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- Pactimo Inks Two-year Deal with Intelligentsia Cup for Custom Cycling Apparel
- Intelligentsia Coffee Renews as Title Sponsor of Prairie State Cycling Series for Two Years
- Elmhurst Cycling Classic Announces Twilight Criterium for 2015
- 4th Annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party
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Brewing Bike Racing with Intelligentsia
SRAM joins as sponsor of Chicago Criterium
Many of the race venues of the 2015 Intelligentsia Cup are returning but with some interesting twists!
It all kicks off in Beverly celebrating its 13th year of racing, but this year on a Friday evening and now including category 3 riders. The Willow Springs road race will be the 2015 Illinois State Road Race championships. The Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic is shifting its schedule for a twilight race with a fully-lit course. The NCC race in Lake Bluff will feature big prize purses, equal for both the pro men and women. And the SRAM Chicago Criterium, featuring the Fyxation Open fixed-gear race, will now be the culmination of our series.
- July 17 - Chicago/Beverly (Pro/1/2/3)
- July 18 - Chicago (to be announced)
- July 19 - Willow Springs (Illinois Road Race Championships)
- July 23 - Waukegan
- July 24 - Elmhurst (new twilight schedule!)
- July 25 - Lake Bluff (NCC)
- July 26 - Chicago/Fulton St. (Fyxation Open)
Stay tuned for more details coming soon, including the opening of registration!
2015 Announced Intelligentsia Cup Dates
Friday, July 17
13th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
(Criterium in the Chicago community of Beverly, IL)
Saturday, July 18
Chicago To Be Announced!
Sunday, July 19
Willow Springs Road Race
pb Tower Racing
Thursday, July 23
Vista Health System Waukegan Bike Race
(Criterium - Waukegan, IL)
Friday, July 24
Elmhurst Cycling Classic
(Twilight Criterium - Elmhurst, IL)
Saturday, July 25
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party
(Criterium - Lake Bluff, IL)
Sunday, July 26
SRAM Chicago Criterium
(Criterium - Chicago, IL)
Additional dates and venues to be released soon.
Pactimo Inks Two-year Deal with Intelligentsia Cup for Custom Cycling Apparel
Custom leader and winner jerseys produced exclusively for 2015/2016 series
Chicago, IL – April 2, 2015 - Pactimo custom cycling apparel will once again supply the coveted leader’s and winner’s jerseys for the Intelligentsia Cup. The exclusive agreement will extend through the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Since 2003 Pactimo has offered cyclists of all abilities the best in premium custom cycling apparel with consistent quality, cutting edge technology and convenient online ordering. Last year Pactimo was a perfect 100% on its promise of a five-week delivery model. In addition to serving cyclists, since 2006 Pactimo has made over $150,000 in cash contributions to support charitable causes.
"On behalf of everyone at Pactimo I can say we are very excited to continue our race winner’s jersey support with the Intelligentsia Cup," said Karl Heidgen, Vice President of Custom Sale at Pactimo. "It has always been a top notch race series and we are happy to see its continued growth and attendance."
Every category in the Intelligentsia Cup will have a daily Pactimo winner’s jersey along with leader’s jerseys for the pro/elite categories.
"Pactimo has been a great partner and we are looking forward to continuing that relationship another two years," said Executive Director Marco Colbert. "Our athletes appreciate the high quality of Pactimo jerseys and they look great on the winner’s podium."
Intelligentsia Coffee Renews as Title Sponsor of Prairie State Cycling Series for Two Years
Intelligentsia Cup Back in Chicago for 2015 and 2016
Intelligentsia Coffee is continuing its commitment to top-level American bike racing by renewing its title sponsorship of the Intelligentsia Cup, a multi-day omnium road cycling series around Chicagoland during mid-July, for the next two years.
"To see the series mature and grow into being among the best in the country, a permanent fixture of mid-summer racing, is very gratifying," said Doug Zell, Intelligentsia Coffee co-founder. "We are hopeful that this is a series that will bring great racers and bike racing fans to Chicago and surrounding areas for decades to come."
Beginning in 2012 as the Prairie State Cycling Series, it took on the name 'Intelligentsia Cup’ in 2013 with the initial title sponsorship of Intelligentsia Coffee as well as expanding to seven races. In 2014 the series grew to eight races — seven criteriums and a road race. For 2015 the series is proud that the road race was selected by the Illinois Cycling Association to host the Illinois State Road Racing Championships.
SRAM Neutral Race Support
Elmhurst Cycling Classic Announces Twilight Criterium for 2015
March 4, 2015 – The Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, a day of amateur and professional bike racing around Elmhurst College and at Wilder Park on Friday, July 24th, is announcing an exciting shift in the format of this year’s event. The Elmhurst Cycling Classic is part of the Intelligentsia Cup, a "tour" of bike races in cities around Chicagoland, which attracts top-tier professional riders from around the nation. This year’s 3rd annual Classic will feature "twilight criterium racing" – high speed racing after work and after dark.
"Introducing twilight racing to the Elmhurst Cycling Classic is going to increase the excitement factor in Elmhurst on race day," said Race Director Tim Radcliff. "Not only will 4 of the fastest races occur after 5pm, allowing more spectators to see the action, the professional men will actually be racing the course under the stars. Twilight racing is among the most exciting and well-attended type of cycling event in the country. The community and racers really love it. Elmhurst is unique in that it has all the right ingredients for successful twilight racing."
Co-Director Kevin York, also a Fourth Ward alderman in Elmhurst, added, "Our goal has always been to bring a wonderful event to Elmhurst that brings the community together after work on a Friday in summer - for barbeques, food vendors, beverages and racing. As we thought of ways to enhance the event, the idea of racing later into the evening was just too good to pass up."
Illinois State Road Race Championship
The Intelligentsia Cup is proud to announce that the Illinois Cycling Association has selected the Willow Springs road race presented by Tower Racing as the 2015 Illinois State Road Race Championships. The race date is set for Sunday, July 19th. More information about this race, including the categories and times, will be coming soon.
4th Annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party
Lake Bluff, IL – February 4, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Northwestern Medicine® is the title sponsor and health care partner for the 2015 Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party. The event will be held on Saturday, July 25th by the Village Green in downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois.
"Having a terrific partner like Northwestern Medicine for the fourth year is huge," said Race Director Marco Colbert. "This has grown into a great community event featuring a full day of exciting bike racing and family fun. Our pro men and women races will again attract national attention as part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and will draw top cyclists from across the country and around the world."
"Northwestern Medicine is proud to once again sponsor this wonderful community event," said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. "We hope that families will come watch the pros and advanced racers in the Criterium and be inspired to incorporate cycling into their own fitness routines. Promoting healthy activities like cycling supports Northwestern Medicine’s mission to create healthier communities."
"The bike race and the block party are wonderful events to showcase our beautiful community and charming central business district, and provide an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a fun-filled intergenerational experience," said Lake Bluff Village President Kathleen O’Hara. "We continue to receive positive feedback regarding these family friendly events and are proud to host such a prestigious sporting event."
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