August 2017 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

Evanston Grand Prix Higher Gear downtown pro cycling racing road bikesDo you hear that sound? That’s the sound of summer passing by as quickly as Chris Froome attacking on a mountain stage.

It’s here and then it’s gone. That’s why you’ve got to make the most of it, folks.

By making the most of it, we mean catching all the local cycling action you can. That’s why we’ve put together our handy calendar of all the cycling events going on locally this August. Check out the list below.

And don’t blink. You might miss out on something!


Continuing 2017 Cycling Races, Rides & Events


Through 24 September: Mid America Time Trial Series (MATTS)
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.

  • 5 August: Lamb Little Racing Brian Akers Memorial 19k, Harvard, IL
  • 20 August: WBR Double Bong Wisconsin State Championship 40k, Kansasville, WI
  • 27 August: Rock River Multisport Return to Cherry Valley 20k, Cherry Valley, IL
  • 2 September: Bryce Master 30k, Garden Prairie, IL
  • 9 September: 4 Person Team Time Trial Championship, Garden Prairie, IL
  • 24 September: ABD Fall Fling 10 Mile MATTS Closing Event, Maple Park, IL

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



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Through 7 September: Summer Night Bicycle Racing at the Velodrome
Northbrook, IL
Thursday night racing series at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome.

  • 3 Aug: Thursday Night Racing + Cat 5*
  • 10 Aug: IL State Scratch Race Championships & Roger DeLanghe & Elaine Nektritz Trophy Races
  • 12-13 Aug: IL State Elite Timed Track Championships*
  • 17 Aug: Illinois Keirin State Championships
  • 24 Aug: Illinois State Point Race Championships
  • 31 Aug: Illinois State Madison Championships
  • 7 Sept: Closing Night

Note: * denotes Cat 5 training/racing; italics denotes a race that falls on another day of the week than a Thursday

Read about Higher Gear’s own Catherine Watkins and her successful 2013 season at the track >>


Through 13 August: Sprinters Dream Omnium SeriesCatherine Watkins Higher Gear Gearhead Velodrome Track Racing
Northbrook, IL

Saturdays are for sprinting at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook.

  • 12 Aug: IL State Elite Timed Track Championships #1*
  • 13 Aug: IL State Elite Timed Track Championships #2*

Note: * denotes Cat 5 training/racing; italics denotes a race that falls on another day of the week (i.e. not a Saturday).




August 2017 Cycling Races, Rides & Events


5 – 11 August: Schramm’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Wisconsin (SAGBRAW)
Various cities, WI, including 3 nights in Door County
Come join the 40th SAGBRAW, Wisconsin’s oldest cross-state bicycle tour and enjoy a piece of cycling heaven. You’ll pedal at your own pace over some of the most picturesque, bicycle-friendly terrain in the state. Refuel with some of the best pie in the world. Sample Wisconsin’s finest cheeses. Meet new and old friends under a blue, Midwestern sky. And don’t forget to wave to the cows!


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6 August: Stray Kats Aroma Park Road Race, ABR Illinois Championship
Aroma Park, IL
Part of the Tour of Illinois & Wisconsin (TOI/W) Series, this event also serves as the ABR Illinois Road Racing Championship.

Check out Pepe’s race report from the 2015 ABR IL Championship >>


6 August: Two Rivers Century
Kankakee, IL
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 128 miles.

Higher Gear customer Glenna Lampner tells us: “A century is a party. It’s a party and they’re feeding you.”


12 August: Dairyland Dare Grand Fondo Wisconsin
Dodgeville, WI
Wisconsin’s oldest gran fondo. 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 six chip timed one day challenges: 50K, 100K, 150K, 200K, 250K or 300K.

Meet Sheila Wilson, who rocked the Dairyland Dare.


12 August: One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODAM)
Various cities, MI
The state of Michigan also offers a one day trip, departing from the western edge. The 145ish mile route typically presents riders with the most challenging portion while their legs are fresh. The first 80 miles takes riders over rolling hills and a gradual elevation climb. The roads are overwhelmingly rural and present minimal car traffic. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride to Cure Program.


12 – 13 August: Illinois Timed Event State Championships
Northbrook, IL
More exciting track action at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook.


13 August: Wood Dale Criterium
Wood Dale, IL
Part of the Tour of Illinois & Wisconsin (TOI/W) Series and the Illinois State Criterium Championship.

Get in to Higher Gear for a Tune-Up, so you’re ready to race >>


19 August: Ride Like An Egyptian
DeKalb, IL
A fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre, a fully restored 1929 Egyptian-themed art deco movie palace and vaudeville house. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops, with all routes utilizing a central rest stop that is indoors with air conditioning/heat and real restrooms. The end-of-ride meal has continually been ranked as one of the best offered for bike rides. The ride begins and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, so you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. 


