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Brian Boyle takes ride Tuesday night July 5 2011 through Beverly neighborhood Chicago Illinois as he prepares for annual Beverly

Brian Boyle takes a ride Tuesday night July 5, 2011 through the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois as he prepares for the annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. | Art Vassy~Sun-Times Media

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Cyclists ready to kick off 17-day

International Cycling Classic

and Superweek Pro Tour

July 8-24

It began as a single race at Milwaukee’s Summerfest in 1969, expanding into a weeklong series in the Milwaukee area under the name Superweek. In 1985, Superweek added several races in cities to the north of Milwaukee, establishing the current 17-day, 17-race format. In 2002, the Classic debuted in Illinois with the Bensenville Criterium, followed in 2003 by the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, the Classic is the oldest and longest-running multi-category cycling race in the world.

Beverly Hills
Cycling Classic
Friday
Past Winners:

2010 Bernard Sulzberger

2009 Bernard Sulzberger

2008 Sterling Magnell

2007 Andrew Crater

2006 Christian Valenzuela

2005 Hilton Clarke, Australia

2004 Robbie Ventura

2003 Jonas Carney

Schedule:

Time Event/Category Distance Field Limit Purse Places Entry Fee

5:15 pm Big Wheel Race N/A N/A
N/A N/A 0

5:45 pm Pro 1/2 100k 200
$2,500 25 $40.00

Homewood Cycling Classic
Sunday
Past Winner:

2010 Aurelion Passeron

Schedule:

Time Event/Category Distance Field Limit Purse Places Entry Fee

10:00 am Cat 4/5 Men 20 Mi 75
$550 15 $30.00

11:00 am Cat 3/4 Women 20 Mi 75
$400 10 $30.00

12:00 pm Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3 30 miles 160
$700 160 $30.00

1:20 pm Masters 35+ 4/5 20 Mi 75
$400 10 $30.00

2:20 pm Cat 3 Men 30 miles 160
$550 15 $30.00

3:40 pm Pro 1/2/3 Women 55 K 160
$850 15 $30.00

5:15 pm Local Events

5:45 pm Pro 1/2 100 K 200 $2,500 25 $40.00

Richton Park
Criterium

MondayPast Winners:

2010 Carlos Ospina

2009 Hans Deckers

2008 Chad Burdzilauskas

Schedule:

Time Event/Category Distance Field Limit Purse Places Entry Fee

9:10 am Cat 4/5 Men 40 minutes 75 $550 16 $30

10:00 am Cat 3/4 Women 40 minutes 75
$400 10 $30

10:50 am Mas. 35+ Cat 1/2/3 50 minutes 160 $700 15 $30

11:50 am Masters 35+ 4/5 40 minutes 75
$400 75 $30

12:40 pm Cat 3 Men 50 minutes 160 $550 15 $30

1:40 pm Pro/1/2/3 Women 60 minutes 160 $850 15 $30

2:50 pm Pro Men Callups 0 0
0 0 0

3:00 pm Pro/1/2 Men 135 minutes 200 $2,500 25 $40

International Cycling Classic
Beverly Hills Classic
Homewood Cycling Classic
Richton Park Criterium
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Updated: October 31, 2011 10:36AM



Preparing for many of the races he participates in, Brian Boyle knows he is capable of pulling off the win. But for Friday’s Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, the 25-year old rider has a less lofty goal. He just wants to finish the almost 60-mile race that winds through the streets of Chicago’s Beverly community.

“The course at Beverly, it just kills you,” Boyle said. “There are years where no one from the local teams finishes. I’ve done (Beverly) twice before, and just gotten shelled right away. I can hang with most of those guys on a reasonable course, but this one is tough.”

Friday’s race in Beverly opens the 17-day International Cycling Classic and Superweek Pro Tour, two-plus weeks of bike racing held in locations all over Chicago, northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Local races will continue Sunday with the Homewood Cycling Classic and Monday with the Richton Park Criterium.

For Boyle, it will be his third crack at the Beverly Race after competing but failing to finish in 2008 and 2010. The hometown kid who grew up in Beverly, Boyle is a 2003 St. Ignatius grad and will be riding for the local team, Beverly Bike Vee Pak Racing.

A casual bike rider through high school, Boyle was introduced to competitive racing when his parents opened their home to several riders competing in the 2003 series. Curious as to exactly what went on, he got the answers he was looking for.

“They answered my questions and made it seem really cool,” Boyle said. “I’d always thought with bikes you just ride around. You see (with this race) that it’s pretty dangerous and kind of extreme. You see that sort of power, and it was what made me think I should give it a try.”

Boyle got into racing, competing for Colorado College and qualifying for nationals three times. He also rides for Notre Dame, where he is heading into his third year of law school.

He has progressed from a Category 5, or novice, rider to national-level Category 2.

But there are national riders, and then there are pros. Boyle’s task at Beverly includes conquering not only the hilly course, but a strong international field.

He knows success or failure will spell itself out early.

“I can finish this race, and I have the endurance to,” Boyle said. “This requires everything to go right just to finish. There have been fewer than 20 riders to finish out of an 80-man field, and that’s insane. If I can last those first 20 minutes, that’s the key thing.”

In those early minutes, the international teams will try to cull the field by setting a fast pace. The best riders will top 40 miles per hour.

“It all depends on if I can keep up those first couple of laps, and then I can sit in and things will slow down,” Boyle said. “It’s just survival. It matters when you go into the race with that attitude. The only way to make the breakaway is to risk not finishing. I want to finish. That’s the key.”

Beverly opens Superweek for the ninth straight year. The series continues locally Sunday after traveling to Geneva on Saturday.

Sunday’s Homewood race coincides with the final day of Homewood Days.

“It’s always been a goal of ours to run the race as part of Homewood Days,” Superweek marketing director Michael Garrison said. “Last year they saw how we ran the race, and we worked together to get it done.”

After debuting last year in Superweek, the Homewood Cycling Classic features a new course this year with six turns and two long straightaways, including one on Dixie Highway. The local races wrap up Monday in Richton Park.

Garrison says other south suburbs have approached the tour about adding locations, leaving the door open for more races in the years to come.

“This year we have all the same locations, but a lot of places in Illinois want to get in, and we just don’t have room for them now,” Garrison said. “Orland Park is one of the locations we’ve been referred to. (Starting Friday), we have a lot of quality out of the gate, and we hope the field is better than ever.”



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