Race Preview: Willow Springs Road Race p/b Tower Racing

Jul 22
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The next stop of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series and The Pave Liga is Wednesday, July 23rd.  The race is presented by Tower Racing, who I am sure will be out en masse.  This is right in their backyard!

  • Course:  Here’s a course map.  A 9.8 mile loop, with the main feature a little stair step climb to the finish (assuming they use the usual start/finish).  Otherwise the course is pretty flat. The group can get bunched up on the narrow streets if no one sets a pace.  The streets are about a “C” grade, with a few sections worse than others - stay out of the gutters and watch that big dead raccoon about half way down Archer.
  • Race Tactics: Pat says the hill is a killer - but I’m not so sure.  With only a few reps I don’t think it takes enough and there’s 9 miles of recovery.  But if a few guys will work together to create a gap coming into the hard right turn onto Flavin, mash it up the hill, and motor through the Little Red School House, I think there’s a shot. Otherwise it will be a 200m uphill bunch sprint.
  • Directions: Here’s a map link to The Irish Legend pub which is near registration. 

Upcoming Pave Liga: Willow Springs RR, Elmhurst Crit, Downers Grove Crit

Jul 21
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What a great first weekend of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.  Results are posted.  Saturday’s Lake Bluff Criterium was scored for the Pave Liga.  Early results look like there could be some movement in the standings.  We’ve got three more upcoming PSCS races being scored. 

  • Wednesday - Willow Springs Road Race - this is a great course featuring a deceptive little hill. Deceptive in whether it can split the race, or just be a nuisance. You have to make each trip up the hill count, otherwise it will end up a power sprint.  Talk to the guys who raced it in 2009 and 2011.
  • Friday - Elmhurst Cycling Classic - not your ordinary 4 corner criterium, last year’s race was VERY hot (both competition-wise and weather-wise!)  The town really gets behind the race so plan on sticking around to enjoy Friday night festivities.
  • Sunday - Downers Grove Criterium - the legend of Downers continues as PSCS resurrects one of the true icons of Chicagoland road racing.  The course is definitely technical.  You can just picture that sweeping final corner into the punchy uphill finish (which many a would-be US Crit Champion it has claimed!)

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