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Cycling Wed Oct 22 2008

Midweek Reminders

Just a reminder of cycling at a slightly different speed - the second and final date of this year's Sunday Parkways is this weekend. The route, mostly on boulevards, starts at Garfield Park, through North Lawndale to Little Village. Stops along the way will feature dance, music and yoga. The free event starts at 9 A.M. and will run 'til 1 P.M.

If you're an active racer without a team, or even just like the camaraderie of being with a bunch of like-minded cyclists, now is the time to start thinking about joining up with a squad. At the amateur level, being a member of a team isn't so much about setting up your designated sprinter for a leadout to the final line. Rather, it's more about getting in with a group of riders with which you train, go to races with, and commiserate with in a coffeeshop after a race that didn't go exactly as planned.

Luke over at Chicago Bike Racing has an excellent list of Chicago-based teams. Some are open to new members, others are invite-only. Nearly all are able to provide support and guidance to new and veteran riders. Check these posts, here and here, for info on some of the squads that are actively recruiting new folks. All teams have different things to offer to different folks. Shop carefully and ask lots of questions.

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