2012 Summer Cycling Events & Rides
Summer has officially begun. A crazy few have already tested their mettle (& legs!) in the Quadrupedal, Udder Century and Horribly Hilly. Higher Gear’s own Gear Heads are making quite a showing at the Velodrome. This weekend is Bike MS. And a good group are readying for their first century with Wrigley Field Road Tour.
We’ve updated the local calendar for upcoming cycling events. Whether you’re preparing for your first century or looking for a good local event to introduce the family to bicycle racing, there is plenty going on locally! Below are just some of the events and rides that are going on in our area. 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. If you or your team have an event not listed below, contact us and tell us about it.
1 April – 15 September: Mid America Time Trial Series
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.
1 April: John Fraser Memorial 10 mile, Athletes by Design, Maple Park, IL
15 April: Cherry Valley 20k, Big Ring Flyers & Freeport BC, Cherry Valley, IL
5 May: Single Bong, 20k, WBR, Kansasville, WI
19 May: Barstow 20k, Stray Kats Racing, Barstow, IL
3 June: Harvard 33.3k, WBR, Harvard, IL
10 June: Bond and a Half 30k, WBR, Kansasville, WI
16 June: Scarlet Fire Racing 40k 2-person TTT, MMCT, Garden Prairie, IL
24 June: Illinois State Championship 40k, Apache Racing, Paw Paw, IL
8 July: Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50k 2-person TTT, MMCT, Herscher, IL
22 July: Regional Championship 40k, Stray Kats Racing, Cordova, IL
4 August: Bryce Master 19k, Lamb Little Racing, Harvard, IL
18 August: Kirke Vei Time Trial 20k, MadCity Velo, Kegonsa, WI
26 August: Double Bong State Championship 40k, WBR, Kansasville, WI
8 September: Four Person TTT 60k, PYOC, TBA, IL
15 September: MATTS Finale 39k, EMC2, Garden Prairie, IL
11 June – 20 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!
21 June – 1 July: Tour of America’s Dairyland
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.
Thursday, 21 June: Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic, Shorewood, WI
Friday, 22 June: East Troy Cycling Classic (Criterium), East Troy, WI
Saturday, 23 June: Giro d’ Grafton (Criterium), Grafton, WI
Sunday, 24 June: Waukesha Carl Zach Cycling Classic (Criterium), Waukesha, WI
Monday, 25 June: June: Greenbush Road Race, Greenbush, WI
Tuesday, 26 June: June: Schlitz Park Criterium, Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday, 27 June: Town of Erin Road Race, Erin, WI
Thursday, 28 June: June: Sheboygan Harbor Centre International Cycling Challenge (Criterium), Sheboygan, WI
Friday, 29 June: June: Fond du Lac Gran Prix, Fond du Lac, WI
Saturday, 30 June: June: ISCorp Downer Classic (Criterium), Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, 01 July: June: Madison Criterium, Madison, WI
23 June: Kickapoo Kicker
Stage 2 of The Wisconsin Triple Crown – Endurance Cycling Series. Route distances are 100K, 150K and 200K. Support cycling in southwest Wisconsin while benefiting the communities that offer up their roads.
23-24 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.
24 June: Swedish Days Ride
Tour the beautiful, scenic, paved back roads of Kane County on a new great route. The Swedish Days ride is one of the premier century rides in the Chicagoland area. The Fox returns this year to celebrate the 43rd Swedish Days ride, sporting updated routes and new rest stops. Routes are 27-Miles, 45-Miles, 62-Miles, 80-Miles, 100-Miles and 124-Miles.
4 July: The Fourth of July Metric Century Ride
A great ride through Kendall and Grundy Counties, southwest of Plainfield, IL sponsored by The Joliet Bicycle Club. There are three routes: 30, 45 and 62 miles, each through farm and rural settings.
6-22 July: International Cycling Classic Superweek Pro Tour
Superweek (as it is called by those in the know) is the U.S.’ largest multi-category cycling event, a 17 day-long bicycle race that takes place in Wisconsin & northern Illinois. Enjoy a dance party, bring the kids to their own bicycle race, and be within arms-length from world-class, Olympic-level athletes who are competing for cash prizes and top honors. Bring the family & make a day of it!
Schedule subject to change:
Friday, 06 July: Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, Chicago, IL
Saturday, 07 July: Chicago Bike Race (TBA), Chicago, IL
Sunday, 08 July: Mill Race Cyclery Classic, Geneva, IL
Monday, 09 July: Richton Park Criterium, Richton Park, IL
Tuesday, 10 July: The Willow Springs (Road Race), Willow Springs, IL
Wednesday, 11 July: Willow Springs (Road Race) Long Course, Willow Springs, IL
Thursday, 12 July: Downtown Beloit Criterium, Beloit, WI
Friday, 13 July: Whitnall Park Criterium, Hales Corner, WI
Saturday, 14 July: Great Downer Avenue Bike Race, Milwaukee, IL
Sunday, 15 July: Mid-Summer Cycling Classic, New Berlin, WI
Monday, 16 July: Wheel & Sprocket – Whitnall Park Road Race, Hales Corners, WI
Tuesday, 17 July: Downtown Lake Front Challenge, Racine, WI
Wednesday, 18 July: Simply Snackin Oshkosh Criterium, Oshkosh, WI
Thursday, 19 July: The South Shore Cyclery Classic, Cudahy, WI
Friday, 20 July: Food Folks & Spokes, Kenosha, WI
Saturday, 21 July: Bay View Classic, Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, 22: July: Whitefish Bay Classic, Whitefish Bay, WI
7-8 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!
14-15 July: GITy Up!
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.
St. Charles, IL
15 July: Biking with Beanzie
This recreational ride, currently in its 14th year, consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 25, 46, 62, 80 or 101 miles. This year also includes 3- and 5-mile community bicycle pathway routes.
22 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 XL
This is the 40th 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 somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along 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.
From Sioux Center to Clinton, Iowa
28 July: 2012 USA Cycling Professional Criterium Nationals
Grand Rapids, MI
29 July: Venus de Miles
Venus de Miles 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 first 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.
Lake Forest, IL
3-5 August: Tour of Elk Grove
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.
Elk Grove, IL
4-6 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.
5 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.
19 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 community work of Chicago Cubs Charities. For 2012, the ride will start and end at Wrigley Field with a party on the field.
26 August: Bike Psychos Century XXIX
Follow the historic I&M Canal Corridor over scenic country roads along the Illinois River. A classic ride with a bike club celebrating over 30 years.
Coal City, IL
2 September: Wright Stuff Century
The 34th annual ride through scenic southwestern Wisconsin and historic Frank Lloyd Wright country. 30, 64 and 100 mile routes pass by Taliesin and stop at Unity Church.
Tyrol Basin, Mt. Horeb, WI
9 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.
9 September: Harmon Hundred
The 43rd annual non-competitive scenic ride through southern Wisconsin. Ride options of approximately 25, 50, 62, 75 and 100 miles on quiet country roads.
23 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.
30 September: Apple Cider Century
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.
Three Oaks, MI
30 September: Bike the Ridge
Bicyclists may ride on a 2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street. The event kicks off at 9am with Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl leading riders from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes in advance. Bike-related activities are plentiful!
Higher Gear hopes you enjoy a great summer of riding! Wear a helmet and cycling glasses. Don’t forget sunscreen. And make sure your bike is in working order before you set out to ride. Ride safe! Ride on!