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posted: 8/2/2013 5:30 AM

Tour of Elk Grove begins 3-day run today

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The largest professional cycling event in the Midwest kicks off at 3:30 p.m. today in low-key fashion with Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson pulling his 18-month-old grandson, Noah, in a wheel cart in the mayor's charity time trial.

But with the Tour of Elk Grove attracting a higher caliber of professional rider every year, the competition will quickly ramp up later in the afternoon with the men's and women's time trials, the first of the three-stage professional competition that will wrap up Sunday afternoon.

The eighth annual event features 12 professional and amateur races, $66,000 in prize money, and eight women's and nine men's professional teams.

The start/finish line for races, viewing areas, a sports/food/merchant expo and kids' playground area all are at the intersection of Elk Grove Boulevard and Ridge Avenue.

From 7 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, the village is throwing a community block party with live music, food, fireworks and a meet-and-greet with riders. Classic rock tribute band 97 Nine will perform tonight, and Rock Candy will perform Saturday. Admission is free.

More information on the weekend's activities is at and

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