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Upcoming Events

You can always check our calendar for upcoming events and races but just in case we don’t have it updated with the latest information you can always check – https://www.usacycling.org/events?state=IL

When possible registration takes place at Bikereg.com – https://www.bikereg.com/events/Illinois-Cycling-Assoc/ILLINOIS/

Officials Clinic Level B and C

Friday, March 22, 2019 – Monday, March 25, 2019
Chicago, IL 60007
Autobahn Spring Criterium

Race Event | Road | Status: Permit in process

Sunday, March 31, 20193895 Centerpoint Way

Joliet, IL 60436
Autobahn Spring Criterium

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, March 31, 20193795 Centerpoint Way, Joliet, IL 60436

LaBagh Woods Practice Crits

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, March 31, 2019 – Tuesday, May 14, 2019Labagh Woods, Chicago, IL 60646

Skyway Classic Criterium Series

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Monday, April 1, 2019 – Thursday, April 4, 2019Calumet Park, Chicago, IL 60617

Rough Road 100 Open

Race Event | Road | Status: Permit in process

Saturday, April 6, 2019211 West Illinois Ave, Morris, IL 60450

Rough Road 100

Race Event | Road | Status: Permit in process

Saturday, April 6, 2019211 West Illinois Ave, Morris, IL 60450

Spring Super Crit

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, April 7, 201915538 Prairie Road, South Beloit, IL 61080

Sylvan Island Stampede XI

Race Event | Mountain | Status: Permitted

Sunday, April 7, 2019Sylvan Island, Moline, IL 61265

USA Cycling Regional Race Director Summit- Chicago, IL

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Sunday, April 28, 201927576 MaeCliff Drive, Warrenville, IL 60555

Lincoln Park Criterium

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, April 28, 2019Chicago, IL 60640

2019 Monsters of the Midway

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Saturday, May 4, 20191212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637 (Midway Plaisance), Chicago, IL 60637

Thursday Night Track Racing

Race Event | Track | Status: Permit in process

Thursday, May 9, 2019 – Thursday, September 5, 20191479 Maple Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062

O’Fallon Grand Prix

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, May 19, 2019201 East State Street, Ofallon, IL 62269

Fox River Omnium

Race Event | Road | Status: Permitted

Sunday, May 19, 2019Fox River Grove, IL 60118

Sprinters Dream Omnium Series

Race Event | Track | Status: Permit in process

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Saturday, July 20, 2019Northbrook, IL 60062

State Criterium Championships – Team Vote

As a part of determining the 2019 State Criterium Championship venue we have decided to hear form all of the teams. Each club/team that is a member of the Illinois Cycling Association is allowed to vote 1 time. Each club should select one member to vote on their behalf. Usually this should be your club or team president/leader, etc. Your choice.

Below is a brief statement from each venue:

Cobb Park, June 2, 2019.  Kankakee, Illinois

The South Chicago Wheelmen are one of the oldest, most respected bicycle teams in Illinois.  Many club members have been with the team for 20 years plus.  Three members are currently, or have recently, sat on the board of the Illinois Cycling Association.  Three members are USAC Officials.

The South Chicago Wheelmen have a long history of hosting bicycle races, averaging four per year: including the two day cyclocross racing at Pheasant Run.

The South Chicago Wheelmen have hosted many State Championship races in their long history: including the first National Cyclocross Championship in 1963.

The South Chicago Wheelmen have cultivated an excellent relationship with the community surrounding Cobb Park.  Many homes turn the event into a holiday and have large parties and cheer on the races.  Former Governor George Ryan lives on the course.

Cobb Park is a lovely park alongside the Kankakee River.  It has many amenities for the whole family making it an ideal place to spend the day.

The .7 mile course is mostly oval with a few “narrowing” spots on the backside.  It is not overtly technical.  It is, essentially, a racers course which favors the strongest rider of the day.  It offers few places to hide and cannot be finessed.  To win at Cobb Park, one must be the best rider of his category: making it an ideal course to crown a State Champion.  “

 

Lake Bluff – July 27

Thank you for the opportunity to state how holding the 2019 ICA IL State Criterium Championships in Lake Bluff, IL on Saturday, July 27, 2019 would be good for Illinois bike racing.  As you know, the Lake Bluff event is part of the Intelligentsia Cup series.  Here are some of the benefits of the Lake Bluff venue:

The Lake Bluff racecourse is tried and true. Several NCC/PRT events have been held on this course.  It is a fast, challenging six-corner course – worthy of the state crit championships.

