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Old 02-26-07, 03:47 PM
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Chicago clubs/teams for training and racing

Hello all!

I used search but found very sad results...

I am looking for Chicago (city proper) teams and clubs with which to train and race. I am new to racing (none yet) and I have heard "xXx Racing" has a good development program. While I trust the opinion of these people, this is the extent of my knowledge. I'd like to shop around a bit and know what is out there. I'd like to consider more than one if I don't fit in...know what I mean?

Any help with clubs/teams not mentioned or comment on "xXx" will help me out...alot.

Thanks all!
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Old 02-26-07, 03:50 PM
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Athletes by Design.

ABDcycling.com.

Huge, supportive club in the suburbs. Ranked as the #1 amateur squad in the nation last year with their Cat1/2 team. Lots of group rides, they put on a junior and masters series of races, plus the Winfield Twilight Criterium and Winfield Downtown Criterium (ABR championship) weekend, indoor TTs, training and coaching available. All levels of racers (and non-racers) from citizen to Cat1 (and 3 guys who just jumped to the pro level...one in the ToC this past week).

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"XXX Racing-AthletiCo is a premier amateur racing team and cycling club in Chicago, Illinois. We were founded in 1999 by professional couriers who wanted to extend their cycling experience to organized racing."

Ok, this is huge stereotype, based upon preconceived bias, and total lack of information, other than the above quote. (and will likely get me stoned if anybody informs the SS Fixed Gear forum) But, I would think that a club started by Courriers might have a certain vibe, that may or may not to be a good fit for you.

I'd try to do the group rides of a few clubs and then pick one where you seem to fit best.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
I'd try to do the group rides of a few clubs and then pick one where you seem to fit best.
Yeah...I got that too. A guy I emailed replied with a "professional" address (prestiegious law school) so it may just be an eclectic group. Honestly, just going on word of mouth may be ok, but I am totally with you on checking out their group rides.

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Old 02-26-07, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
Athletes by Design.

ABDcycling.com.

Huge, supportive club in the suburbs. Ranked as the #1 amateur squad in the nation last year with their Cat1/2 team. Lots of group rides, they put on a junior and masters series of races, plus the Winfield Twilight Criterium and Winfield Downtown Criterium (ABR championship) weekend, indoor TTs, training and coaching available. All levels of racers (and non-racers) from citizen to Cat1 (and 3 guys who just jumped to the pro level...one in the ToC this past week).
Pretty impressive organization...Batavia is a bit of a distance for me; I am looking for somethign in the city although I am not closed minded (or without a car). The xXx weekly group ride travels through the city out to the northern burbs and I am not sure how that feels. I live miles away from the burbs and their group ride begins about 1.5 miles from my house...so, I am not sure if tossing the bike on the car and traveling the distance out to the burbs is worth it. It may be, but it would be nice not to do that...
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I used to ride for a club called the West Suburban Wheelman in the Chicago area - they were a good group of people. Of course, this was over 20 years ago, so this post is more or less useless to you.
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Originally Posted by cmh
I used to ride for a club called the West Suburban Wheelman in the Chicago area - they were a good group of people. Of course, this was over 20 years ago, so this post is more or less useless to you.
Not useless: they still ride. I know they do weekly crits down by some factory out southwest somewhere. Sounds like a good group...
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ABD isn't based out of Batavia. They're based out of Wheaton/Winfield.

~15-20 miles closer to the city than Batavia.
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Old 02-26-07, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by slim_77
Pretty impressive organization...Batavia is a bit of a distance for me; I am looking for somethign in the city although I am not closed minded (or without a car). The xXx weekly group ride travels through the city out to the northern burbs and I am not sure how that feels. I live miles away from the burbs and their group ride begins about 1.5 miles from my house...so, I am not sure if tossing the bike on the car and traveling the distance out to the burbs is worth it. It may be, but it would be nice not to do that...
Well, you CAN do their rides, even if you aren't a member of their club.

I raced for another local team last year, and showed up to their rides from time to time in full team kit. They were friendly regardless of what I was wearing. Granted, it was a little easier for people to identify me as a "person to be watched" when it was time to go fast, but hey, that might have made the ride even better for me.
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Originally Posted by slim_77
Not useless: they still ride. I know they do weekly crits down by some factory out southwest somewhere. Sounds like a good group...
Wow - I just googled thier website. They still do roughly the same 5am and 6am rides that got me into bike racing when I was 14 years old (24 yrs ago). (At least they did the last time thier website was updated - it looks a bit dated.) I can't tell you how helpful some of the members were when I was just getting involved in the sport. This brings back some good memories.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
Well, you CAN do their rides, even if you aren't a member of their club.
Right...still, I'd just perfer something more local. The idea of operating within an easy distance is appealing especially for someone new to racing; I am just trying to see if it is unrealistic. I will definitly keep these guys in mind, however.

So, about their location: I was looking around for a bigger town (I hadn't heard of Winfield) and saw something that said Batavia... might have been an ad or something.

Thanks for the help so far. I am way more encouraged...
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Old 02-27-07, 10:56 AM
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It is the South Chicago Wheelmen, of which I am a member, that hosts the weekly crit on Tuesday nights at the paint factory.

Torn up Dan Ryan not withstanding, I cannot stress too much the importance of these races for beginning racers.

Get your USCF license and bring it with you. Cost is $7 per week. The race is very popular. Get there early so you can sign in and warm up.

