Fox River Grove – Crit course
Fox River Grove, Illinois hosts a crit unlike any other. After sprinting off the start line, riders almost immediately turn left onto Ski Jump Hill (yes, like the ones they use in the Olympics), where they face a quarter-mile climb averaging over 8%, with the first half averaging over 15%! From there, riders shift into the big ring and begin the steep downhill which sends them flying through the local neighborhood at 35+ mph. There’s a sharp, left-hand corner at the bottom, and then a couple of rollers and winding roads before the final 90-degree turn into the finishing straight.