To benefit World Bicycle Relief
Intelligentsia Coffee Renews as Title Sponsor of Prairie State Cycling Series for Two Years
Intelligentsia Cup Back in Chicago for 2015 and 2016
Intelligentsia Coffee is continuing its commitment to top-level American bike racing by renewing its title sponsorship of the Intelligentsia Cup, a multi-day omnium road cycling series around Chicagoland during mid-July, for the next two years.
"To see the series mature and grow into being among the best in the country, a permanent fixture of mid-summer racing, is very gratifying," said Doug Zell, Intelligentsia Coffee co-founder. "We are hopeful that this is a series that will bring great racers and bike racing fans to Chicago and surrounding areas for decades to come."
Beginning in 2012 as the Prairie State Cycling Series, it took on the name 'Intelligentsia Cup’ in 2013 with the initial title sponsorship of Intelligentsia Coffee as well as expanding to seven races. In 2014 the series grew to eight races — seven criteriums and a road race. For 2015 the series is proud that the road race was selected by the Illinois Cycling Association to host the Illinois State Road Racing Championships.
SRAM Neutral Race Support
Elmhurst Cycling Classic Announces Twilight Criterium for 2015
March 4, 2015 – The Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, a day of amateur and professional bike racing around Elmhurst College and at Wilder Park on Friday, July 24th, is announcing an exciting shift in the format of this year’s event. The Elmhurst Cycling Classic is part of the Intelligentsia Cup, a "tour" of bike races in cities around Chicagoland, which attracts top-tier professional riders from around the nation. This year’s 3rd annual Classic will feature "twilight criterium racing" – high speed racing after work and after dark.
"Introducing twilight racing to the Elmhurst Cycling Classic is going to increase the excitement factor in Elmhurst on race day," said Race Director Tim Radcliff. "Not only will 4 of the fastest races occur after 5pm, allowing more spectators to see the action, the professional men will actually be racing the course under the stars. Twilight racing is among the most exciting and well-attended type of cycling event in the country. The community and racers really love it. Elmhurst is unique in that it has all the right ingredients for successful twilight racing."
Co-Director Kevin York, also a Fourth Ward alderman in Elmhurst, added, "Our goal has always been to bring a wonderful event to Elmhurst that brings the community together after work on a Friday in summer - for barbeques, food vendors, beverages and racing. As we thought of ways to enhance the event, the idea of racing later into the evening was just too good to pass up."
Illinois State Road Race Championship
The Intelligentsia Cup is proud to announce that the Illinois Cycling Association has selected the Willow Springs road race presented by Tower Racing as the 2015 Illinois State Road Race Championships. The race date is set for Sunday, July 19th. More information about this race, including the categories and times, will be coming soon.
2015 Announced Intelligentsia Cup Dates
Sunday, July 19
Willow Springs Road Race pb Tower Racing
(Road Race - Willow Springs, IL)
Friday, July 24
Elmhurst Cycling Classic
(Twilight Criterium - Elmhurst, IL)
Saturday, July 25
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party
(Criterium - Lake Bluff, IL)
Additional dates and venues to be released soon.
4th Annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party
Lake Bluff, IL – February 4, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Northwestern Medicine® is the title sponsor and health care partner for the 2015 Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party. The event will be held on Saturday, July 25th by the Village Green in downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois.
"Having a terrific partner like Northwestern Medicine for the fourth year is huge," said Race Director Marco Colbert. "This has grown into a great community event featuring a full day of exciting bike racing and family fun. Our pro men and women races will again attract national attention as part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and will draw top cyclists from across the country and around the world."
"Northwestern Medicine is proud to once again sponsor this wonderful community event," said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. "We hope that families will come watch the pros and advanced racers in the Criterium and be inspired to incorporate cycling into their own fitness routines. Promoting healthy activities like cycling supports Northwestern Medicine’s mission to create healthier communities."
"The bike race and the block party are wonderful events to showcase our beautiful community and charming central business district, and provide an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a fun-filled intergenerational experience," said Lake Bluff Village President Kathleen O’Hara. "We continue to receive positive feedback regarding these family friendly events and are proud to host such a prestigious sporting event."
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