The Lake Bluff event draws an average of 4,000 to 5,000 spectators each year in good weather, with many lawn parties around the course. A big, lively crowd of spectators makes for better bike racing.

Holding the state crit championships near the end of the crit season is an advantage in that competitors will be in good racing shape then.

Ample food and beverages (ie, beer) will be available in the vibrant Block Party area in Lake Bluff adjacent to the racecourse and live music is also scheduled there after the racing. Kids and adults will enjoy BMX stunt rider Chris Clark who will do several shows in Lake Bluff. So, competitors and family and guests will all have a good time.

Truly excellent first aid facilities are provided at the Lake Bluff venue by Northwestern Medicine, including experienced ER doctors and nurses.

Holding the state crit championships in Lake Bluff serves the Illinois cycling community by providing nearby access to many Illinois racers who live in the Chicago Metro Area and northern Illinois.”

 

Winfield Criterium – Sept 7

Founded over 37 years ago, Athletes by Design originally focused on the development of young junior riders but has now grown to include riders of all ages and abilities, including paracycling.

We host several events throughout the year beginning in January with our indoor time trial series. We also host a 3 day criterium series specifically geared towards masters racing on memorial day weekend, an end of season series known as fall fling which runs over two weekends and includes a circuit race, two criteriums, and a time trial; and our Sunrise park cyclocross race which has been a staple of the Chi-cross cup series for over 10 years.

Our biggest race of the season however has always been the Winfield criterium. For the past 21 years it has been a staple in the Chicagoland area’s road racing calendar and brings to the table a proven venue and top notch production, as well as an ability to integrate riders who are traditionally ABR Criterium racers into the mix as well.

Tied into the Winfield Good Ole Days festival, the Criterium is one of several attractions that brings out crowds and participants of all ages. It’s the perfect backdrop for hosting the State Championship and exposing the community to competitive cycling.

The course itself is very different than the flat, four corner crits commonly found in the Chicagoland area. Consisting of 9 corners, a moderate uphill on the front section of the course, and a fast winding descent before the flat and wide open finishing straight a racer at the Winfield criterium must bring more than just big sprinting legs to the table if they want to win.

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood just east of Oakwood park in Winfield the course offers minimal traffic, ample parking, public transportation from the Winfield Metra station which is located less than a mile from the course, multiple different viewpoints for spectators, and the park itself makes the location extremely family friendly. Families living in the neighborhood have taken a liking to the race as well, often inviting family and friends over to barbecue and watch the race.

Strategically placed on a Saturday the first weekend in September it will be a perfect ending for many rider’s road season or tune up for final races like the Gateway cup. Not being a part of a series also allows us an opportunity to focus on elevating the prestige of each individual State Championship victory.

Please take a minute and vote. We wish to receive all votes by March 22, 2019

Team votes can be placed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/87KQQQP

Officials Clinic

The work of the ICA includes helping to train and retain local officials to help raise the quality of our events as well as helping to keep our overall event promotion costs lower (by using locals). Everyone familiar with our local officials is keenly aware of how talented and capable they are. Unfortunately as time goes by our number of talented local officials drops slowly. To that point we now find ourselves in a bit of a crunch and occasionally have to bring in officials from outside our region to fill gaps we may have.

So we really need to have more people step up to be trained so they can fill those roles for us in the future. Local racing depends on it. It has been the position of the ICA for a long time to encourage every club

A class has been scheduled for the south side of Chicago. The Officials 101-C class will take place Friday March 22 5-9 pm and then continue Saturday 23 8-11 am, attendance is required to both days.  The preliminary location is 3301 Flossmoor Road.  If you are still interested in attending the course please express your interest by using our contact form. If you know of anyone else that may be interested in becoming a cycling official please pass on this information and have them get in contact with me. Thanks.  I look forward to meeting you and then working with you at a race.

There is a Chief Referee Workshop in the same location Sat, March 23, 12-5 PM and Sun, March 24, 8 AM-12 PM. If interested please contact us using this form’s contact page or email us at ilcyclingassocaition@gmail.com

Early 2019 News

We are attempting to test a new process for determining State Championship venues. The process will now include 3 parts – a Committee nominated by members and selected by the board form those nominations, a vote of the board, and votes of the club/team members. We are using this process to determine the 2019 State Criterium Championship venue. As such we are opening up nominations for committee members. We will need enough nominations to allow us to fill the 5 positions.

