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Love Thy Local Trail System

Love Thy Local Trail System

As a Chicago based team, mountain bike riding can be quite the challenge.  Our nearest trails are in Willow Springs at the Palos Forest Preserve.  Here's a fun fact, there are people that build and maintain them for our enjoyment!  They are CAMBr, the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers, and these volunteers giving their time and effort are the reason we have these trails to ride. 

So perhaps you ride regularly or were convinced to take your cx bike to give a it try a few times, in either case you know that when you go, you just park and ride.  No fee for parking or trail pass to purchase.  What a world!  Well here is our pitch:  support the work CAMBr is doing by becoming a member (basic is $35).  CLICK THIS LINK  

Trees fall and they clear em, berms created, and trails fixed (when those bad peeps ride them while wet and create terrible ruts).  In the last year alone, major developments on a new trail, Stonehouse, further connecting and extending the current system have taken place.  Check it out on this new map.   They also host training rides, kids days, plan trips to other trails systems, as well as host the Palos Meltdown race.  Side note: you can also throw in some muscle on work days, create those trails you ride!  

We all know those nights spent staring at the radar are just as filled with days riding.  So take a few minutes and a few dollars and become a member.  Increasing the numbers also shows the powers that be how important these trails are to the cycling community and that our numbers are large.  This helps fortify the case that bike trails are good and should not be nixed.

Thank you for joining.  We look forward to seeing you out there.  Just make sure to check the conditions first. 

 Look at this fun stretch of Stonehouse.   How do think those rocks got there?  And look at this fallen tree on Turf, who is gonna clear it out? 

Look at this fun stretch of Stonehouse.   How do think those rocks got there?  And look at this fallen tree on Turf, who is gonna clear it out? 

3 Days, 3 Trails, 3 Words Each

A Memorial Day weekend ride report.

  • Alpine Valley - Elkhorn, WI
    • turns, chipmunks, climbing
  • John Muir, Kettle Moraine - Whitewater, WI
    • rocks, hikers, flying insects
  • Palos Forest Preserve - Willow Springs, IL
    • roots, two-way traffic, bbq's

Side notes:  Rode with several rad ladies, I'm always learning.  Copious amounts of ice cream enjoyed after each ride, as it should be.

~Erica C.

 

Skyway Classic Thursday Roundup

We made it to the last night!

Prelim results for the Thursday HERE.

Video by racer Jason Ward of the last Cat 5 race HERE.  Big thanks for him sharing and posting for all.

More stellar pics by the wonderful Ronit Bezalel HERE.

Omnium results and wrap up coming soon.

 

 

Skyway Classic Wednesday Roundup

Specialized brought some bikes for everyone to ogle at between their races.  Fat bikes (kind-a fitting for the rain) and women's road bikes.  Two ladies got to race super sweet steeds, what a treat!!!

Preliminary results can be found HERE.

The third video from Jason Ward of the Cat 5 race HERE.

Any pics feel free to tag as #skyway classic, #halfacrecycling

We made it through all the races and the constant rain with the rubber side down, phew!  One more night to go.

Skyway Classic Tuesday Roundup

Preliminary results HERE.  Please review and email with any questions, we've got gaps!  Results will be uploaded to USAC on Friday.

Get a glimpse of riding in the Cat 5 race #2 HERE, by rider Jason Ward.

A little worry with the weather, but racing took place to the fullest!