Now that spring has sprung the city of Chicago will likely start filling potholes soon. Just a reminder that you should report any major potholes that you encounter while cycling by dialing 311.
They will ask you for the exact address, the size and shape of the pothole, and whether it is in a "travel lane" (say yes).
MAN, is my Irish up! Just in time too - OPEN STREETS OAK FOREST tomorrow (get the flyer), 9 am - 10:30 am, kicking off the Oak Forest Fleadh festival. Active Trans tent will be up at Waverly & Cicero, just north of the train viaduct - a bunch of area clubs will be with us to do sign ups for their rides and new members. THE DEAL: sign up on the spot as a new member of ActiveTrans OR for any of the clubs or their rides, and I'll give you a ride on Cicero on my FreeLoader. (If you're over 200 lbs, you're riding me or someone else smaller than 200 lbs.) YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN GET TO FEEL THAT COOL. Contact me with questions or to practice your Irish brogue.
DePaul University is hosting a competition for new business ventures. One student has concepted a bike-related business that promotes a healthier and "greener" lifestyle and they are seeking feedback from bicyclists about it's feasibilty. If you are into bikes and interested in helping out, there is a brief survey you can take.
This weekend's springlike weather drew nearly 60 sun-craving cyclists to the xXx Racing - AthletiCo Saturday ride. It's an incredible number for early March, especially considering much of the team's core is at training camp in San Luis Obispo until next weekend.
Just a share under half were new or non-team members, and a sizable percentage of them had never been on the ride before, let alone raced a bike. Nerves, shyness, and self-doubt were overcome by curiousity, competitiveness and a sense of adventure; the result was a rewarding experience that's hopefully ignited a fire that should last until the conclusion of the Chicago Cross Cup at Montrose Harbor in early December.
Getting past the nerves and reservations is the biggest step towards fulfulling your dream of finally racing a bike. Once that registration is completed online or mailed, the goal you've set for yourself is almost self-fulfilling. Now is the time to get out on your bike and ride hard in the warming temperatures, honing your skills in one of the dozens of group rides in the Chicago area. To rest and recover and replace all those calories you're burning. To meet new friends and cycling ethusiats. And, of course, to pick your first race.
Below are several excellent choices for someone new to bike racing to take that first step. These races are local, with beginner-friendly courses - such as wide turns and smooth pavement - and may have beginners-only fields. Online registration is or will be available for all of these races. Category 5 (beginner) fields tend to close faster than most as competitive-cycling's popularity grows. Don't let that discourage you - there is almost always day-of registration and very rarely does the entire pre-reg'd field show to a race.
New to racing?
Be sure to take advantage of the many online resources at your disposal:
Take your place at the line this year and open up a whole new world in cycling. Good luck and go fast!
Thursday, March 4, 2010*
Daly Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 405, Chicago IL
*There is a chance it will extend into March 5, 2010
This trial is open to the public and high attendance is expected.
Active Transportation Alliance will be present at the trial to support the friends and family of Mandy Annis.
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