Here’s how it works. Racers are separated in 2 groups: A’s and B’s. The A riders have experience and have been coming out for a few years; at this point you don’t need concern yourself with them. They line up first and the gun goes off.

The B riders are a mixed group. Everything from old farts to young kids to new racers. There are racers with teams and racers in T-shirts. You roll up to the line, wait until the A’s are about a half lap ahead, and you’re off.

It’s a 1K lap course and you’ll do 3 races a night: typically 10, 30, 20 laps. Usually the old farts and young kids drop off after a lap or 2, leaving a reasonably serious group riding at a reasonably serious pace.

Since you’re new to racing you can count on getting dropped. Accept it now, it’ll be easier on you. Stay on the far left and when the B’s come around again, jump back on. When you get dropped again, simply repeat. Keep coming back week after week to get the experience. Keep in mind also, that while the B’s ride at a good pace, the A group pace is typical of a “normal” race. This gives you an idea of what to expect when racing elsewhere.

This is the best place for beginners because you can race all night long and not get pulled. If, instead, you race, say, Monsters of Midway, you’ll spend all morning getting ready, drive to the race, register, line up, and poof, you’ll be dropped in 3, 4 minutes, and have to go home. Very frustrating.

The SCW Tuesday race is informal and friendly with lots of regulars. You’ll get a chance to meet people and may find clues as to what team to join. Team selection is pretty easy actually, just pick one. Make a friend and join whatever team he’s on.

My friend, stop fretting about distance. If you want to race in Chicago you have to go where the races are, and that means leaving the city limits (what, you wanna train on Ashland?). Besides, as a new racer, you’ll need to put in serious miles if you want to have any fun. So you ride out to a suburban training ride, ride it, then ride back. I was part of a group that rode from Logan’s Square down to Matteson each Tuesday, raced, then rode back. Just shy of one hundred miles.

There’s lots of people doing this and they’re going to be lining up right next to you at the Start/Finish line, so you’ll wanna be prepared.

If all you did was ride down to Tuesday night, race, and ride back, you’d be fit and fast in no time. PM me if you want the best route to take. Accept the adventure, you won’t be sorry.

http://www.southchicagowheelmen.com/

http://www.teamjudson.com/
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Hey slim,
Im in the same boat as you. I live in the city and have been looking around for a team/club to do some training and rides as it gets warmer. Looks like the south chicago wheelmen is a good place to begin. Its one of the first groups I found online. You can check some of the LBS's as well I supose. I think SPOKES in Naperville/Wheaton has a team. I know they have a weekly 50 mile casual ride on sundays if you want to get some base miles in. Just call up the shops and ask them about it.
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Hey slim,
Im in the same boat as you. I live in the city and have been looking around for a team/club to do some training and rides as it gets warmer. Looks like the south chicago wheelmen is a good place to begin. Its one of the first groups I found online. You can check some of the LBS's as well I supose. I think SPOKES in Naperville/Wheaton has a team. I know they have a weekly 50 mile casual ride on sundays if you want to get some base miles in. Just call up the shops and ask them about it.
If you want to get swindled, and I really do mean that, buy from SPOKES in Wheaton.

Also, their "team" (technically a club unless you're a UCI team) sucks. It's called Team Apache or something. If you're heading out to Wheaton or Naperville, honestly, ABD in Winfield is the way to go. Big club, good atmosphere, lots of helpful people, good shop(s), LOTS of events, great team at all levels. Matter of fact, I'd go with Turin, Pony Shop, XXX Racing, Project 5, or Mack well before the SPOKES team.
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this is exactly what I am looking for...thanks all!!!
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I will say one good thing about spokes: if you're looking for a high end European brand, like Colnago, Pinarello, Merckx, Look, etc. they are probably the best place to go in the suburbs, in terms of selection. They always seem to have a LOT of high end bikes around. Not sure about prices on those, though, as I've always been about function over form.

If you're looking for a stock Giant, Specialized, etc at a good price, they are NOT the people to go to at all. The last time I was there, I decided to play up the naivety, and they tried to sell me a 2004 TCR (aluminum) with 6500 (9 speed) for what the current year's 10speed carbon model was going for. They do have a lot of bright red Specialized E5 frames hanging up around the store, though. I'd give a couple digits for one of those...
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I raced with xxx last year. they ARE a great bunch, and I made many friends there. there still are a couple of messengers but mostly it's a mixed group these days, though affiliations with yojimbo's garage still gives the team a bit of street cred (read hype).

abd is larger, more organized, throws amazing abr races, but unfortunately in the suburbs.

south chicago wheelmen I think are also in the south suburbs... they don't really have as much presence in the midwest races (wisconsin, illinois, iowa, indiana) as much as the other two do. I did their matteson crit (around the ace hardware paint factory) most weeks last season, and I very much recommend it.

turin is from evanston and has a really good track presence in the northbrook velodrome (so does xxx). they seem to me to be more serious while xxx was more social.

metlife I ride with on ocassion... their team ride leaves from higher gear on fullerton avene. smaller team, serious, more focused. also seems to be a masters team these days.

give the xxx group ride a shot—easy no-drop ride to highland park then pick a group from there. if you're worried maybe find a recovery (easy) group or head back with some others, just so you don't get lost. around 45 miles there and back, but betcha by summer you'd be heading way out towards six flags.
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