To benefit World Bicycle Relief
- World Bicycle Relief:
The Power of Bicycles
- World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. Rural students who commute to school on Buffalo bicycles improve school attendance, academic performance and have a shorter, safer commute.
Willow Springs Challenge Ride
The first annual Willow Springs Challenge Ride will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the same course used for the Illinois State Road Racing Championships, part of the Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM bicycle racing series. Local residents are invited to take part in this mass cycling event, open to anyone with a bicycle and a helmet.
The goal of the event is for individuals to challenge themselves to their own abilities. It can be as simple as taking a bike that has been collecting dust in the garage for too many years and getting out on the course or by trying to complete as many laps of the course as possible in the time allotted. We welcome any and all types of cyclists!
"We really wanted to give the residents of Willow Springs something they can call their own," said Tom Schuler, managing partner of the race series. "We are really thankful for the village to allow us to have our race here. This type of event, being open to anyone who can ride a bike, will give everyone a chance to experience the great riding of the area."
Come enjoy the beautiful scenery that compromises the Willow Springs course, along beautiful wooded, hilly roads running through the Village of Willow Springs and the surrounding the Cook County Forest Preserve.
Participants will receive a complimentary Imperial Oak Brewing beer token for all adult participants. Support (SAG) service provided at the event by Ultimate Pro Bikes located in nearby Countryside.
2016 Announced Intelligentsia Cup Dates
Friday, July 15
Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
(Chicago community of Beverly, IL)
Saturday, July 16
The Packey Webb Ford Tour of Glen Ellyn
pb INTENT Coaching
Sunday, July 17
Wintrust Willow Springs
Monday, July 18
Coffee Shop Ride
Wednesday, July 20
West Dundee River Challenge
Thursday, July 21
South Chicago Kermesse Road Race
pb Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza
Friday, July 22
Elmhurst Cycling Classic
(Twilight Criterium - Elmhurst, IL)
Saturday, July 23
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party
Sunday, July 24
Goose Island Grand Prix
(Fulton Street - Chicago, IL)
Fyxation Open 2015 Recap.
SRAM Chicago Criterium added to National Calendar
Lake Bluff/Chicago now two race USAC Pro Road Tour omnium
Chicago - February 17, 2016 – The Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM bike racing series will now finish with a two-day criterium omnium for the elite categories as a stop on the revamped USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, formerly known as the National Criterium Calendar. The addition of a second race to the prestigious national calendar elevates the series as a whole by increasing the incentive for the top professional and elite teams to attend.
The Chicago venue joins with the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party, in its fifth edition and many years itself on the NCC since 2013, to create a two-day omnium format for the professional men's and women's categories, adding to the overall omnium for the eight-race series.
"We are extremely excited to bring the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour to Chicago for two days at our Lake Bluff and downtown Chicago venues," said series partner Tom Schuler. "With the continued support of Intelligentsia Coffee, SRAM and our other great sponsors and city partners we hope to continue and increase the great tradition of bicycle racing in Chicagoland."
"As the underwriting sponsor of the Intelligentsia Cup which we have seen go from a start up to being a highlight on the national calendar we are tickled to get the Chicago Criterium on the Pro Road Tour calendar, and as part of an omnium on the heals of the already successful Lake Bluff race," said Doug Zell, Founder and Chairman of Intelligentsia Coffee.
"To have the very best racers in the United States and the world competing in the heart of Chicago against the backdrop of one of the world’s most famous skylines and on the doorstep of our Roasting Works and world headquarters is something we had always hoped for, but never expected to happen so quickly. We really couldn’t be happier to see the speed, intensity and thrill that is the shoulder-to-shoulder style of American criterium racing, on both fixed gear and freewheel bicycles at its highest level."
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza of Chicago's 10th Ward receives autograph jersey from Tom Schuler and Marco Colbert in thanks for the South Chicago race.
Highlights from the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and block party.