2012 Cycling Events & Rides
Below are just some of the events and rides that are going on in our area. Some are more challenging races, some are appropriate for those just beginning to race, some are great excuses to get the whole family on their bikes and some provide great racing for the family to watch. 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.
11-25 March: 33rd Annual Spring Training Criterium
The 0.7 mile wide loop course with almost flat and smooth roads is ideal for the start of the outdoor racing season and especially new criterium racers.
Pleasant Prairie, WI
26-29 March: Gapers Block Crits
A fun and accessible race series, perfect for beginners.
Calumet Park, Chicago, IL
31 March: Burnham Racing Spring Super Crit
This USAC-sanctioned event, celebrating its 5th year, will once again serve as the season-opener for the Illinois Cup. With Blackhawk Farms Raceway as the backdrop, the 2012 SSC will recognize 13 different Champions. 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.
South Beloit , IL
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
14 April: Hillsboro-Roubaix
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.
22 April: Alderman James Cappleman’s 46th Ward Lincoln Park Criterium
XXX Racing-AthletiCo has a long record of bringing quality amateur racing to the city of Chicago. This year marks a change in venue for this annual criterium.
Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL
29 April: 31st Annual Folks on Spokes Easter Ride
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!
Park Forest, IL
May: National Bike Month
League of American Bicyclists
1 May-31 August: The Kimberly-Clark Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge
Sign up now 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, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel.
6 May: ICHS QuadruPedal Spring Century Challenge
The very best charity bike tour in the Midwest and the toughest spring ride around! 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
12 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.
14-18 May: Bike to Work Week
League of American Bicyclists
16 May: Ride of Silence
On May 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the 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 and Joliet
Friday, 18 May: Bike to Work Day
League of American Bicyclists
19 May: Arcadia’s Brute Challenge Ride
The 2012 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’. Stage 1 of the Wisconsin Triple Crown – Endurance Cycling Series
20 May: The Arlington 500
This is a fully-supported recreational bike ride on the scenic roads of Lake County. You have the option of riding 28, 42, 54 or 69 miles (500 furlongs).
Arlington Heights, IL
27 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 for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive.
1 June: Lake Bluff Twilight Crit
Professional bicycle racing comes to the Village of Lake Bluff! The inaugural Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium presented by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will begin around 2:30 pm with high-level amateur racing followed by professional men’s and women’s cycling teams with top pro riders from across the United States and many foreign countries. The annual Lake Bluff “Block Party” will also be held on June 1 on the Village Green starting late in the afternoon and continuing well into the evening.
Lake Bluff, IL
2 June: Glencoe Grand Prix
Now in its 6th year, the Glencoe Grand Prix has plenty of good things in store, including participation in USA Cycling’s inaugural National Criterium Calendar. 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.
3 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.
8-10 June: Tour of Galena Omnium Stage Race
Top bike racers from across the Midwest will converge on Galena this weekend for the 2nd annual Tour of Galena, three races (a time trial, a road race and a criterium) that will showcase the area’s famous beauty and sporting spirit.
10 June: 31st 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.
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!
16 June: Horrible Hilly Hundreds
100K, 150K, 200K
Blue Mounds State Park, WI
17 June: Windy 60 Bicycle Tour
Sponsored by the Dekalb County Bicycle Club, this ride has become a Midwest Classic over the past 40 years. Route choices are 25, 45 or 62 miles (a metric century) and are generally flat with some rolling terrain. All riders will experience the windmills of DeKalb County.
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.