The sixth annual ABD Cycle Club's Indoor Time Trial Series, the United States' longest running indoor series, will wrap up on the first two weekends in April with the final indoor event at the Chicago Bike Show on Navy Pier and the John Fraser Memorial Time Trial in Maple Park, Illinois. Competitors have the option of competing on either April 2 or 3 at the Bike Show, and the outdoor series finale will be Sunday, April 10. The first four events were held at the Parks Plus Facility in Wheaton, Illinois.
"We started the series as a way for Midwest riders to stay motivated through the cold Winter months, and initially we had about 60 riders compete in four events", said ABD Vice-President Mary Lee Geraghty. "This year we'll average over 200 riders at each of six events." The ABD Elite Men's squad will also be on hand at the Bike Show to participate in the races and host the new "ABD Sprint Challenge" open to any Chicago Bike Show attendee. The "Chicago's Bravest vs. Chicago's Finest" event will also be haled, lining up five Chicago Firemen versus five Chicago Policemen in a race to see which department accumulates the most distance in a set amount of time. The winning team will have a $1,250 donation made in their name courtesy of LaSalle Bank to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering cancer research.
ABD took the series outdoors to Maple Park in 2001 as a finale for riders competing in the overall standings. It also helped mark the "official" transition to the outdoor racing season. Renamed in 2002 for a dedicated club member who passed away, the third annual John Fraser Memorial Time Trial will be held Sunday, April 10, the weekend after the Chicago Bike Show.
Registration for both events is open to all cyclists, regardless of whether or not they've competed in previous events in the series. For questions or more information, go to www.prairiepathcycles.com