Submitted by Geneva Cycling Grand Prix
Professional bike racing will return to Geneva again this summer with the Geneva Cycling Grand Prix, presented by Bicycle Heaven, on Saturday, July 9.
This year the race route has been changed slightly -- it has been moved one block west and the starting line has moved from Franklin and Third to Franklin and Seventh.
More than 600 cyclists from throughout the world are expected to compete in several race categories, including men's, women's and masters (35 and older). The first race starts at 10 a.m. with the pro race at 5:45 p.m.
Racers go around the track 20 to 80 times depending on the event at speeds from 35 mph to 40 mph.
During the race, vehicle traffic will be restricted and no parking will be allowed on the course after midnight before the race, but local traffic can move in and out of the area during the race after the cyclists have safely passed. Race patrons will be directed to park in the Metra parking spaces near the Metra station. Residents within the course will be directed to reserved parking lots if they need to move a car off the street. Residents desiring to leave their neighborhood during the race will need to contact a race marshal who will assist with getting them past the riders within a couple of minutes. The two vehicle exit points with the racecourse will be at Fifth and Campbell and Fourth and Franklin. For questions about access issues, call Rob at (630) 232-9288.
Maps and information are available on the downtown event calendar at www.genevadowntown.org. For more information on the race, visit the International Cycling Classic website at www.internationalcycling.com/schedule/geneva-mill-race-cyclery-classic.
To volunteer, call Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bicycle Heaven at (630) 444-7450.