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Chicagoans- where do you go for a 10 mile TT(8 posts)

Chicagoans- where do you go for a 10 mile TTAlex R
Apr 26, 2001 7:12 AM
Something flat and long. Traffic is probably not a problem as I can always do it Sunday at 5 AM. I was thinking a good Lake County road, like St. Mary's and vicinity. Problem is, all that I know of pass a MAJOR intersection at some point that I can't count on blowing through.

If worst comes to worst, I think I could do Plaza de Lago to Ravinia on Sheridan-Old Green Bay-St. John's. If I left at Plaza de Lago I think I'd hit ten miles right at Roger Williams Drive in Highland Park. That's got lots of 90 degree turns I would rather avoid, but I'll take what I can get.

Any ideas are appreciated.

Alex
howdy Alex!rollo tommassi
Apr 26, 2001 8:21 AM
You could always do 18.6 laps at Northbrook!!!!! ;) We do that anyway for the District Points Race, and that's 50 laps!

We used to ride on Hunt Club Rd. a long time ago, but I don't know what it's like since Gurnee Mills and the theme park went in. Hunt Club just goes on forever - it was part of a route we took into Wisconsin (it's a North/South near Gurnee), but also check other related roads NW of Gurnee for more uninterupted routes.
Funny you should mention NorthbrookAlex R
Apr 26, 2001 8:52 AM
Cause I finally got a track bike! I'm really itching for that place to open. I've only had the track bike out a couple of times, always very early in the morning. I'm dying to take it on the oval.

By the way - the web site says opening night at Northbrook is May 24th. But I seem to recall you mentioning a skills clinic or something sponsored by your club on May 1st.

Please jog my memory.

Thanks so much Rollo,

Alex
Funny you should mention Northbrookrollo tommassi
Apr 26, 2001 9:31 AM
yes, season opens May 24; it seems that we were unable to get the track prior to opening (Park District still has soccer league play), so our first club training session will be May 29. I think it officially starts at 7:30pm, but people get there around 6-6:30 to warmup and get signed up, etc.

Otherwise our club road rides leave from Panera Bread, Hubbard Woods, Sat and Sundays at 8am.

hope to see you out there somewhere!
Is the track totally closed until 24th?Alex R
Apr 26, 2001 9:57 AM
Is the thing open for track bikes or stock bikes at all before then?

thanks,

Alex
Is the track totally closed until 24th?rollo tommassi
Apr 26, 2001 1:52 PM
I'm not sure - usually it's open for riding, but pre-scheduled and permitted events, including those held on the infield, have priority.

may be best to check their website or call the Northbrook Park District directly for more details.
re: Chicagoans- where do you go for a 10 mile TTtommyb
Apr 26, 2001 3:34 PM
When I lived in Chicago, I used to do some interval training rides on the frontage road along I-55 between Route 83 and Bolingbrook. There are several longer stretches without stops, but to do 10 miles without stopping you would probably have to do several turn-arounds. On the south side, we also did laps around Marquette Park (a nice 2.5 miles). I'm not sure about the north side.
re: Chicagoans- where do you go for a 10 mile TTErnest
Apr 27, 2001 10:19 AM
Wintertime you can use the lakefront from Hollywood to Lake Point Tower or from McCormick Center to where the construction ends near the Museum of Science and Industry :>).

Now, I have no idea as there is no good place in the city - too many people. Hunt Club Road is a good idea, did that a few times last year and it was deserted. However, I live in the city and don't have time to commute all the way out there to ride - it would turn in to a 4-6 hour ride with commute!

Any one have any ideas from Lincoln Park where the closest uninterrupted, uncongested ride is?