All nominations must be from a ICA licensed member (if you have a 2019 USA Cycling License that is valid and in good standing and your listed address on that license is Illinois then you are automatically a member of the ICA) in good standing and the nominated individuals must be members also. Please submit your nominations to the ICA via email at ilcyclingassociation@gmail.com

Last year the ICA board voted to shift the terms of some of the officers in an effort to allow gradual change as new officers come on board instead of a completely new board after an election as has happened in the past. It can take a long time to find all of the logins, accounts, information, files, etc so it is easy to understand why that decision was made. What that means is that the election last year for Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President were for 2 year terms and will be up for re-election next year. The position of President (currently held by Robert Curtis) was only a 1 year term. The At-Large position held by Chad Briggs was held over from the previous board and will join the President in being elected in off years.

This means that these two positions are now open for election. Robert and Chad have both expressed that they both would like to serve in those positions again and will run. That being said we are still holding an election and are now stating that this will be the open nomination period for the positions of President and At-Large for the ICA-Board. As above if you are a licensed member of the ICA in good standing you are free to nominate any other member in good standing to run for either position. That member must accept that nomination in order to participate in the election.

As in years before – once the nominations have been made all teams will be allowed to cast a single vote in each race – as a team.

The nomination period for both the committee for State Championships and for the election will be open until Monday 3/4/19.

End of 2018 License Data

It’s that time of year where the racing is officially done and many are looking for data to reflect on or provide perspective sponsors. We’ve wrestled up some data from the USA Cycling Rider Database to pass along. As with all data – the devil is in the details. If you have any questions please feel free to forward them on to us using the contact form on this website.

