Photo Credit: Ethan Glading

Without a doubt these races stand as the crown jewels 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, where 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.

THE 2017 ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES

Criterium: SUN 6/4 – Cobb Park (South Chicago Wheelmen)
Road Race: SUN 7/16 – Wintrust Willow Springs Road Race
(Tower Racing, part of Intelligentsia Cup p/b SRAM)
Time Trial: SAT 8/12 – Scarlet Fire Racing (Paw Paw TT Course)
Mountain Bike*: SAT 9/8 & SUN 9/9 – Jersey Presentation @ Wildlife Wild
Cyclocross: SUN 12/3 Ten 27 Cycling Club & Spidermonkey Cycling / Montrose Harbor
Track:
6/17 and 6/18: Juniors to be held at Kenosha
7/29: Masters (rain date 7/30)
8/12 and 8/13: Timed Event State Championship (rain dates 8/26 and/or 8/27)
8/17: Keirin State Championship
8/25: Points Race State Championship
8/31: Madison State Championship

* The Illinois State Mountain Bike Championship is NOT a one day event. It is a series comprised of 11 total races with competitors using their 5 best finishes in order to determine the State Championship winners, which are not finalized until the Wildlife Wild in September.  The nine races in the series are: 4/23: Illiniwek (FORC); 5/7 Spring Lake Classic (MACMTBC); 5/21:  Black Partridge Open (PAMBA); 6/11 The Thrilla in Marilla (CICA); 6/25:Sunderbruch FORC Side Thrill Ride(FORC); 7/9: Farmdale Frenzy (PAMBA); 7/23 Mud Sweat & Gears (CORBA); 8/13  Clash at the Camp (CIMBA); 8/20: Kickapoo Fat Tire Festival (KMBC); 9/8-9/9 Wildlife Wild (final awards) (PAMBA).