To benefit World Bicycle Relief
- Zipcar Sponsors Cat 2/3 Series
- Intelligentisia Cup Parnters with Fyxation to bring Fixed Gear Racing to Chicago Criterium Course
- SIGMA USA Sponsors Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series
- Intelligentisia Coffee Prairie State Cycling Series to Resurrect Classic Downers Grove Criterium Course
- Sun-Times Highlights Prairie State Series in Summer Fun Guide
- Intelligentisia Coffee Continues Title Sponsorship of Prairie State Cycling Series
- USA Cycling adds Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series to NCC
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Downers Grove Criterium
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Return of Downers Grove Lives Up to Expectations, Hartley, Schneider secure overall Intelligentsia Cup
For the first time since 2008 the former USPRO criterium championship course in Downers Grove saw racing action, to the delight of both racers and spectators. And the action did not disappoint either, seeing breakaways in both the women’s and men’s pro races.
Chad Hartley (Athlete Octane) put his stamp on the overall series by taking the win on a course where he grew up watching pro racing. Even though a dangerous break formed early his team did not panic. Late in the race a chase group split off the field and caught the break in the final lap, bringing Hartley the chance for the win. Leading out of the final turn ensured he had the best line and he took that lead all the way to the line ahead of Brandon Feehery (Astellas) and Yeison Ulloa (Columbia Specialized).
Even though Peter Olejniczak (SPBC) was mathematically in the hunt for the overall Hartley’s win sealed it with Feehery taking third.
In the women’s race a two-rider break formed half-way through with Morgan Brown (Fearless Femme) and Irena Ossola (Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery). The two built a huge lead and fought it out for the win with the fast Brown easily taking the sprint. With two laps to go a gambler’s prime was dropped and ISCORP’s Lexie Millard went for it — and kept it rolling for a solo third place.
In the overall Sam Schneider (TIBCO) easily cruised in with the overall ahead of Tina Pic (Fearless Femme) returning to where she won a handful of national titles.
Thanks to everyone who made this series possible, from the racers to the fans to the volunteers and officials. See you all in 2015!
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)
Wednesday, July 23
Willow Springs Road Race
(Road Race - Willow Springs, 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)
Sunday, July 27
Downers Grove Criterium
(Criterium - Downers Grove, IL)
Zipcar Sponsors Cat 2/3 Series
Zipcar Offers Discounted Membership and FREE Driving Credit During Series
Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, joins the Intelligentsia Cup in sponsoring the Category 2/3 omnium series with the overall series winner receiving a FREE Zipcar membership and $75 in driving credit!
"Zipcar has long been a supporter of the cycling community and we’re proud to be sponsoring this year’s Intelligentsia Cup," said Charles Stephens, general manager of Zipcar Chicago. "Biking, riding and walking are a great complement to Zipcar and with Zipcar, members can get themselves and their bike, where they need to be."
In addition to the prize for the overall Category 2/3 winner, Zipcar is offering a special Intelligentsia Cup sign-up promotion. Join for $55 (regular is $80) and get $55 in free driving credit! Use promo code "CYCLING." Learn more about Zipcar and sign up at www.zipcar.com/cycling.
Intelligentisia Cup Parnters with Fyxation to bring Fixed Gear Racing to Chicago Criterium Course
"Fyxation Open" Fixed Gear Criterium Added To Racing Docket
Chicago - Fyxation, a leading manufacturer of urban bicycles, and the Intelligentsia Cup, the premiere bicycle racing series in Chicagoland, announced today the first annual Fyxation Open fixed gear criterium race on July 26 as part of the Chicago Criterium event of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.
The Fyxation Open will be held on the Chicago Criterium race course in the heart of downtown Chicago between the pro women and pro men main events. This will be a true fixed gear criterium and only racers riding fixed gear track style bikes with drop bars and no freewheel or brakes will be eligible to compete. The field limit is set at 75 riders and will be available on a first come/first served basis.
Riders will be eligible to win over $1500 in cash, prizes and race primes from Fyxation and a host of other sponsors including Chrome Industries, All City Cycles, Nutcase and ABUS.