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Junior Team

About the Team

 

There may be more competitive teams out there. Like other Higher Gear teams, our Junior Team is made up of a group of great individuals who have a passion for cycling and who have an interest in folding new friends into the sport we love. We happen to enjoy winning. (Who doesn’t?) But that’s not what we’re about. We’re about growing up in cycling – as cyclists, as cycling enthusiasts and as friends. Join us to have fun and to challenge yourself.

 

We want to grow. We need a feminine touch. If you’re between 10 and 18, complete the form below to join in the fun. Even if you’re not interested in racing, come out and join our Friday Night Junior Ride (which will start up again this summer), our weekly group ride, for a fun evening with us. Talk your mom and dad into racing with Higher Gear’s adult team or riding in our group rides.

 

 

Junior Gearheads

Joe “Pepe” SullivanGCP-Cat4___May 30 2015_660

Racing Age: 17
Disciplines: Road (Category 4), Cyclocross (Category 5)
Best Results in 2015: 10th-Barry Roubaix, 10th-Glencoe Grand Prix
Goals: Win.
Favorite Riding Snack: Kickstart & Pop Tarts
Favorite Rider: Mark Cavendish and the Infamous Jake Buescher
Bio: He wants to win. Racing since age 12, Joe has picked up experience along the way, and has found the goldmine of coaching, Geoffrey Chandler.  He’s pushing results in every race. 

Fiona “Spartan Race” ChillaIMG_7820

Racing Age: 17
Disciplines: Road (Junior)
Best Results in 2015: 1st-Monsters of the Midway
Goals: To become a more efficient rider and compete in more races.
Favorite Riding Snack: Honey Stinger Waffles
Favorite Rider: Alberto Contador
Bio: Coming into the CompuTrainer studio over the winter, she kicked the boys into shape.  Coming from a background in endurance sports, she is already a killer cyclist in her first year training. 

Graham “Chipotle” IklerWinfield Crit Race___Jul 12 2014_083

Racing Age: 16
Disciplines: Road (Category 5)
Best Results in 2015: None
Goals: Keep up with Joe all summer.
Favorite Riding Snack: Packaged Waffles
Favorite Rider: Tony Martin and Jens Voigt
Bio: After starting racing in 2014, Graham has fallen in love with bikes.  Or maybe he just wants to keep up with Joe on the group rides… Either way, Graham brings the comedy and sometimes moral support to every ride, race, and team outing. 

Group Rides

If you’re interested in learning how to ride on the road or in meeting other junior riders in the area, join our Junior Team for a no-drop ride, Friday evenings. Check back soon for an announcement about when our 2015 ride will begin. Visit our Events & Rides page for more details.

 

2015 Races

April 6th-9th: Gapers Block Crits, Calumet Park, Chicago, IL
April 11th: 8th Annual Spring Super Criterium, South Beloit, IL
May 9th: Monsters of the Midway, Chicago IL
May 15th-17th: Fox River Omnium, East Dundee, Elgin and Fox River Grove, IL
May 30th: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, IL
June 5th-7th: Galena Omnium, Galena, IL
July 11th: Winfield Criterium, Winfield, IL

Visit our 2015 Chicagoland Cycling Calendar for details on these and more races this summer.

 

2015 Lincoln Park Criterium Crit LCP Chicago bicycle road racing Higher Gear Joe Pepe Sullivan Gearhead

 

2015 Results

Barry-Roubaix
Juniors – 10th Joe Sullivan
Check out Joe’s race report >>

Lincoln Park Crit
Cat 4 – 6th Joe Sullivan
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Monsters of the Midway
Juniors – 1st Fiona, 3rd Joe Sullivan
Cat 4 – 13th Joe Sullivan
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Monsters of Midway Criterium Crit Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead bike bicycle race racing

 

2014 Results

Gapers Block Crits
Men’s 4/5 – 36th Joe Sullivan

Lincoln Park Criterium
Men’s 4/5 – 43rd Joe Sullivan
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Monsters of the Midway Criterium
Junior’s 15-18 – 5th Joe Sullivan
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Milwaukee Mile Criterium
Juniors 15-18 – 3rd Joe Sullivan
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Glencoe Grand Prix
Juniors 15-18 – 9th Joe Sullivan
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Tour of Galena
Criterium: Junior’s 15-18 – 5th Joe Sullivan
Omnium: Juniors 15-18: 1st Joe Sullivan
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Winfield Criterium
Juniors 15-18 – 2nd Joe Sullivan
Juniors 15-18 – 4th Graham Ikler
Check out Joe’s race report >>

 

Monsters of Midway Criterium Crit Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead bike bicycle race racing

 

 

Stay tuned for more race reports! Stay tuned to this page and to Higher Gear’s Facebook page for updates. Sign up to stay connected with Higher Gear’s weekly newsletter.

 

 

Join Our Junior Team

Join the Junior Team

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  • Please describe your cycling experience.

 

 

 

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