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Cycling Fri Jun 24 2011

Local Race Attracts National Competition


Racers come into a turn in last year's Glencoe Grand Prix / Photo: Ed White

Saturday marks the fifth annual Glencoe Grand Prix. It is the Illinois state criterium championship and one of two Illinois races on USA Cycling's 2011 national calendar. Last year pro riders from eight countries lined up at the start while high-level amateur racers from across the country came out to compete alongside them.

Races kick off at 7:15 a.m. and run all day. The pro 1/2/3 women start at 4 p.m. and the pro 1/2 men close out the night with a 6 p.m. start. For the full schedule, click here.

The village of Glencoe always strives to make the race a family affair, putting on free one-lap kids races at noon and hosting an all-day block party with food, beer and music. Spectators pack the start/finish to watch the pros sprint to the line and fill Triangle Park for the "King/Queen of the Hill" competition. Racers can accrue points mid-race for being first to the top of a short hill in the 1.3-mile course loop.

In addition to tomorrow's race, Team TIBCO will be hosting a free women's race clinic and preview of the course this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information on the clinic and tomorrow's race, click here.

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