 30 years.
25 August: Wrigley Field Road Tour: 100 Miles To Go
The Wrigley Field Road Tour is an exclusive opportunity to ride with Chicago Cubs Owner Todd Ricketts and SRAM Executive Vice President F.K. Day to benefit the global work of World Bicycle Relief and the local community work of Chicago Cubs Charities. The ride will start and end at Wrigley Field with a party on the field.
2013 Cycling Races, Rides & Events: September
8 September: Sub-5 Century
If you ride your bike with a purpose, whether it be as a serious road cyclist or recreational rider the Sub 5 Century Challenge gives you two options to test your mettle – a timed 100 mile team event for the serious road cyclist or an untimed recreational ride of 25 to 75 miles for cyclists who want to ride at their own pace, individually or in a group to enjoy the scenery and support Parkinson’s Research. Whichever event you choose you’ll be helping to raise $100,000 to aid Parkinson’s Research.
8 September: Harmon Hundred
The 44th annual non-competitive scenic ride through southern Wisconsin. Ride options of approximately 25, 50, 62, 75 and 100 miles on quiet country roads.
21 September: Bike Winnetka
Back for its third year! Bike Winnetka is a an event that will take cyclists of all ages through scenic Winnetka. Cyclists are expected to maintain an average pace of 8mph during the entire 7.9-mile ride, approximately one hour. There’s a 2-mile option for young riders (under a 20″ wheel) and their parents. Suggested for third graders and under. Children must be with an adult. No training wheels will be allowed.
22 September: North Shore Century
The North Shore Century offers incredibly scenic biking. You’ll experience luxurious neighborhoods, view unique architectural treasures, pedal down tranquil tree-lined streets and feel the refreshing breezes of Lake Michigan. Open it up in the flat to rolling countryside between Chicago and Wisconsin. The 100-mile ride is what this event is famous for. For those looking for a more leisurely day out on the bike with the opportunity to see some of the most architecturally impressive homes, choose from 70-, 62-, 50- or 25-mile rides.
29 September: Apple Cider Century
Three Oaks, MI
Apple Cider Century (ACC) is an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks, Michigan. It is a recreational and social tour for bicyclists.
29 September: Bike the Ridge
Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so come out and enjoy this non-competitive, City-sponsored special event! Ridge Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic so bicyclists may ride on a 2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street. The event kicks off at 9am at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes in advance. Activities will be held along the route. Non-bicyclists are encouraged to walk along the sidewalks of Ridge Avenue and support the bicyclists. Bike-related activities are plentiful.
Higher Gear hopes you have a great summer of riding! Don’t get on our bike without a proper cycling helmet, cycling glasses and your Road ID. And always use sunscreen!
Whether you’re racing, riding in a charity event or taking the bikes out for a ride with the family, be sure your bike is in working order.