In order for CWEC to achieve OUR long-term mission, the pipeline of aspiring riders needs to be wide, long and consistently full.
We work towards developing female athletes through professional race director experience, training camps open to category 3/4 riders, post-race recaps and discussions, and development clinics and discussions throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.
TAKE A LOOK BACK AT 2016
Clinic #1: Planning A Season
Join us as we kick off the Chicago Women's Elite Cycling 2016 Development Series for a panel discussion on planning your racing season. Learn about local and national races, and how to best plan your upcoming 2016 series.
Ancien Cycles Saturday, February 20th @ 3PM
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED! BLOG RECAP HERE
Clinic #2: COURSE RECON
Join us for a group ride and course discussion, leaving from Edge Athlete Lounge and heading to Calumet, where Half Acre Cycling is hosting their beginner crit series "Skyway Classic" (April 4-7). Route will be posted closer to the date.
Meet at Edge Athlete Lounge Saturday, April 2 @ 8AM
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED! VIDEO TEASER BY CHASE BAUER:
Clinic #3: SKILLS & HANDLING
This discussion and on-bike practice will improve your confidence on the bike and sharpen your skills. We saw much success with this clinic in 2015 and are excited to host it again!
Blackhawk Farms Raceway, 15538 Prairie Rd, South Beloit, Illinois 61080
Saturday, April 9 11:15-12:15 — Held after the Women's 4 race and before the Women's Open. Read about the 2015 clinic:
CLINIC #4: JOE MARTIN RACE REPORT
CWEC riders gather to discuss their experience in Arkansas at the Joe Martin Stage Race (UCI 2.2). Hear their telling of the race and everything it took to get them there. Team tactics, race director dynamics, mechanic support, nutrition, and all of the ups and downs of stage racing at the UCI level. In addition, hear from local category 3/4 racers who did the series for the first time and why they think you should add it to your race calendar!
Discussion held at: Edge Athlete Lounge Tuesday, May 3 @ 7PM
CLINIC #5: VISION
Last year Brian Haas did a truly extraordinary job of presenting the Vision clinic to over 20 participants. He doesn't mess around. This is an on-bike clinic, practicing vision as it applies to cycling. Get ready to corner like a BOSS when Brian is finished with you.
This clinic is $20 and has limited space!
Clinic held at Monsters of the Midway Criterium, University of Chicago Campus Saturday, May 7 @ 11:15-12:15PM
CLINIC #6: Cycling Strategy
The fastest rider doesn’t always win. Thinking through and understanding cycling strategy can make or break chances of a victory.
Guest speaker Paul Swinand will discuss race strategy, reading a race, and understanding it all.
Paul Swinand has been riding and racing bicycles since the late 1970s. He raced on top amateur teams in Belgium, France and Italy in the late 1980s, and also participated in the US National team program as a junior. He has won state, regional and collegiate championships in a number of different time periods and places, and in road, criterium, time trail and track disciplines. He has organized a top category 1-2 Pro team sponsored by Bud Light in the 1990s and now organizes and coaches the juniors program for the Pony Shop Juniors and the Northbrook Velodrome Parks District. He currently resides in Evanston and races with the Weather Channel Masters on the road and with his three kids on the Pony Shop Cyclocross team.
Elgin Cycling Classic, Elgin, IL: Course Map
Part of the Fox River Omnium
Saturday May 14, 2016, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
CLINIC #7: CAPSTONE CLINIC WITH THE PROS
We will be bringing together all the skills from previous clinics as we recon the unique and challenging Glencoe Grand Prix course. We will review cornering, tactics, sprinting, and give pointers for the big day. Pro presenter TBD.
Friday June 3, 2016, 6:30-8:30PM
Registration begins @ 6pm
Location: Glencoe GGP course
Cost: $10 donation to CWEC
Women's Midwest Road Race Championship RECON
Monday July 4, 2016, 9AM
Meet at @ 9am for the parade at 10am. The course ride will follow the parade.
Location: Leland Grade School, 370 N Main Street, Leland, IL 60531
Open to everyone