Without a doubt these races stand as the crown jewel during the cycling season. Designed to be prime examples of their respective disciplines the championship courses are challenging and exciting to say the least. Teams and riders will throw everything at these races as reputations can be cemented instantly and a win can be paydirt for a sponsor. A win earns the winning rider the right to wear the championship jersey for the coming year and of course includes a suitcase of bragging rights. The competition is intense and though only Illinois-registered cyclists are eligible for the state title, an opportunistic out-of-state rider will often try for the upset. Every year these races never fail to deliver some of the best racing to be had.
IL State Championship Eligibility
- You must hold an annual USAC license.
- Yes, you may become eligible by purchasing one on the day of the race.
- You must be a resident of Illinois.
- Your USA Cycling license must show an Illinois address. (This will be verified with a valid State ID such as a drivers license.)
- UCI Men’s Trade Team I and II members are not eligible.
- You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Juniors are only eligible for junior championships in the junior age group stated on their licenses.
- Masters-aged riders are eligible for championships in any masters or elite race for which their racing age is the one given or older.
- Masters-aged riders shall specify the championship for which they are competing (30+, 35+, etc) in races with multiple championships available. As an example: Masters 50+ race. Championship available for 50+, 60+. Rider must specify before which championship they are racing for.
- Riders who are ineligible for the state championship but of the appropriate age and category may enter and compete for prizes.
- IL riders meeting the criteria of the IL Cup may also race for IL Cup points.
State Championship Jerseys will be awarded to the first IL rider, meeting the IL State Championship Eligibility requirements, in races that 1) have a full podium and 2) where as the first IL rider (state champion) has beaten at least one other rider.