“It’s too bad you never got to race Downer’s Grove… man that was an awesome time.”
“You should have raced the Chicago Crit. Flying down Michigan Avenue was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done on a bike.”
We are so spoiled in Northern Illinois. The area has a long history of racing that the rest of the country would kill for. The sad thing about this sport, though, is that nothing is forever. Especially cool races.
It’s sad to read this morning that another one of our favorites, the Leland Kermesse, has fallen off the 2013 race calendar. If you’re a regular reader of these pages you know that the men and women of the Bicycle Heaven Racing Team love the Leland Kermesse. Love it.
While Leland never grew to take on the national importance of Downers Grove, there is no local race that better captured the essence of spring riding in rural Chicagoland. For whatever reason, Lelend seemed to be one of those incredible races that was revered more by the “foreigners” than many locals- last year’s P/1/2 race had more riders from Michigan than from the city of Chicago. The fact that local riders may be so picky with respect to this race is a testament to the quality and number of events we have in this area. Nevertheless, we are sorry to see this one go.
Take a minute to look through our (many) past posts that featured or mentioned Leland to get a better idea of how much we loved the race. Thanks to everybody at Flatlandia for the work you did to put this race on when you could. In a few years we’ll be happy to tell all of the new riders about that race they used to do in Leland, and how cool it was to race there.
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