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Cycling Wed May 12 2010

All sorts of cycling happenings

Wow, it's that time of the year that everything bike-related is happening. Every weekend, there's a race, ride, film showing, or by-bike bar-hop that's worth attending.

Let's start with the big one: the MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive on May 30. This is the annual major fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance of Chicago, the group that works so hard to improve non-car transport through this big city. This event brings everyone together, commuters, families, racers, to ride on Lake Shore Drive all morning long and see the city's lakefront from a unique vantage point. Registration is here, with different tiers offering extras. Features this year include a festival, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (load up on the carbs), and other thrilling things.

The NY Velocity Tour is coming to the Kenosha Washington Park velodrome on May 22. This event pits messengers and racers in a number of race formats, including match sprints, miss-n-out, and pursuit. In past years, the NYV Tour was a veritable bike-racing party and celebration of all things "Hipster Nascar." Get into it -- information is here.

The next day, on May 23, CAMBR (Chicago Area Mountain Bikers) is hosting a screening of Follow Me, a film about those brave dirtjump and downhill souls who bomb mountains at ridiculous speeds, at Cobra Lounge (235 North Ashland) at 6 p.m. This event is a big fundraiser for CAMBR's trailbuilding and advocacy efforts, the fruits of which include the Gardens.

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