Category Archives: News
ICA BOARD MEETING 5-11-2022 IS CANCELLED
Due to a complete lack of new business, officiating the Skyway and other we are going to cancel the tonight’s board meeting . If you have any business that you would like for the us to consider before the June meeting then please contact us here.
Illinois Cycling Association Promoter Meeting 2-13-2022 @ 12:30pm
Join us on February 13, 2022 to shop at the Chicago Bike Swap then attend the ICA Promoters meeting at 12:30pm to get information on Illinois ‘cycling’ everything!
The Chicago Winter Bike Swap will be held at Kane County Fairgrounds 525 S. Randall Road Saint Charles IL 60174, inside the Prairie Event Center. https://www.chicagowinterbikeswap.com Enter through the main doors at the center on the north side of the building
- what does the ICA have planned for 2022? (Illinois Cup, State Championships)
- USAC updates, including how to become an official!
- an opportunity to speak with fellow promoters, a chance to get a sneak peak on the events they are promoting and a great time to network to host a race of your own!
Details and agenda will be updated soon!
If you can’t join in person, please join by Zoom. Link to be updated soon!
Chicago Winter Bike Swap – 2/13/2022
Click the link below for more information –
Chicago Winter Bike Swap
February 13, 2022 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tonight’s ICA Board Meeting rescheduled for 12/15/2021 8pm
12/8 ICA board meeting has been rescheduled for 12/15 @ 8pm.
MTN Bike State Champs just crowned!
Congratulations to all who participated!
State Champions in each category are listed in the Mountain Bike Tab under RACING…
2021 Early News
Let’s start by saying that any racing that is planned for 2021 is being done so “tentatively” at best.
Applications are now available for 2021 State Championships. If you are interested in hosting a State Championship this year then please apply. The current deadline for applications is by our board meeting on Tuesday March 9, 2021. That deadline may be extended, by discipline, if we don’t receive any applications.
The 2021 Illinois State Cyclocross Championships will be contested on Saturday October 2, 2021 at the Pumpkin Hop Cross (#resurgenCX2021) at Roy Roberts Park, Beardstown, IL 62618. The race is a 2 day event but State Championships will be contested on the first day – Saturday – to help avoid conflicts with Sunday race series out of St Louis and Chicago.
From the promoter – Nathan Carls – “Wheel Fast Cycling Team is privileged to be hosting the Illinois State Cyclocross Championship in 2021 at Pumpkin Hop Cross, in Beardstown, Illinois. The championship races will run on Saturday, October 2nd, the first of two days of racing. In addition to the 6 daytime runnings, Pumpkin Hop Cross has also hosted 4 years of night races, and at the moment is planning on a fifth year! These will commence in the final hours of the day once the sun has set on the State Champs. Free camping will be available at Roy Roberts Park on Saturday night, with racers rising to a new dawn of racing on Sunday the 3rd, when a cross-series day will unfold. Points will be awarded for both the Heart of Illinois Cyclocross Series (HICX), and the St. Louis area-based Bubba Memorial Cyclocross Series. A beautiful geographical mash-up in the heart of our great state! We’re excited and delighted to be hosting the state races this year. And what a culmination this could be, as great promise is in on the horizon. We are full of optimism for the summer and fall months and will continue to persevere. Today’s announcement from the Illinois Cycling Association has just made the light at the end of the tunnel that much brighter!”
Pumpkin Hop Cross was the only application received for the 2020 season and was awarded the Championship then but was not formally announced. Because racing was cancelled last year their bid and award was carried over to 2021.
We need individuals to serve on the State Championship Selection Committee. We need 5. Please let us know by emailing the ICA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three years ago the ICA Board split up elections for board positions so that we could eliminate having a completely new board that has to start from scratch after elections. As such 2 of the 5 positions are up for election this year: President – currently held by Robert Curtis, and At-Large – currently held by Chad Briggs. Nominations are open now. Submit nominations in writing to email@example.com . In order to save time please confirm the individual you nominate is interested in filling the role before you nominate them. Self-Nominations are acceptable. Nominations will be accepted on our monthly call Tuesday February 9 at 8:00pm CST (details– zoom link). Nominations will close by the subsequent meeting – Mar 9, 2021 08:00 PM. Voting – Each team registered with the ICA receives 1 vote for each office. Voting will be conducted the following week and results announced by or before our meeting Apr 13, 2021 08:00 PM.
