FixXxiE Racing Junior Track Program

  2020 Eric Sprattling 3-States Ride

Originally posted on October 5, 2020 (Updated on November 10, 2020)
The 2020 Eric Sprattling Memorial 3-States Ride will be a little different this year since we have cancelled all group rides and activities. In 2009, as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, we started an annual Eric Sprattling 3-states ride. Eric was a co-founder of XXX Racing, a long-time bike messenger, and a mentor/coach to a lot of the initial team members. One of the hearts on our team jersey is dedicated to Eric; he passed away in 1999. Eric would sometimes do a 3-states ride for training, and we continue to honor his memory every year with a memorial 3-states ride. We use this ride every year as an opportunity to remember Eric and the contributions he made to XXX Racing and the Chciago cycling community.

Read a tribute to Eric Sprattling by fellow messenger Jeff Benjamin:http://www.ahalenia.com/memorial/esprat.html
(Note: Shortly after we first published this link, the original page was unaccessible for a number of days. You can also access this archived version.)

This year we are using the Eric Sprattling 3-States Ride as a way to keep our teammates and team friends engaged in fun bike rides and also as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for XXX Racing's FixXxiE Racing Junior Track Program. In 2019, the FixXxiE Racing Junior Track Program was established to provide youths from underserved communities in Chicago with the resources, transportation, and funding they need to race at the Thursday Night Track Racing series at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook from May through September.

NOTE: This is not a group ride. Ride alone or with people in your bubble, mask up, maintain distance, and follow all other required safety precautions related to COVID-19, including stops in neighboring states affected by Chicago's Emergency Travel Order.

This event is free and there are no fundraising requirements, but optionally, you can use this ride as an way to raise awareness and funding for the FixXxiE Racing Program. Share your ride on social media and via email with friends and family. You can ask for donations to help raise funding for the program if you want to, but you are not required to do so. We have a simple donation page on our website. You can make a donation yourself or direct your friends and family to our donation page at https://xxxracing.org/donate to make a donation on your behalf. All donations to this page will be directed to the FixXxiE Racing Junior Track Program, which you can read more about below.

Make a donation to the FixXxiE Racing Program here!

This year there are a number of options for completing the Eric Sprattling Memorial 3-States Ride. We know that everyone may not want or be able to do a big, 100+ mile ride at this point in the season/year so we want to give you options. There are three route options in Chicago: the full 150-mile 3 states route, a 100-mile (OK, 111 miles) route to Wisconsin and back, and a 57-mile route to Whiting, Indiana, and back. And if you would like to ride a different route or don't live in Chicago, get creative and plan your own route in Chicago or elsewhere! Teammate Dana Kotler, who lives in Massachusetts, did just that by riding a 122-mile route in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Maybe you want to do a ride on Zwift or your other favorite indoor/virtual cycling platform... great, show us what you got!

2020 Eric Sprattling Memorial 3-States Ride - Route options:

  • 150-mile 3 States Ride Route: This route follows our regular Saturday team ride route and continues along the usual “border-run” route to Wisconsin (second state). The route then proceeds back to Chicago’s lakefront (yes, the LFT) and heads to Indiana (third state) before heading back to the City. You don’t have to do the entire epic 150-mile route to participate, but riders of varying abilities participate every year. https://www.strava.com/routes/2748327437320957462
  • 100-mile (OK, 111 miles) route to Wisconsin and back: https://www.strava.com/routes/2748335585407713904
  • 57-mile route to Whiting, Indiana, and back (including Mascot Hall of Fame and Lakefront Park in Whiting): https://www.strava.com/routes/2748342017009747352
  • Get creative and plan your own route in Chicago or elsewhere!

Our team is what it is because of a lot of hard work and dedication by a lot of people. Eric Sprattling is one of those people who dedicated himself to the team at the very beginning. Please consider honoring our history and Eric by joining us for the 3-states ride. Again, this is a free event and fundraising is completely optional. You can read more abou the FixXxiE Racing Junior Track Program below.

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  FixXxiE Racing Program Information

Make a donation to the FixXxiE Racing Program here!

April 14, 2019 - Today we are proud to announce FixXxiE Racing, a program dedicated to bringing the benefits of velodrome racing to a diverse group of Chicago girls and boys. The FixXxiE Racing program will bring between 4 to 6 youths to race at the Thursday Night Track Racing series at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook from May through September. We believe that competitive cycling provides lifelong social and emotional benefits and that it encourages a healthy lifestyle. The FixXxiE Racing program is a partnership between xXx Racing-Athletico and Blackstone Bicycle Works. This program will provide resources to its junior racers so that everyone can participate regardless of financial means. XXX Racing-Athletico will provide program leadership, transportation to and from the velodrome, racer licensing, race fees, meals, mentorship, and coaching. Blackstone Bicycle Works will provide bikes, race gear, coaching, and mentoring.

Blackstone Bicycle Works: The mission of Blackstone Bicycle Works is to provide educational and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods.

Blackstone Bicycle Works will provide:

  • Racers: 4-6 youths are ideal for the program's pilot year. A larger group will be invited to attend the May 11th Track Clinic.
  • Bikes
  • Race gear
  • Coaching and Mentorship

xXx Racing-Athletico: xXx Racing-Athletico is incorporated as an Illinois 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, and we have a mission of fostering, promoting, and increasing cycling and bike racing in Chicagoland.

xXx Racing-Athletico will provide:

  • FixXxiE Racing Program Leadership
  • Transportation between Blackstone Bicycle Works and the velodrome in Northbrook
  • USA Cycling Licensing
  • Race Fees
  • Mentoring and Coaching

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  Who rode the 2020 Eric Sprattling 3-States Memorial Ride

November 10, 2020 - So far in 2020 we have had 4 teammates ride the Eric Sprattling 3-States Memorial Ride in Chicago and elsewhere!

Dana Kotler - Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
https://www.instagram.com/p/CHWJISglzCF/
https://www.strava.com/activities/4217629363

Randy Warren - N. Carolina, Tennessee, and S. Carolina
https://www.instagram.com/p/CHZLaJUF6q0/
https://www.strava.com/activities/4304599113

Dylan Wiwad - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana
https://www.instagram.com/p/CHbqlDYlMIH/
https://www.strava.com/activities/4304707170

Kevin Corcoran - Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan
https://www.instagram.com/p/CHeS1bdFlms/
https://www.strava.com/activities/4012093763

Kevin O'Neill - Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan (Day 1) + Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois (Day 2)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CH_3WWtFF1V/
https://www.strava.com/activities/4375680444

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Updated November 24, 2020