Friday, August 11, 2006

My First National Championships

Suburban Downers Grove hosts the National Criterium Championships every August. Criterium bicycle races are known for "high speeds, short courses, multiple laps, a tinge of danger and heart pounding sprints." And this year, I'll be a part of it.

But Dave, you're just a cyclotourist, and a darn lazy one lately.

I won't actually be participating. Heck, I might not even see any of the races. But by golly, I'll be signing books! Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Downers Grove will be hosting me on Saturday, August 19 from 3-5 PM and Sunday, August 20 from 1-3 PM. I'll have a table in front of the store on the sidewalk.

I can even work the hometown angle like I did in Champaign since I spent some of my (worst) formative years in neighboring Woodridge. I just hope I don't run into my second grade teacher -- I thought she was a witch. Hey, maybe I'll see the girl who barfed on my coat during recess... such fond memories!

So if you're attending the races, stop by between events to get your very own autographed copy of Biking Illinois: 60 Great Road Trips and Trail Rides. Anderson's Bookshop is on Main Street between the race course and the train station.

Other upcoming events:
  • August 15, 2006 Rockford, IL 7:00 PM @ Borders, 199 Deane Dr.
  • August 16, 2006 Chicago, IL 7:30 PM @ Borders Lincoln Village, 6103 N. Lincoln Ave. -- This one could be big. It's been listed in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader.
  • September 15, 2006 Geneva, IL 7:00 PM @ Barnes & Noble Geneva Commons, 103 Commons Dr.

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