Robert Curtis is planning to run for the position again but would like to say, “I love the sport and if I’m the best person to keep advocating for it then I am happy and honored to keep doing so. If there is someone out there who can dedicate more time, or thinks they’d do a better job then I’d welcome them to run as well. I want what’s best for all of us whether or not that’s me and I will help make that a reality either way.”
Chad Briggs feels similar about his position, “I would be willing to run again if there are no other candidates. I do enjoy organizing the IL Cup, but willing to defer to someone coming in with new ideas and enthusiasm for carrying that on.”
2021 ICA Board Meetings
The ICA has monthly meetings to discuss topics pertinent to USA Cycling sanctioned racing in Illinois. The meetings and agendas will be posted here and on the calendar. Everyone is welcome to join these meetings.
We aim to archive these meeting notes, along with any other pertinent meeting notes to ensure transparency and encourage participation and public knowledge of our process.
2021 ICA Meeting Schedule
Starting in NOVEMBER, the ICA Meeting will be held on the:
2nd Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm via Zoom
2nd Tuesday of every Month via Zoom 8:00pm
Illinois Cycling Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: ICA Public Monthly Board Meetings
Time: 8:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Sep 14, 2021 08:00 PM
Oct 12, 2021 08:00 PM
Nov 9, 2021 08:00 PM
December 8 Postponed Rescheduled for Dec 15, 2021 08:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 848 0239 5579
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,84802395579#,,,,*312847# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,84802395579#,,,,*312847# US (New York)
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 848 0239 5579
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd7jEdR4QY
Illinois Cup Update – July 2019
*** The Illinois Cup is drawing to a close with the last race being the Elgin Road Race which takes place on 7/21 and is a part of the Intelligentsia Cup. Illinois Cup director Chad Briggs took a moment to sum up some of the close competition that is still going on in many of the categories. Stop out and put your best effort in or watch the competition come to a close as we celebrate the season’s efforts with final Illinois Cup Presentations at the Elgin Race in real time. ***
The Jr Boys 17-18 category features a tight race with Alex Tantasook (xXx Racing) and Sam Cummins (The Pony Shop) in a tie for first place with 50 points each. Ethan Hansen and Julian Mejia (Team Veloz), however, are also within striking distance of winning the IL Cup with 36 points each.
The Masters 40-49 category standings are very tight with 6 riders still in contention for the Cup: Jason Knauff (Burnham Racing) is in the lead with 77 points, followed closely by Jose Rodriguez (INTENT, 71 pts), Rick Schopp (INTENT, 66 pts), Mark Nowack (Franco Factory Racing, 61 pts), Nate Iden (Burnham Racing, 58 pts), and Tim Strelecki (Franco Factory Racing, 52 pts).
In the Masters 50+ category, Aaron Katin (Burnham Racing) leads Dean Abt (xXx Racing) by 22 points with 25 points up for grabs to the winner of the Denis Jurs Memorial State Championship Road Race in Elgin.
Three riders are in contention for the Women 4 Cup: Margaret McGill (105 pts) and BFF Bikes teammate Donais Deetz (85 pts) lead, but Jacqueline Wunrow (The Bike Hub) is in a close third with 84 points.
In the Women’s 1/2 Category, Katherine Isermann (PSIMET Racing) has the IL Cup sown up, but there is a battle for the other two podium spots between Francine Haas (PACT, 76 pts) and PSIMET Racing teammates Allison Schroeder (71 pts) and Leah Sanda (61 pts).
The Men’s Category 3 Cup is wide open: First and second place are currently occupied by Craig Kielbasa (75 pts) and Ryan Beeson (University of Illinois, 63 pts), but both riders have upgraded to Category 2 and are no longer eligible to earn points. That leaves the IL Cup up for grabs among three riders who are closely behind: Kurt Druffel (Waukesha Animal Hospital Cycling, 62 pts), Chase Negley (60 pts) and Dominic Lopez (xXx Racing, 56 pts).
