The (free) Ten Thousand gravel ride out of Freeport Bicycle Co is this Sunday! This is THE most epic cycling event in the area. Join me! There’s a few different lengths, but if you really hate yourself, the 120 mile option is the only choice.
RRM is riding as a group Saturday 8a at the Blackhawk Country Roads Ride. There’s snacks in the middle and a nice lunch after. Wear your RRM gear.
RRM Meeting next Wednesday the 29th. 7p at Rocktown Adventures. Pizza and drinks. The club T shirts will be there.
It wasn’t terribly long ago that everything was covered in ice and it was dark way too early. Just a couple months ago. Now that’s in the past and we all know the kickoff to summer is Memorial Day Weekend.
Here’s four things I think a lot of you would enjoy.
1) Blackhawk Country Roads Ride on Saturday. As long as RRM has existed, we have done a group ride at 8a on the Blackhawk Country Roads Ride. This is easily the biggest bicycle group event in the area and has gone on for many years. Most people do the 65 mile route, but a few will do the 45 mile as well. Please join us as we ride together as a group. Wear your RRM gear too. You do need to be registered for this ride. Online registration ends tonight, but you can sign up in person as well.
2) The Ten Thousand gravel ride in Freeport on Sunday. If you’re not super into cycling or haven’t explored ‘gravel’ riding, that’s fine. There’s 3 more. If you have a bike you like to ride and have tires that can handle some gravel (I would say 33 mm at low pressure is the minimum). If it’s a mountain bike, you might be even more comfortable than the rest of us and have the right gearing for the crazy hills out that way. Check out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/539100813244437/. I can’t guarantee you will become the cover photo of the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitor and Community Guide, but it’s happened to me 100% of the time I have completed The Ten Thousand.
3) The RRM meeting Wednesday, May 29th at Rocktown Adventures. Rocktown has an incredible selection of outdoor gear from clothes to camping to kayaks. They also do a lot of rentals and day trips. We have an upcoming RRM only kayak trip that Rocktown Adventures is hosting. Join us at 7p for pizza, drinks and finding out more about the RRM kayak trip day trip. If you have been waiting for your RRM club t shirt, they are in and this is the meeting to get it.
4) Start swimming! The Peak Sports Club outdoor pool opens Saturday. 10z-7p every day and they usually have a lane or two open for swimming. Morning lap swim is supposed to be 7a-8a M-F starting June 3rd on mornings it’s at least 68 degrees. Swimming in Geneva Lake starts back up (we recommend Fontana Beach) where you can get solo open water practice in. There’s a huge open water swim practice in Crystal Lake at 3 Oaks every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. 1500 m course, lifeguards and a swim coach has been there the last few times I have gone. It’s only $5 to park and $5 to swim (and that includes locker rooms with lockers and showers).
I also wanted to point out an “Xterra” mountain bike triathlon in Peoria the day after Northpointe (Sunday, June 8th). 800 m swim, 15 mile mt bike, 4 mile run. I really want to go check this out. Hit me up if you want to go too. I’m looking for a person or two to join me so we can carpool and split a hotel room. Head down Saturday, do a practice lap of the mountain bike course and then rest up. It looks like a small, but fun event. The only other Xterra I have ever done was the most fun I have ever had at a triathlon.
If you want to do some group rides now, here’s what I can think of off of the top of my head. The Beloit Stateline Spinners have already started up their Tuesday groups. They do a great job of splitting into several groups all the way from very beginner to fairly experienced. You will find a welcoming crowd matched to your ability there. Their motto is “No rider left behind” and I have never heard anybody suggest they act otherwise. If gravel is your interest, keep an eye on Freeport Bicycle Company. They host a Tuesday evening ride on gravel at 6p (plus their road ride Saturday’s at 8a). If you want to go really fast on road bikes in a paceline, be ready to leave from Baumann Park at 6p Wednesday nights or the UIC College of Medicine at 8a on a Saturday. That same group has an easier pace ride leaving from UIC College of Medicine at 5:30p on Mondays. Some stop at Olympic Tavern on the way back. They have an incredible burger special Monday nights and you can sit on the patio near your bike.
The Northpointe Prairie Triathlon is Saturday, June 8th. They have given us a $5 coupon code that RRM members can use. Send me an email if you need it.
Thank you so much to Dr. Joe Frost of Frost Family Pet Clinic for providing so much of your time and talent to give us so many quality pictures for this event! And the time trial and three cyclocross races as well!
Local Cycling Related EventsClub member Ryan Satterlee made a big list of most of local bike related events for 2019. You should check it out at http://nicyc.com/.
This is a self supported ride of 120 miles and 10,000 ft of climbing! Its always the Sunday before Memorial Day, starts and end at FBC.
The Midwest is often thought of as a vast, flat mass of land punctuated by endless fields of corn and soybeans. Though that is fairly accurate, there exists an area untouched by the glacial advances that have left much of North Central America with the dull landscape we call home. This area is the Driftless.
Ten Thousand will be 120-ish miles and roughly 10,000ft. of elevation gain with gorgeous views atop high ridges, thrilling descents into river valleys, and astonishingly difficult climbs that’ll put even a mountain dwelling cyclist in pain.
Northpointe Prairie Triathlon
Saturday, June 8, 2019 8:00am
5605 Rockton Road
Roscoe, IL US 61073
The Prairie Triathlon at NorthPointe, Saturday, June 8, 2019 8:00am
This is one Hot Race!
Our past participants say “ it’s a Great Beginners Triathlon, with Super Volunteers and free children’s activities to entertain your family while you race!”
Triathletes will swim 350 yards in the seven lane pool. Participants will swim one lap in each lane ducking under the lane marker to transfer to the next lane. Once the swim is complete, participants will exit the pool and head to the bike corral for the start of the 17-mile country road open course which takes place in Winnebago & Boone Counties. Triathletes will finish in the bike corral and begin the 3.1 run on the Campus trails which are a mix of blacktop & crushed limestone sections.
Fees increase May 14th
RACE PACKET PICK UP:
Race day packet pickup: 6:00-7:30 AM
FREE Fit n Fun Fair with exciting activities for kids 8:00-11:00am
Race Entry Fees go to Benefit the Stateline Boys & Girls Club!
Rock River Multisport is a non-profit club based in the Rock River Region of Northern Illinois. RRM is built by endurance focused athletes of all skill levels.
RRM focuses on creating a community for collaborative training and mentorship and seeks to promote healthy lifestyles through local opportunities for its members to train and race with a supportive group of like-minded individuals.
We pair athletes together for training and racing opportunities and seek sponsors and local partner affiliations to help our athletes make and achieve their athletic goals in a number of endurance sports (swimming, running, cycling, triathlon, x-country skiing, endurance racing, inline skating, etc.).
Most importantly of all, we want to create a fun atmosphere for people who are interested in sharing what it takes to compete in endurance sports and enjoy life.
While predominately a social club, expect to see exciting training and racing events in areas currently missing from the area!
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