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- Ten days of continuous racing in 2017
- Community rallies to ensure Glen Ellyn continues as 2017 series venue with Tour of Lake Ellyn
- Intelligentsia Coffee renews title sponsorship of Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM for two years
- Intelligentsia Cup p/b SRAM supports youth in Chicago
- 2016 Goose Island Grand Prix
- Willow Springs Challenge Ride
- SRAM Chicago Criterium added to National Calendare
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Ten days of continuous racing in 2017
We have new venues, classic venues, new courses and more road races. It all starts July 14 in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago -- a race that has been going on for 15 years! While we cannot have every category we found a way to add one more. The next day we return to Glen Ellyn for the tough Lake Ellyn course. Sunday we once again host the Illinois State Road Race championships at Willow Springs. Look for 'big' changes at this venue for 2017.
Monday will see us return to the South Chicago venue with its unique kermesse style course. Tuesday is a new (old) venue with Elgin, utilizing part of the former Four Bridges of Elgin course (the tough parts) to add another road race to our lineup. Wednesday we are back just up the Fox River at West Dundee and its menacing hill. But we made the course longer which should translate into few leg-breaking climbs. Thursday is a new venue in the near north suburb of Niles.
The final weekend is the same great schedule we have enjoyed for the past couple of years. Friday we again race into the late night in Elmhurst. Saturday will see us back up north in Lake Bluff. Finally, our series concludes on West Fulton Street in front of Intelligentsia's roasting works and the Goose Island brewery.
Registration will open soon and we will have more announcements and new features for this year's series to share with you soon.
Community rallies to ensure Glen Ellyn continues as 2017 series venue with Tour of Lake Ellyn
Glen Ellyn, IL, February 23, 2017 – While it was previously announced that the Glen Ellyn venue of the Intelligentsia Cup p/b SRAM series would not return in 2017, local members of the community have since rallied to assume the mantle, ensuring the race will be back for its second year. The new name, the Tour of Lake Ellyn, will happen on Saturday, July 15 on the same challenging course around picturesque Lake Ellyn.
"We're very excited to bring the bike race back to Glen Ellyn, which is being led by a community effort," said Ben Raby, a former professional cyclist and member of the local organizing committee. "The Tour of Lake Ellyn will promote Glen Ellyn community and enjoyment of our great park. In collaboration with the park district and village staff we've been able to secure a unique and challenging course, giving spectators the opportunity to watch elite racers navigate the ups, downs and turns of the Lake Ellyn circuit."
"Hosting the Tour of Lake Ellyn for the second year is an incredible opportunity for the Village,” said Village President Alex Demos. “We are excited to once again welcome racers, fans and spectators to the Village to enjoy this prestigious event. We encourage you to come for the race and stay to explore our award-winning restaurants, shops and parks."
Racing will again happen all day long, ranging from amateur and age group categories to the marquee elite and professional men and women races. A change for this year is a two-lap Glen Ellyn Community Fun Ride where anyone with a bicycle and helmet are invited to ride the same course as the racers, in between the pro women and pro men events. A full schedule will be announced soon.
Intelligentsia Coffee renews title sponsorship of Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM for two years
Chicago, IL, February 14, 2017 – Intelligentsia Coffee is continuing its commitment to top-level American bike racing by renewing its title sponsorship of the Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM, a multi-day omnium road cycling race series around Chicagoland during mid-July. The two-year title sponsorship runs through 2018 and will mark five years of support of the series.
"I’m pleased that the series continues to grow and happy that Intelligentsia has been a part of that. It has quickly become one of the largest race series in the country and this year we hope it becomes the biggest," said Intelligentsia Coffee founder Doug Zell.
"Our goal at Intelligentsia is to support and give back to the cycling community. By doing things correctly the series has done that for us, and at the same time has become a truly international caliber cycling event."
"What I enjoy most about the event is that while it is highly competitive across all the races there is a spirit of conviviality and community that encompasses everything, creating an atmosphere that is quintessentially midwestern and unlike any other event."
Beginning as the Prairie State Cycling Series in 2012 Intelligentsia Coffee joined a year later, renaming the series as well as expanding to seven races. In 2014 the series grew to eight races — seven criteriums and a road race. The series has hosted the Illinois State Road Racing Championships since 2015 and will again this year.
'Intelligentsia Coffee has been an amazing supporter of our race series, and our success would not be possible without them," said series partner and former pro cyclist Tom Schuler. 'Thanks to their support we will continue our efforts to expand high-level bicycle racing in the Chicago area."
In 2016 the series added a new junior category to support the development of younger racers, after expanding the amount of categories for women in 2015. The 2017 Intelligentsia Cup p/b SRAM will feature new venues with the goal to expand to a full ten days of racing, thanks to the continued support from Intelligentsia Coffee.
Intelligentsia Cup p/b SRAM supports youth in Chicago
The Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM was part of the 27th Ward's 22nd annual Stay in School picnic, sponsored by Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. The series donated four new youth bikes that were raffled to four students from the ward.
2016 Goose Island Grand Prix
Fyxation Open 2015 Recap.