2014 Glencoe Grand Prix returns May 31

  
  


(Glencoe, Ill.) -- Since 2007, the Glencoe Grand Prix, presented by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, has featured one of the deepest fields in domestic professional cycling. This year is no different, as the race will have one of its best lineups ever, with elite national and international riders on both the men’s and women’s side competing on Saturday, May 31.
 
One big change this year is the title sponsor, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. For the last four years, IBJI has provided professional First Aid services to race participants. IBJI will continue to provide First Aid in 2014, but this year, will support the race as title sponsor of the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) National Pro Men’s Race. 
 
Erica Allar celebrates winning the women's race at the 2013 Glencoe Grand Prix
Erica Allar celebrates winning the women's race at the 2013 Glencoe Grand Prix.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with IBJI in this expanded role,” said GGP race creator and current Glencoe Educational Foundation President Jon Knouse. “IBJI’s expertise in the orthopedic area is unparalleled in Illinois and their work in sports training and medicine fits in nicely with our event as we promote competition and healthy lifestyles through cycling.”
 
As for the race, there are well over 100 combined pro men and women competing on the 1.3 mile, 10-corner lap along the streets of Chicago’s most scenic suburb, Glencoe, Ill. The course includes a descent and brief rise on the western part of the course. Considered one of the most challenging in the Midwest, it offers technical turns and a false flat before you turn into town, where the course concludes with a wide breakaway. 
 
“I love the race course. It’s technical and challenging without being overly so,” said 2013 Glencoe Grand Prix women’s pro champion Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking). “I’m always impressed with the amount of spectators and the amount of stuff going on to keep people interested and excited about the race.”

The race is the seventh in the National Criterium Calendar (NCC), the USA-wide series supported by USA Cycling.
 
The men’s line up in 2014 includes cyclists from four of the top five teams in the National Criterium Calendar standings--UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes, Astellas Cycling Team and Athlete Octane Cycling.
 
The four top riders in the current individual standings will be riding in the men’s pro race. They are: points leader Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare); Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stans No Tubes); Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling); and Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare). Additionally, the 2013 champion, Bradley White (Holland, Mich./UnitedHealthcare), will look to defend his title.
 
On the women's side, the field for the pro race, presented by BTIG, might be the deepest in the race’s eight-year history. The last two champions, Allar and 2012 winner Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) will compete. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare), currently No. 3 in the NCC point standings, leads a four-member UnitedHeathcare Pro Cycling team. Four of the top 5 teams in the NCC standings will be represented-- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, Colavita-Fine Cooking, TIBCO/To the Top and Pepper Palace Pro Cycling. 
 
There will be amateur and junior races going on all day, beginning at 8 a.m. and pausing at 12:35 p.m., when the women's pro race begins. The purse for the women's race is $7,500. The men's race is scheduled for 6 p.m., with a purse of $15,000.
 
Friday night, the Glencoe Grand Prix will host a meet and greet sponsored by the Women’s Cycling Association. 
 
As always, there will be plenty of entertainment for the non-hardcore racing fan. There will be a block party along with kids races, so parents and their children are invited. When the men's race ends, Glencoe is hosting a night concert from well-known 80's cover band, 16 Candles. 
 
For the first year, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute is the presenting sponsor of the Glencoe Grand Prix. Proceeds from the event benefit the Glencoe Educational Foundation and supports not only special educational projects in Glencoe, but education programs and schools outside of Glencoe. 
 
Resource Links:
 
Registration (open until May 28): https://www.bikereg.com/2014-glencoe-grand-prix
Race Website: http://www.glencoegrandprix.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/glencoegp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/glencoegrandprix
 
Media Contact: Jon Kerr, media@glencoegrandprix.com312-213-7946 (cell)

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