19 – 25 August: Bicycle Illinois
Cairo to Chicago, IL
Starting from the town of Cairo at Illinois’ southernmost tip and ending in the heart of downtown Chicago, Bicycle Illinois is the only cycling event across the entire state of Illinois. Held annually, the fully supported ride covers 500 to 600 miles with nightly stops in Cairo, Carbondale, Centralia, Effingham, Champaign and Kankakee. For riders looking for even more of a challenge, a century option is available every day of the ride. There will be six consecutive days of riding with pre-designated, supported rest stops along the way. Each ride segment is an estimated 20 miles between rest stops. As always, this route follows the safest, most direct route between our stopping towns. For a bigger challenge, you can continue cycling north to Wisconsin the following day on the Tri-State Tour, which also includes a century option. That’s up to 7 centuries in 7 days – no other cycling event comes close!


Winfield Criterium Crit Higher Gear Joe Pepe Sullivan


20 August: Winfield Criterium/ABR National Criterium Championships
Winfield, IL
The Winfield Criterium is Athlete By Design’s annual neighborhood road-racing event. Enjoy an evening of professional and amateur racing followed by a party in the park for non-stop excitement. There will be food, drink and entertainment for racers, spectators and visitors. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Advocates of the Winfield Riverwalk and a portion of each entry fee to be donated to Special Olympics. Great prizes and raffles!

Check out Junior racer Pepe’s race report from the 2014 Winfield Criterium >>


20 August: Chicago Cinder Classic   CANCELLED
Chicago, IL
Check out this new event on the calendar for 2017: a team bike relay race and fundraiser for Active Transport Alliance at Winnemac Stadium’s cinder track, near Foster and Damen. (Cinder is fine gravel mixed with ash.) Each team of four racers will ride 100 laps (25 miles) on identical single speed bikes, sharing a single speed bike loaned by Active Trans. Registration is limited to 24 teams in each division and teams are provided entry on a first-come-first-serve basis, with starting position determined by registration order. Sign up early to secure the best spot possible! If you’ve ever watched the film “Breaking Away” or seen the cinder track relay race at Indiana University, you know how fun and exciting these races are. You don’t want to miss this event!


20 August: Bike Psychos Century XXXIV
Coal City, IL
Follow the historic I&M Canal Corridor over scenic country roads along the Illinois River. Choose from routes of 30, 50, 70, 100 or 124 miles. This ride features a great route, friendly staff, fabulous fresh food, awesome SAG drivers, bottled water and lots of fun. Showers are available and both massage therapy and insulated water bottles are available for a nominal fee. A classic ride with a bike club celebrating over 30 years.

Higher Gear customer Glenna Lampner tells us: “A century is a party. It’s a party and they’re feeding you.”


25 – 27 August: Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW)
Dubuque to Kenosha, WI
Join the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, along with special guest Jens Voigt for the third-annual Ride Across Wisconsin – 175 miles across the greatest state ever. You don’t want to miss the incredible route, unbeatable scenery, and rare chance to ride handlebar-to-handlebar with cycling legends! The ride begins in Dubuque and follows scenic, low traffic roads 175 miles across the bottom of the state, includes a ceremonial lap around the Washington Park Velodrome and ends on at Simmons Island Beach along the shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha.


26 August: Tri-State Tour #2
Hammond, IN to Kenosha, WI
Bicycle Illinois is excited to present the Tri-State Tour. With this tour, you’ll travel through three states in one day! The ride will begin just over the Illinois/Indiana border in Hammond, Indiana and finish in Kenosha, Wisconsin, traveling north along Lake Michigan through Illinois. The single day event covers approximately 85 miles and includes a century option as well. (The Tri-State Tour #1 is held in July.) For those who want a greater challenge, hit up this tri-state tour after completing the Bicyle Illinois route to complete 7 centuries in 7 days.


26 August: C-U Across the Prairie
Urbana, IL
Prairie Cycle Club’s 46th Annual Cycling Extravaganza coincides with downtown Urbana’s annual Sweet Corn Festival! Choose from ride options of 15 to 100 miles over gently rolling terrain. There’s also a 7 mile family ride, so everyone can participate.


26 August: Bloomington Criterium
Bloomington, IL
This will be the fifth year where participants race through downtown Bloomington in this one-day event that features different cycling races. For 2016, this race was also host to the 2016 Illinois Criterium State Championship.



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This is it, folks! If youre bike isn’t tuned-up by now, you must be waiting for cyclocross season!

Don’t get on your bike without a proper cycling helmet, cycling glasses and your Road ID. And always use sunscreen!

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.

To stay current with local events, sign up for our weekly newsletter. Check back here (from our home page, click Riding/Racing >> Chicagoland Cycling Calendar), as we’ll update our calendar as events are added and dates are finalized. If you or your team have an event not listed here, please contact us and let us know about it.





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