Intelligentsia Cup Remains Largest Competitive Road Cycling Event in America
August 17, 2022
August 16, 2022 Chicago, IL /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ Intelligentsia Cup remains the largest competitive road cycling event in America with more than 5,400 entries for the 2022 season, including riders from 17 countries and 42 states. The 10 day series began July 22, and concluded July 31, with both amateur and professional cyclists competing to win cash and glory.
“The Intelligentsia Cup is one of the most competitive road race series in the country. Cyclists from all over the world train to come here, vying for the top step and upgrade points. We are proud to create an event that honors their efforts” – Marco Colbert, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Intelligentsia Cup
The 2022 series also hit another important milestone, marking a significant increase in women riders. Over 30% of the total entries were women, up nearly 10% from 2021.
“Women participation is very important to us. As a former pro cyclist, and former manager of both men’s and women’s teams, I want to see that representation in the sport. Hitting this milestone is really exciting, and I am hopeful that it means we will be seeing more women entering and competing in the sport.” – Tom Schuler, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Intelligentsia Cup
Intelligentsia Cup’s 10 days of criterium racing took racers to a new community each day, complete with unique challenges and a party atmosphere in each location.
“Intelligentsia Cup is a community event with a bike race. Our goal is to engage with each of our host communities and showcase how exciting, inspiring, and awesome bike racing can be. These stages are all incredible parties with plenty of stuff to do for the whole family” – Marco Colbert, Race Director
The Intelligentsia Cup is a 10-day road series in and around Chicagoland. The 2022 venues included: West Dundee, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Mundelein, Lombard, South Chicago, Northbrook, Elgin, Lake Bluff, and West Fulton Market in Chicago. This exciting series attracts elite and amateur cyclists from all over America and around the world, and is the largest competitive road series in the country. Intelligentsia Cup recently joined the American Criterium Cup, a series of criteriums that share a vision to elevate the stature of American criterium racing and create engaging events that are spectator-friendly, and great for the communities in which races are staged. American Criterium Cup events are livestreamed on the Outside online network.