The Men’s 1/2 Category comes down to Michael Lanyon (Burnham Racing, 88 pts) and Craig Kielbasa (72.5 pts) who upgraded from Category 3 mid-season and promptly won his first race (the Region Riot Criterium) as a Category 2 rider.
2019 State Criterium Championships Voting Results
A new system was used to determine our State Championship Criterium. The full explanation as well as all of the votes and comments are included below. To save time the final result is that the Winfield Criterium has won the voting.
Committee Vote (5 votes total): Winfield 4, Cobb 1, Lake Bluff 0
Board Vote (1.5 votes): Winfield 1/2, Cobb 0, Lake Bluff 1
Team Vote (3 votes total): Winfield 4, Cobb 6, Lake Bluff 1
Total vote Count: Winfield 4.5 , Cobb 4, Lake Bluff 1
Continue reading for the full story.
The system of voting used to determine the outcome for the 2019 State Criterium Championships is a pilot program designed to test revising the existing system of selection. Main focus of revision was to achieve the following:
- Make the selection a transparent process. All votes are public.
- Helps everyone see how the voting developed and see that the decision was made through general trend and majority – not through special purpose or agenda.
- Allows for a simple record to direct others to in the future when they question race selections
- Allows promoters of all races to begin to understand what the racers and the committee and board finds beneficial in a State Championship Race.
- Involves the voice of the ridership
- Makes all of the information regarding all of the possible choices available to all members and allows all teams to vote to have their opinion heard.
- Takes the decision out of the hands of a few and places it into the hands of many.
The vote is made up of separate voting structures that allocate points to each race.
- Selection Committee
- More traditional system of nominated individual association members that work to review and discuss the races individually and make a decision
- Required to vote as individuals while providing justification for their votes.
- Each of their votes counts as a single full vote to the race each member selects.
- ICA Board
- Members that do not recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest with any of the races are allowed to vote
- Each board vote counts for 1/2 of a vote
- Team Vote
- Each team is allowed to vote 1 time.
- The race with the majority of team votes is selected as the “Team Selection”
- That Team Selected race receives 3 total votes
- Committee Vote
- Maria Larkin – Chicago Cuttin’ Crew – Winfield Criterium (1 Vote)
- Cobb Park, Lake Bluff and Winfield are great races and are put on by stellar teams and have made for a tough decision which we debated over two calls. Lake Bluff was ruled out early due to it’s participation in the Intelli Cup series, which already hosts the road state championships. We had heard push back from many racers on the impact of outside racers on the IL state champs. We also did not want the series to have a monopoly on state championship races. Considering the excellent course, quality competition and party atmosphere, we did not think that Lake Bluff would be adversely affected by not being awarded the crit state champs. That left us with Cobb and Winfield. Initially my vote was for Cobb based on it’s central Illinois location, the excellent SCW production and it’s affordability, Cobb Park is also benefiting from being an IL Cup race. Upon further deliberation I believe that all these reasons will ensure that Cobb Park is a well attended race in 2019 irregardless of if they host the state championships. I think that in the interest of getting encouraging attendance of more racers at more races I will be voting for Winfield Crit. While the late date on the calendar is one factor that gives me pause, I believe that Winfield will would benefit the most from hosting the state championships and have the best venue and race course to encourage dynamic and exciting racing. As a lower attended race in 2018 I believe bestowing the Crits Champs will boost their attendance and hopefully mean that we will see a Winfield crit in 2020 and beyond. The length of the season is long, but with five months between the start and the end of the season, that give enough time for people to peak for early season races, recover and then peak again coming into Memorial weekend and the final race of the season.