Total Licensed (IL) Female Male Junior Elite Masters
Total 1933 281 1652 210 502 1221
Teams
*Unattached* 808 83 725 79 223 506
xXx Racing 79 18 61 3 22 54
The Pony Shop 72 14 58 46 3 23
PSIMET Racing 69 18 51 8 15 46
INTENT 53 8 45 1 17 35
The Cyclery Racing Team 32 9 23 0 10 22
Bloomington Cycle Racing Team 31 2 29 1 2 28
Half Acre Cycling 30 10 20 0 13 17
Vision Quest Coaching 29 3 26 0 0 29
Team Bicycle Heaven 28 2 26 2 8 18
Spidermonkey Cycling 27 7 20 0 7 20
UPB Cycling 25 7 18 9 0 16
ABD Cycling Club 25 1 24 3 3 19
Union Cycling Team 23 6 17 0 8 15
Main Street Bicycles Sasquatch Squadron 21 3 18 4 5 12
Sammy’s Racing 19 7 12 15 3 1
Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD 18 1 17 1 3 14
Korte Hammer Down Racing 18 1 17 1 5 12
Peoria Bicycle Club 17 3 14 0 0 17
BFF Bikes 16 16 0 8 8
Burnham Racing 15 15 0 0 15
Tower Racing 14 14 0 1 13
Polish & Slavic FCU International Cycling Team 14 2 12 0 3 11
Club Bicicletta 14 3 11 4 0 10
F3 Cycling p/b 7 Mile Cycles 13 1 12 3 1 9
Velosmith Bicycle Studio 13 13 0 1 12
SRAM Factory 13 13 0 4 9
Bonkers Cycling 12 1 11 0 10 2
Team Veloz 12 2 10 2 10 0
Comrade Cycles Racing 11 4 7 0 7 4
Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association (PAMBA) 11 3 8 5 1 5
Wild Card Cycling 11 2 9 0 2 9
Plus One Cycling 11 1 10 1 3 7
South Chicago Wheelmen 10 10 0 3 7
Spin Doctor Cyclewerks Cycling Club 10 1 9 0 1 9
RAPHA CYCLING CLUB 10 2 8 1 2 7
The Chainlink 9 9 0 1 8
EMC2 / Elmhurst Masters 8 2 6 0 1 7
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 8 8 0 8 0
Pact- DISH Network Cycling 8 2 6 0 0 8
Wolfpack Bike Racing 8 8 0 0 8
Chicago Cuttin Crew 8 3 5 0 4 4
Cycling Republic Racing Team 7 7 0 2 5
Indiana University-Bloomington 7 1 6 0 7 0
Plus Cycling Team 7 7 1 1 5
Flatlandia Cycling Team 7 7 0 1 6
Scarlet Fire 7 7 0 1 6
Wheelfast Cycling Team 6 6 0 2 4
ASU Junior Development 6 6 4 2 0
Team Got Wind? 6 1 5 2 2 2
Midwest Masters Cycling Team 5 2 3 0 0 5
Northwestern University 5 1 4 0 5 0
KLiCK Cycling 5 5 0 3 2
Team Wisconsin 5 2 3 1 3 1
Mox Multisport 5 1 4 0 2 3
Beverly Bike 5 5 0 2 3
Northbrook Bicycle Club, Inc. 5 5 0 1 4
Colavita Racing, Inc. 5 1 4 0 0 5
Heckawee 4 4 0 0 4
Schellers Evansville Racing 4 4 0 2 2
Tread Head Cycling 4 4 0 1 3
Skunkworks Racing 4 4 0 1 3
Ten27 Cycling Club 4 4 0 0 4
SLF Motion 4 4 0 3 1
DIRTy Squirrels Racing 4 1 3 0 1 3
George Garner Cyclery Track Team 4 4 0 1 3
Tuxedo Thunder Cycling 4 1 3 0 2 2
Chicago Womens Elite Cycling 4 3 1 0 3 1
Bouledogue Tout Noir 4 1 3 0 0 4
Intelligentsia-Allied 4 4 0 0 4
ChristianCycling.org 3 3 2 0 1
University of Chicago 3 1 2 0 2 1
CDF Velo 3 3 1 0 2
Little Ade’s 3 3 0 0 3
Wheel Fast Racing 3 3 0 0 3
Kenosha Velosport Cycling 3 2 1 3 0 0
Friends of Off-Road Cycling (FORC) 3 3 0 1 2
MSN Pro Coaching 2 2 0 0 2
Franco Factory Racing 2 2 0 0 2
Trek-Verge Racing 2 2 1 0 1
Alumnus Project 2 2 0 2 0
Bike Haven Race Team 2 2 1 0 1
Major Taylor Development Team 2 1 1 0 0 2
Morning Bird Studio 2 2 0 0 2
Rule # 5  Nick’s Cycling/Mennen Plumbing 2 2 0 0 2
Quantum Solutions Racing 2 2 0 2 0
Tenspeed Hero 2 1 1 0 0 2
Paniagua Cycling 2 2 0 0 2
The Bonebell 2 2 1 0 1
Billy Goat Racing Team 2 2 1 0 1
Momentum Racing LLC – MO 2 2 0 1 1
Project Echelon Racing 2 2 0 2 0
Region Racing 2 2 0 0 2
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2 2 0 2 0
FloridaVelo 1 1 0 0 1
Whole Wheel Velo Club 1 1 0 1 0
Velocity Racing 1 1 0 0 1
Montana State University 1 1 0 1 0
Twin Six 1 1 0 0 1
ZENBERRYMIX.COM 1 1 0 0 1
USA Cycling Coaches 1 1 0 0 1
GP Velotek 1 1 0 0 1
West Town Bikes 1 1 1 0 0
Colorado State University 1 1 0 1 0
Lindsey Wilson College 1 1 0 1 0
St. Nicholas Brewing Company Cycling Club 1 1 0 0 1
Palomino American Cyclocross 1 1 0 1 0
Stanford University 1 1 0 1 0
Lindenwood University 1 1 0 1 0
BELGIANWERKX 1 1 0 0 1
Velo Force 1 1 0 1 0
Pete’s Garage Racing 1 1 0 0 1
Bike Law Cycling Club 1 1 0 0 1
Alberto\’s Sport 1 1 0 0 1
Seattle Race Club 1 1 0 1 0
Team Oakland Cycling 1 1 0 0 1
Peace Cycling Performance 1 1 0 1 0
Team Switchback 1 1 0 0 1
Marian University 1 1 0 1 0
Kentucky Flyers Cycling Inc 1 1 0 0 1
Dogfish/Team Noah 1 1 0 0 1
Bissell/ABG Cycling Club 1 1 0 1 0
First Internet Bank Cycling 1 1 0 1 0
TeamODZ 1 1 0 0 1
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1 1 0 1 0
Macomb Area Cycling MTB Club 1 1 1 0 0
US Military Endurance Sports 1 1 0 0 1
Force Power Racing 1 1 0 0 1
Velo Club Roubaix Inc / VCR 1 1 0 0 1
Neff Cycle Service 1 1 0 1 0
Velocause Centraal Cycling 1 1 1 0 0
Headwind Cycling 1 1 0 0 1
Evolution Cycling Club 1 1 0 0 1
Belmont Abbey College 1 1 0 1 0
Wake Forest University 1 1 0 1 0
Main Street Elite p/b Main Street Bicycles 1 1 0 1 0
Western Illinois University 1 1 0 1 0
The Velo Ambassador Team 1 1 0 1 0
Zubaz Racing 1 1 0 1 0
Gateway Harley-Davidson 1 1 0 0 1
Case Western Reserve University 1 1 0 1 0
Lake Geneva Youth Cycling 1 1 0 0 1
Wolverine Sports Club 1 1 0 0 1
Ruckus Racing Project 1 1 0 0 1
Tulane University of Louisiana 1 1 0 1 0
Ames Velo 1 1 0 1 0
Bahati Foundation 1 1 0 0 1
Pastaria – Big Shark Racing 1 1 0 0 1

