Illinois Homegrown Race Series is growing

By WEEK Reporter

Illinois Homegrown Race Series is growing

June 23, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM CDT

BRIMFIELD, Ill. -- About 130 bicyclists raced in the Illinois Homegrown Race Series championship at Jubilee College State Park.

Novice cyclists raced the seven-mile-loop, sport riders raced 14 miles and experts raced 21 miles for a chance to participate in a national race.

Association President Betsy Silzer says more people understand the health benefits of mountain biking.

"Any time you're on a bike you're definitely burning a lot of calories. The great thing about mountain biking, the way I feel , is you kind of have to concentrate on what you're doing," Silzer said. "You get on the mountain bike, and that's all you're thinking about. It's just a really great way to get your workout in."

Medical professionals were on site to care for the injured or those suffering from heat related conditions. Local bicycle shop owners donated items at an event raffle to help fund the race.

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