- Bill Barnes – PSIMET Racing – Winfield Criterium (1 Vote)
- I voted based on three main points of view: Promoter reputation/quality of “putting on an event”: While all three are well respected and experienced promoters, the nature of Lake Bluff’s being part of Intelligentsia cup would no doubt mean it comes with more fanfare and technical support. Course quality: Course quality is obviously subjective. I find the elevation change, and proximity to festivities at Winfield to be something a little more special than the others. Lake Bluff being part of a series could be considered either a negative or a positive, again, being subjective. Cobb Park is a fun course, but not as fun to race as Winfield in my opinion. Timeliness and how it fits into the season: Each of these has an advantage as far as the date goes, depending on your point of view. They are spread out over the peak months of the season, so the only one with a potential disadvantage in my mind is Lake Bluff – and not because of the race date itself – but because it’s compressing both the State road race, and the State Criterium championship into an already targeted week of racing (The Intelligentsia Cup). To me, it feels like it makes that week of racing more important than the rest of the season, and I would rather see racers have multiple chances to fight for a title throughout the season, even if it’s just separated by a few weeks.
- Lisa Hilleren – BFF Bikes – Cobb Park Criterium (1 Vote)
- Cobb Park, Lake Bluff, and Winfield are all great races and are put on by excellent teams. This certainly made it a difficult decision which the committee debated over two calls. Lake Bluff was ruled out early due to its participation in the Intelligentsia Cup series, which already hosts the road state championships. We had heard push back from many racers on the impact of outside racers on the IL state champs. We also did not want the series to have a monopoly on state championship races. Considering the excellent course, quality competition and party atmosphere, we did not think that Lake Bluff would be adversely affected by NOT being awarded the crit state champs. When it came to be time to choose between Winfield and Cobb Park, I was very torn. Both have unique advantages and great race atmospheres. My ultimate decision ended up being 100% about when in the season the races fall. I think Winfield and Cobb are both great venues and put on by great teams, but I think Winfield is just too late in the season. There are a number of folks who would be interested and in contention for state that are also geared up right now to race the early season April races. I know from my own race experience last year that trying to race in September when you geared up for April is very, very difficult. A June race gives folks time to plan a build if they want to and a fair shake to people who are also hitting the early season. Perhaps with more notice to racers going forward a September race would be more acceptable to me, but I think doing that this year doesn’t give people the chance to be fully informed when making their season plan. This is in addition to my own personal extreme mental fatigue when I think about racing a highly competitive race the week after Gateway Cup. I definitely think Winfield is a great course and would be worthy of a state championship, but the timing of events in this particular year has made Winfield a less ideal choice for the state championship in 2019.
- Anna Affias – Spidermonkey Cycling – Winfield Criterium (1 Vote)
- Before joining the IL Crit State Championship Committee, I anticipated choosing an IL State Championship crit race would be fairly easy. However, after much debate, turns out, narrowing it down to just one race was far too hard. Therefore, my proposal would be to allow each race to run as their own separate IL State Championship. JK. JK. JK. In all honesty, it was a really hard decision. Lake Bluff, Cobb Park, and Winfield are all great races in their own regards and each bring unique factors to the table. That said, Lake Bluff was the easiest to eliminate off the bat as we wouldn’t want both road State Championship titles given out in the same series. The real debate came down to Cobb Park and Winfield. While my initial vote was for Cobb Park, after numerous discussions with the committee, it became apparent that while both are great courses ran by respected teams, choosing Winfield as the State Championship race might help bring their numbers up and protect us from losing another race in our community. This is definitely a gamble, as we know numbers at Cobb will likely be down this year (due to loss of Glencoe racers in town), but we figured it’s our duty to give it a try. On top of trying to boost numbers, the Winfield Crit is set on a dynamic course that provides excitement for both racers and spectators alike. Therefore, my final vote for the IL State Championship race is with Winfield.
