Online Staff Report
BELOIT, Wis. — Cyclists and spectators will take over the streets of downtown Beloit, Wis., Monday, June 23, for the first Beloit Bike Classic, a Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) cycling event.
Drawing cyclists and spectators from across the country, Beloit will be the fifth stop on ToAD’s 11-day cycling tour across Wisconsin, the largest road cycling series in the United States.
More than 600 riders of all skill levels, from children to Olympic-level competitors, are expected to participate in one of Beloit’s eight criterium-style races that will take place from 11:10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Olympic-level cyclists will be competing in the last race of the day at 6 p.m., and are expected to draw a heavy crowd.
Criterium races are bike races typically held on a short (less than 1 mile), closed-circuit course and ran on closed-off city streets.
The Beloit Bike Classic’s course will begin on East Grand near the Gantry, loop twice across the river, and back in a boot-type shape, finishing on East Grand. Spectators are encouraged to line the course.
Partnering with Beloit Health System, the Beloit Bike Classic will also include free activities downtown for spectators and the public near the course. The street fair and kids’ zone will take place on State Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring several local businesses, free face-painting, live demonstrations and many other free activities for the families. A free “Kids Roll” bike event will be at 5:20 p.m. for children ages 5-14. Kids will have the opportunity to ride their bikes on a section of the professional course.
The Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) is the largest competitive road cycling event in the country and features multiple amateur and pro categories. The event lasts for 11 consecutive days between June 19 and June 29, stopping in 11 communities throughout Wisconsin.
In 2013, the ToAD series saw an average of 650 daily racers and awarded more than $150,000 in cash prizes. Approximately 160,000 total spectators also participated in last year’s event. ToAD saw a diverse crowd of participants last year, with riders from 43 states and 13 different countries.
For more about the Beloit Bike Classic, including registration, schedules and spectator activities, visit http://www.tourofamericasdairyland.com/schedule/beloit-about.php or call (608) 313-1366.
Posted June 18, 2014