The ICA oversees four disciplines of bike racing in Illinois: road, track, time-trials, and cyclocross. For more general information on those disciplines as well as specific information about races in our area, check out the pages listed below.
The Illinois Cup showcases the best races throughout Illinois. Throughout the spring and summer fall riders from our member racing clubs will have the opportunity to compete in a season-long series to crown the best overall cyclist. Can a few top wins earn the title, or will a solid mid pack rider who makes every race walk away the champion? In the Illinois Cup determination and effort has as good of a chance as raw ability.
ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
Bike racing has been historically dominated by men, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Illinois Cycling Association is dedicated to strengthening the representation of women on the roads, tracks, and trails of Illinois.
Road racing in Illinois consists of three sub-disciplines: road races, criteriums and time-trials. Some road events feature all three disciplines in what is known as an omnium or a stage race.
Track races are contested on a velodrome. Track racing features an interesting mix of sprint and endurance events in which athletes or teams compete in individual or mass-start races.
Cyclocross (or ‘cross or CX) is a fall/winter discipline of bike racing where the closed looped course runs over a mix of terrain including grass, pavement, and dirt.
While the ICA loves mountain biking too, the permitting and governance of mountain bike races falls on the USAC regional coordinator.