- Andrew Zens – Burnham Racing – Winfield Criterium (1 Vote)
- It will result in more people on bikes more often. Extension of season. Best course
- Maria Larkin – Chicago Cuttin’ Crew – Winfield Criterium (1 Vote)
- ICA Board Vote
- Robert Curtis – President – PSIMET Racing – Winfield Criterium (1/2 Vote)
- I love all three of these races. It was not an easy choice. I chose Winfield because I believe the later date int he calendar will help to start to reverse the trend we have been having of ending the road season at the end of July. I also selected it because the ABD club has been an anchor in local racing for a long time but has not been hosting as many USA Cycling sanctioned races, choosing ABR instead for many different reasons. While it was common for most in the road racing community to have deep knowledge of both sanctioning bodies and therefore heavy attendance at all races regardless I have felt that has not been the case for quite some time. ABD has made repeated efforts to help bring USA Cycling and its racers back to its events and honestly I think we in the USA Cycling community of racers have really fallen short. I personally believe the time has come for us to re-unite our racing communities and show our love and appreciation for these promoters by having their race represent what we feel to be the pinnacle of criterium racing for racers in our state. While I am gutted that by choosing Winfield I must also NOT choose Cobb Park and Lake Bluff. I trust though that everyone involved in all of these races understands that I view all of them as critically important to the racing community here in Illinois.
- Michael Kelly – Vice President – South Chicago Wheelmen – Abstain (0 Vote)
- Michael is currently a member in good standing of the South Chicago Wheelmen team – the named promoter of Cobb Park. As such he has decided not to participate in the vote.
- Brenda Feehery – Tresurer – ICA – Abstain (0 Vote)
- Although not technically on the team Brenda’s husband is a member of SCW – the team promoting Cobb Park. Brenda often helps with the race and therefore decided not to participate in the vote
- Kevin Pietka – Secretary – CWEC – Lake Bluff Criterium (1/2 Vote)
- I believe it is the best run race of the 3 options as well as the highest attended. We have always struggled with State Championship attendance when the race has been small or distant from Chicago. Lake Bluff is close to Chicago and is a large event with large turnout. I feel this will give the best option for large turnout as well as a challenging course.
- Chad Briggs – At Large – Christian Cycling – Lake Bluff Criterium (1/2 Vote)
- Robert Curtis – President – PSIMET Racing – Winfield Criterium (1/2 Vote)
- Team Voting – (3 Total Votes to majority winner)
- The Cyclery – Cobb Park Criterium
- Tower Racing – Cobb Park Criterium
- PSIMET Racing – Winfield Criterium
- Wølfpack Bike Racing – Winfield Criterium
- Midwest Masters Cycling Team – Winfield Criterium
- 1. great, challenging crit course 2. long standing crit venue 3. ABD always presents a classy event for both riders & spectators.
- Bloomington Cycle and Fitness – Cobb Park Criterium
- CDF Cycling – Winfield Criterium
- Lake Bluff is awesome, however since it’s part of a series, there will be lots of out of state racers and that can “mess up” the results in terms of how the race plays out, etc.
- xXx Racing – Cobb Park Criterium
- While we would love to change it up from previous years, we aren’t keen on having both the State RR and Crit as part of Intelli. That said, the Lake Bluff course is a great one. Winfield would be a great courses well, but that’s too late in the season with CX dropping/burnout, etc.
- Spidermonkey Cycling – Lake Bluff Criterium
- Chicago Cuttin’ Crew – Cobb Park Criterium
- Although all the listed venues are amazing, we as a team voted in favor of Cobb Park.
- BFF Bikes – Cobb Park Criterium
Teams who didn’t vote:
- ASU Junior Development
Bike Surgeon Cycling built by The Korte Company
Bouledogue Tout Noir
Chicago Womens Elite Cycling
Comrade Cycles Racing
DIRTy Squirrels Racing
EMC2 / Elmhurst Masters
George Garner Cyclery Track Team
Half Acre Cycling
Main Street Bicycles Sasquatch Squadron
Northbrook Bicycle Club Inc.
Northbrook Cycle Committee
Pact- DISH Network Cycling
Peoria Bicycle Club
Plus Cycling Team
Polish & Slavic FCU International Cycling Team
Team Bicycle Heaven
Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD
Team World Bicycle Relief
Ten27 Cycling Club
Tuxedo Thunder Cycling
Union Cycling Team
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Velo Club Roubaix Inc / VCR
Vision Quest Coaching
Wheel Fast Racing
Wild Card Cycling