 

Event Permits By Team (By Permit Number – not race days)

Team Road / Crit Time Trial Track Cyclocross Mtb Fondo Total
Northbrook Cycle Committee 8 8
Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association (PAMBA) 7 7
South Chicago Wheelmen 2 1 1 4
xXx Racing 1 2 3
Peoria Bicycle Club 1 2 3
PSIMET Racing 2 1 3
Scarlet Fire 2 1 3
Half Acre Cycling 1 1 2
The Cyclery Racing Team 2 2
Wheelfast Cycling Team 2 2
Bloomington Cycle Racing Team 1 1 2
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2 2
ABD Cycling Club 1 1 2
Wild Card Cycling 1 1 2
Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD 1 1
University of Chicago 1 1
Main Street Bicycles Sasquatch Squadron 1 1
Team Bicycle Heaven 1 1
Northbrook Bicycle Club Inc. 1 1
Beverly Bike 1 1
Comrade Cycles Racing 1 1
Spidermonkey Cycling 1 1
Macomb Area Cycling MTB Club 1 1
SRAM Factory 1 1
Glencoe Educational Foundation 1 1
Chicago Cuttin Crew 1 1

 

Clubs/Teams Who Were Not Listed as Primary Club on any Permit in 2018

Team Name  Riders
The Pony Shop 72
Vision Quest Coaching 29
Union Cycling Team 23
Sammy’s Racing 19
BFF Bikes 16
Burnham Racing 15
Club Bicicletta 14
Polish & Slavic FCU International Cycling Team 14
Tower Racing 14
F3 Cycling p/b 7 Mile Cycles 13
Velosmith Bicycle Studio 13
Bonkers Cycling 12
Team Veloz 12
Plus One Cycling 11
Spin Doctor Cyclewerks Cycling Club 10
The Chainlink 9
Pact- DISH Network Cycling 8
Wolfpack Bike Racing 8
Cycling Republic Racing Team 7
Flatlandia Cycling Team 7
Plus Cycling Team 7
ASU Junior Development 6
Team Got Wind? 6
KLiCK Cycling 5
Midwest Masters Cycling Team 5
Mox Multisport 5
Northwestern University 5
Chicago Womens Elite Cycling 4
DIRTy Squirrels Racing 4
George Garner Cyclery Track Team 4
Heckawee 4
Intelligentsia-Allied 4
Skunkworks Racing 4
SLF Motion 4
Ten27 Cycling Club 4
Tuxedo Thunder Cycling 4
CDF Velo 3
Little Ade’s 3
Wheel Fast Racing 3
Morning Bird Studio 2
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2
Tenspeed Hero 2
The Bonebell 2
Alberto\’s Sport 1
Force Power Racing 1
St. Nicholas Brewing Company Cycling Club 1
Velo Club Roubaix Inc / VCR 1
West Town Bikes 1
Western Illinois University 1

*Teams missing from the permit list and the non-permit list most likely were listed on a clinic or non competitive permit for 2018.