Fyxation Open Fixed Gear Criterium Comes to Chicago

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first annual Fyxation Open fixed gear criterium in Chicago, IL on July 26th, 2014. This high energy fixed gear only criterium will be held in conjunction with the Chicago Criterium on day 7 of the Prairie State Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup and will be held just prior to the men's pro main event at 5:50PM. Over $1500 in cash, prizes and primes are up for grabs during the Open and with a field limit of only 75 riders space will fill up quickly!

This first of it's kind Midwest fixed gear crit is expected to draw the best riders from the Chicago area and surrounding states. Taking place on the same street course as the Chicago Criterium, the Fyxation Open is a true fixed gear crit and only racers riding fixed gear bikes with drop bars will be eligible to compete. The field limit is set at 75 riders and race spots are available on a first come/first serve basis. Riders can pre-register for $30 by visiting the Prairie State Cycling website. Each rider will receive a commemorative Fyxation Open T-shirt and will be eligible to win over $1500 in cash, prizes and race primes from Fyxation and a host of other sponsors including Chrome Industries, All City Cycles, Red Bull, Nutcase and Abus.  

Full race rules are posted on the Prairie State Cycling series website but because this is a winner take all event with no qualifying rounds, we'll be staging CAT 2 and above riders at the front just prior to the race and once the race has begun riders out of contention may be pulled from the race.

Posters have been printed and we are partnering with local bike shops, cycling teams, local and national media to spread the word about this great event.  We've also teamed up with former national criterium champion, Olympian and member of Team 7-Eleven, Tom Schuler, to help plan and promote the event.

"The Intelligentsia Cup is excited to bring fixed gear racing back to Chicagoland with the first ever Fyxation Open race as a part of the Chicago Criterium on July 26th." said Intelligentsia Cup co-founder and U.S. professional criterium champion Tom Schuler. "Back in the day, fixed gear road racing was a bike racing staple with classic events like the 50 mile Elgin to Chicago race. We are excited to host this high energy form of bike racing, once again reminding us that everything old is new again. Please join us for the Fyxation Open on July 26th."

Nick Ginster, co-founder and general manager of Fyxation was quoted as saying, "Partnering with Tom Schuler and his team at the Prairie State Cycling Series has been a great experience and we're confident the event will be a huge success. Not only are the race organizers great at handling race logistics, but being able to work side by side with professional cyclists and national cycling champions have added a great rider’s perspective when planning the Fyxation Open." 

Full race details, bike set-up regulations and registration info are available below. Please contact us at with any other questions.

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