Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series rolls into the Chicagoland
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series, sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee, is a fresh professional and amateur cycling series that competes all over the Chicagoland area. Top racers from around the country and the world will contest in a series of criterium and road races from July 18-27 in this high-energy bicycle-racing event. Don’t miss the incredible action at one of these high-octane races.
“Criterium racing is unique to American cycling and is often described as NASCAR on bikes due to the high speeds, short courses and many laps that make up each race,” said Mark Zalewski, marketing director at Prairie State Cycling Series. “Picture 150 racers at speed for 60 laps, and sprinting for the win, well above 40 miles per hour.”
According to Zalewski, each event begins with local amateur races, from the first year racer to experienced local amateurs, before culminating with the professional women’s and men’s categories in the early evening.
Each well-thought-out venue caters to families and children by providing: fun and healthy activities, a lifestyle expo, entertainment, food and beverages from local vendors, merchant sales, kids races and more.
Waukegan hosts the much-anticipated first event on July 18. The next day the series moves to Lake Bluff and will feature a prestigious USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar event where the top professionals will be racing for valuable points towards a national title. The series stays in the northern suburbs on July 20 in Crystal Lake.
Willow Springs will host a road race on July 23. On July 24, the series will advance to the city of Chicago — in Beverly — for professional-only races, in conjunction with a neighborhood festival. The western suburbs are represented by Elmhurst on July 25.
“Saturday, July 26, will bring bike racing back to downtown Chicago for the first time in six years with a unique course in the Fulton Market area,” Zalewski said. “The series will culminate on July 27 with an unrevealed venue.”
For more information and to view a full schedule, visit www.prairiestatecyclingseries.com.