To benefit World Bicycle Relief
2014 Annouced Intelligentsia Cup Dates
Friday, July 18
Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium
(Criterium - Waukegan, IL)
Saturday, July 19
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party
(Criterium - Lake Bluff, IL)
Sunday, July 20
Tour de Crystal Lake
presented by Visit McHenry County
(Criterium - Crystal Lake, IL)
Thursday, July 24
12th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
(Criterium in the Chicago community of Beverly, IL)
Friday, July 25
Elmhurst Cycling Classic
(Criterium - Elmhurst, IL)
Saturday, July 26
(Criterium - Chicago, IL)
More to come!
Intelligentisia Coffee Continues Title Sponsorship of Prairie State Cycling Series
Intelligentsia Cup to feature Chicagoland-focused venues for 2014
CHICAGO -- For the second year in-a-row the nation’s premiere coffee roaster, Intelligentsia Coffee, is the title sponsor of Chicago’s premiere cycling series the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.
Started in 2012 with one race the series grew exponentially in 2013, thanks to the addition of Intelligentsia’s sponsorship, to feature seven venues across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The series consisted of a road race and six criterium races. For 2014 the series focuses on the Chicagoland metro area, home to Intelligentsia Coffee, with a mix of new and returning venues that feature a wide variety of racing courses.
Intelligentsia founder and CEO Doug Zell, himself a seasoned racer, explains his decision to sponsor the series.
"Adding new venues on the way to making this the most attended pro and amateur cycling series in the US, we couldn't be more happy. In our second year as the sponsor of the Intelligentsia Cup we are well on our way to that goal in a series that will highlight all levels of racing in and around Chicago."
Prairie State Cycling Series partner Tom Schuler, a former US national cycling champion, says that Chicago’s rich history of bike racing makes it a prime location for a large series that will attract both amateur and professional cyclists from around the region as well as from across the country, and that the continuation of Intelligentsia’s sponsorship will ensure a quality experience for everyone at the events.
"With Intelligentsia's support and investment in the Prairie State Cycling Series and cycling in general, we feel very fortunate to be able to emulate Intelligentsia's commitment to the highest possible standards while producing our series of bike races throughout Chicagoland this summer. A cyclist's experience at our events will be greatly enhanced by Doug Zell's continuing commitment to the Intelligentsia Cup and for that we are extremely grateful."
The series will run July 18-27, 2014 and feature category racing from beginning racers to seasoned elite amateurs, culminating at the end of each day with the featured professional men’s and women’s races. Each venue will also feature its own local event, ranging from kids races to family fun rides.
Save the Dates! Intelligentsia Cup July 18-27
February 24, 2014 - Mark your calendars, bank that vacation time with your boss/spouse and get your training calendars in order! The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series is returning in 2014 with plenty of racing around Chicagoland.
We'll be revealing individual venues over the coming months, including both road racing and criteriums. As well, NCC racing action returns to the series in Lake Bluff! Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we announce more information.
USA Cycling adds Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series to NCC
October 23, 2013 - USA Cycling on Wednesday announced the addition of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series to the 2014 edition of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC).
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series, a series of crits and road races in the greater Chicago area, will produce a one-day NCC event for men and women on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Lake Bluff, Ill., on Chicago’s north shore. The Series also hosted a NCC event in Lake Bluff in 2013.
This brings the total number of events on the NCC in 2014 to 17.
The NCC begins March 22 in Tampa, Fla., when riders compete in the Delray Beach Criterium.
Video provided by Lake Forest TV.