Ah, spring. Finally our weekends are again chock-full of racing opportunities. Goodbye, hours wasted sleeping in. Farewell, brunch and $12 omelets. Sunday New York Times? You’re canceled!
This weekend's big event --
event, if you will --
will be Sunday’s debut Spring Super Criterium
, hosted by Burnham Racing and Vitaminwater-Trek in South Beloit. I'm eager to see how the 1.9-mile course plays out. It might be curvy enough to help potential breaks get out of sight, but the lack of technicality will work to the chasers' advantage. CBR prediction: Field sprints in the 3/4, 4/5 and masters 4/5 races, lead groups of 4-10 riders everywhere else.
Remember that beginning racers are encouraged to attend the 8 a.m. clinic put on by Randy Warren
(XXX Racing-AthletiCo). Two bonus competitions of note: The World Bike Relief Team Challenge
will honor the team with the best overall performance, and as noted when I announced the race
, I'm offering a Clif Bar to the masters rider who does best in the Cat 3 trifecta (masters 1/2/3, 3/4 and 1/2/3).
Farther from home, there is a crit Saturday in Sheboygan, Wis., where the flier promises a 1-mile course with a steep hill before the start/finish. And the Indiana Race Series kicks off with the Mississinewa Reservoir Road Race
in Peru, Ind., a 15-mile loop along rolling, windswept roads
. (Reminder: Someone always forgets the time change on their first racing trip to Indiana. Don't drive three hours just to be an hour late!)
Evergreen Park Criterium
Distance from Chicago: 2.5 hours
Mississinewa Reservoir Road Race
ABR road race
Distance from Chicago: 3 hours
Spring Super Criterium
South Beloit, Ill.
Distance from Chicago: 2 hours