The Intelligentsia Cup is on right now in the Chicagoland area - with the big races coming this weekend. Tish Kelly, creator and owner of the CWA Racing p/b TREK team, took a few minutes from racing (and partying) to share some thoughts on what makes this race event special.
The finale of the 7-day inaugural Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series was packed with great racing and changes in jersey ownership before an appreciative crowd at the Sammy’s Bike Shop/Dreyer St. Charles Criterium. Sammy’s Bike Shop, adjacent to the finish line and serving espresso and hand-rolled fresh sushi beneath their ceiling-mounted carbon wheels, was the perfect host for the fourth of four USA Cycling National Criterium (NCC) dates on the Series.
After a wild Friday night in Elmhurst when pigs flew and unicorns mated, the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continued on Saturday at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium where more mania ensued for the third of four USA Cycling National Criterium (NCC) dates of the Series.
“I’m from Florida, and it’s blazing,” said David Guttenplan (AG Bicyles/Guttenplan Coaching) when asked by announcer Todd Busteed, who lost his voice by night’s end, about racing in the fifth mid-ninety degree day during the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.
Day 4 of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series took the two-wheeled road show to the 11th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic in South Chicago, where the Mercury boasted 95 degrees at the start of the Pro Women’s race, for the first of four consecutive USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) dates during the Series.
Tour de Crystal Lake presented by McHenry County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, day 2 of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series, exuded all that is right with a gorgeous summer day in the Midwest, despite the cotton-candy sticky sweet upper-eighty degree sweat.