Intelligentsia Cup is an exciting criterium race series that takes place annually in Chicagoland, typically the middle to end of July! We are the largest road racing series in America and work hard every year to create an unforgettable event that keeps riders coming back, year after year.
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What is a criterium?
A criterium (or crit) is a road cycling race that is typically held in a parking lot or on a short course through neighborhoods. This makes for incredibly fast races, and ensures a lot of action as racers must corner quickly (to maintain speed) and jockey for position.
What if I have never raced before?
That is totally fine and we would love to welcome you to the sport of bike racing! USAC has novice categories designed for new racers! We would encourage you to get comfortable on group rides as that will give you confidence cornering, attacking, and drafting so that you can relax a bit and have a great time racing with us!
Do I need to race all ten days?
Nope – although it is super fun and epic to do so! You can race as many days as your schedule (and body) allow!
Can my family/friends come to watch?
Absolutely! Intelligentsia Cup is designed with spectators in mind! We have worked hard to create spectator-friendly events meant to draw a crowd (and keep them there). There will be plenty for them to see and do as they wait for you to cross the finish line!