April 2014 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

2010 Evanston Grand Prix Higher GearIn like a lion and out like a … a snow leopard, perhaps?

While we have had chillier than normal temperatures for this time of year, we also have (mostly) dry conditions and sunny, blue skies – reminding us of our favorite saying, “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Layer up and come ride with us. Our Saturday Morning Group Ride has started for the year and we’re not letting Mother Nature get in our way.

Never participated in a group ride before? Check out our Group Ride Rules.

New to cycling? Higher Gear customer Kevin Mulhall recommends Higher Gear group rides.


Those looking for opportunities for great racing or spectating in April, check out these local events:


April 2014 Cycling Races, Rides & Events


24 March – 28 April: Ann Arbor Spring Training Series
Ann Arbor, MI
An early season criterium race series designed to be a fun, low key event and a great chance for new and experienced racers to learn and get back in the swing of racing. Races are Sundays, March 24th, April 7th, April 14th, April 21st and April 28th. Locations are TBA. Check their website for updates.


31 March – 3 April: Gapers Block Crits
Calumet Park, Chicago, IL
This fun and accessible week-long race series is perfect for beginners or for those on the cusp of upgrading. 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. To make the annual practice criterium series even more beginner friendly, a Cat 5 only heat is now available.

Think you’re too old to try racing? Higher Gear customer Kiki Demopoulos found the Fountain of Youth on her bike.


5 April: 7th Annual 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. This is the inaugural event of the Pavé Liga series, kicking off the 2014 road season .


12 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 near Montrose Harbor.


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 many events throughout the year, both indoor and outdoor, including individual and team events and over 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.
13 April: Big Ring Flyers-Rock River Multisport 20k, Cherry Valley, IL
4 May: WBR Single Bong, 20k, Kansasville, WI
18 May: Stray Kats Kankakee 20k, Kankakee, IL
1 June:WBR Havard 33.3k, Harvard, IL
8 June: WBR Bong and a Half 30k , Kansasville WI
14 June: Scarlet Fire 30k TT (part of the Pavé Liga series), Garden Prairie, IL
22 June: Team Apache Illinois State Championship 40k, Paw Paw, IL
13 July: Midwest Masters Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50k 2-person TTT, Herscher, IL
20 July: Stray Kats-Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Regional Championship 40k, Cordova, IL
2 August: Lamb Little Racing Bryce Master 19k, Harvard, IL
10 August: WBR Double Bong Wisconsin State Championship 40k, Kansasville, WI
16 August: MadCity Velo Kirke Vei 20k, Kegonsa, WI
31 AugustBig Ring Flyers-Rock River Multisport Return to Cherry Valley 20k, Cherry Valley, IL
7 September: PYOC Four Person Team Time Trial Championship (part of the Pavé Liga series), Kankakee, IL
13 September: EMC2 MATTS Finale 40k, Garden Prairie, IL

Thinking about racing? Higher Gear customer Nancy Heymann tells you to “jump in!”


26 April: 13th Annual IC3 Hillsboro-Roubaix Road Race
Hillsboro, IL
Wish you could race a Spring Classic in Europe? Race the Hillsboro-Roubaix through the brick streets and rural roads of beautiful Hillsboro, Illinois. Just 60 miles, but a world away from St. Louis, MO, this is small town America at its best. Racers will tour the brick streets of Hillsboro in a rolling neutral start, then race a 29 mile loop that has all you want in a Spring Classic: flat open back roads heading into a northern headwind, rolling terrain, short but challenging climbs, twisty descents and village streets paved in brick. This race is part of the Pavé Liga series.

Read about the Paris-Roubaix and other 2014 Spring Classics.


27 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!






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