The Elaine Nekritz Trophy Race was created in 2006 to ensure that women had the opportunity to race in an event that offered a higher level of competitiveness and a higher prize distribution. The event is sponsored by Alberto’s of Highland Park. Elaine has a long history of affiliation with the shop and it was fitting for them to be part of this important milestone for the women’s program at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The event is ranked among the largest prize offering for women racers. Two races are held and elite race (category I/II/III) and a category IV.
For the 2nd year, the event will be sponsored by Alberto’s of Highland Park and will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2007. The race will boast a $1,000 total purse with the elite women racing 35 laps for the privilege of having her name engraved on the trophy and the category IV women will race 15 laps. The Elaine Nekritz Trophy will provide the winner with a trifecta of honors since the event is designated as the velodrome, Elite Qualifier and Illinois State Championship; in other words the elite winner will earn bragging rights of becoming the velodrome, Illinois State Champion while also qualifying for the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships to be held in Carson, CA on October 3-7, 2007.
About Elaine Nekritz
Place of birth: Wichita, KS
Place of residence: Northbrook, Illinois
Number of years as a Cat 1 racer: 1994 to 1996 (3 seasons)
Number of years racing at the Ed Rudolph: 1987 to 1996
Strongest track events: Points and pursuit races
Favorite velodrome: Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome
Other: Criterium specialist
Early beginnings: began as a triathlete in 1985, fell in love with cycling, achieved Category 1 status and competed in multiple national level events.
Former Club affiliation: Alberto’s Sport
Top Track Results
2nd – Masters National Championship Points Race (W35-39) – 1994
Road Race Palamarès
1st – Quad Cities Criterium (Moline, IA) 1995
1st – Snake Alley Criterium (Burlington, IA) 1995
3rd – Athens Twilight Criterium (Athens, GA) 1995
3rd – Masters National Championships Criterium (W35-39) 1993 (St. Louis, MO)
“The track was an integral part of my success as a criterium racer. It taught me tactics, handling in tight spaces and gave me the ability to attack, recover and attack again. The good thing about track racing was that if you made a mistake, there were two more races to try and get it right” stated Nekritz.
Currently, Elaine Nekritz is a State Representative in the Illinois House of Representatives. She represents the 57th District of several of Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs (Des Plaines, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook and Prospect Heights).
Prior to her election as representative of the 57th District in November 2002, Nekritz was a member of the law firm of Altheimer and Gray, working as a real estate attorney and later becoming a partner with the firm. She also worked as legislative aide to Jeff Schoenberg, now the State Senator of the 9th District, while he served as the state representative of the 58th District.
Nekritz is a leader in the community and when she is not busy in Springfield she can seen doing maintenance miles on her bicycle within her constituency.
Nekritz makes her home in Northbrook, Illinois with her husband, Barry.
For further information on State Representative Nekritz political affairs, please visit her website.