Tour of Elk Grove returns for eighth year on Aug. 2-4

  
  


12 pro-am races | $66,000+ in total prize money
Plus merchant/food expo and community "block parties"on Fri. & Sat. nights.


 
 
Jade Wilcoxson celebrates her victory at the 2012 Tour of Elk Grove
Jade Wilcoxson celebrates her victory at the 2012 Tour of Elk Grove. (Photo by Jared Powell)
Elk Grove, Ill. (July 30, 2013) — Professional cycling at its competitive best will be showcased when the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove returns for its eighth year to northwest suburban Elk Grove Village, Ill., from Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4.

The nationally and internationally acclaimed cycling event features a total of 12 professional and amateur races and a total prize purse of more than $66,000. Attracting many of the top Midwest, national and international cyclists and teams, races will be held on the streets of Elk Grove Village.

•    Eight women's and nine men's teams will compete in the weekend's showcase professional races including teams from Canada, South Africa, Italy and the U.S.
•    Tapped to announce the weekend's races will be acclaimed '80s/'90s pro cyclist Bob Roll. He's a three-time Tour de France racer and, since retiring in the early '90s, has authored several books and is a cable TV sports commentator.
•    The Tour of Elk Grove start/finish line, as well as viewing areas and a sports/food/merchant expo and kids' playground area, is at the intersection of Elk Grove Boulevard and Ridge (225 Elk Grove Blvd.). Admission is free for spectators.
•    Tour of Elk Grove pro/am races will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 a.m-6 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

â–ºVisit www.tourofelkgrove.com for teams, results after each race, and more.

Tour of Elk Grove's spotlight competition is the three-stage men's pro race held over three days with nearly $41,000 in total prize money. For the women's pro three-day, three-stage race it's $17,500 in total prize money.
•    Stage 1 of the men's and women's pro races—a 4.5 mile time trial—kicks off the weekend of racing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
•    Stage 2 of the men's pro race—a 155K (96.1 mile) road race on the streets of Elk Grove Village—takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
•    The final (Stage 3 of the men's pro race) is a 140K (nearly 87-mile) "circuit race" held in a closed circuit loop. It takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
•    The single cash prize for the overall individual winner of the three-day, three-stage men's pro race is $12,595. For the women's three-day, three-stage pro race it's $5,500.
•    Another top race at Tour of Elk Grove is the Men's Category 1/2. It features races on both Saturday and Sunday and a total of $5,000 in prize money.

Tour of Elk Grove is designated as a prestigious International Cycling Union (aka UCI) Category 2.1 event. (UCI is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events.)  The designations helps draw elite athletes and pro teams to race at the event.

 In addition, the women's three-day, three-stage pro race is on the prestigious USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC). USA Cycling is the sanctioning body for competitive cycling in the U.S.

Community Happenings
•    An opening "Mayor's Charity Time Trial" benefitting Elk Grove Village's Soldier's Memorial Fund kicks off the weekend at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
•    There will be two community-wide cycling events on Sunday morning: a Village Trustees' Fun Ride and a Children's Big Wheel Race.
•    There will also be community block parties (admission is free) on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring food, meet-and-greet the riders, live music and fireworks at dark. Performing on Friday night is classic rock tribute band 97Nine. Performing on Saturday will be Rock Candy.

Tour of Elk Grove is presented by Alexian Brothers Medical Center, a nationally acclaimed health care facility in Elk Grove Village. For more information please visit www.tourofelkgrove.com or call (773) 868-3010.       

SCHEDULE
2013 Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove
 
Time Event Prize Money or Distance/Time
Friday, Aug. 2
3:30 p.m. Mayor's Charity Time Trial Awards 4.5 miles
4:30 p.m. Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau - pro women's time trial (Stage 1)* $2,500/4.5 miles
5:45 p.m. AXA Equitable pro men's time trial (Stage 1)* $4,920/4.5 miles
7-10 p.m. Community block party with music, food and fireworks  
     
Saturday, Aug. 3
8:30 a.m. Blackhawk Restaurant Group women's open (Categories 1-4) $600
9:45 a.m. Rocco Vinos men's elite (Categories 3-4) $600
11 a.m. Ziegler elite men's (Categories 1-2) $2,000/69 km (42.8 miles)
1:15 p.m. Comcast pro women's criterium (Stage 2) (Looped course)* $3,500/73 km (45.3 miles)
4 p.m. Prologis pro men's road race (Stage 2)* $10,070/155 km (96.1 miles)
7-10 p.m. Community block party with music, food and fireworks  
     
Sunday, Aug. 4
8 a.m. Safeguard Basement Technologies men's category 5 Awards/25 minutes
8:35 a.m. Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village elite men's masters 35+ $750/60 minutes
9:45 a.m. Village Trustees' Fun Ride (Community race) 1 lap
10:15 a.m. Shimano Kids' Big Wheel Race (Community race) 1 lap
11 a.m. Village CycleSport elite men's (Categories 1-2) $3,000/75 km (46.6 miles)
1 p.m. ComEd women's circuit race (Stage 3) (looped course)* $4,500/8 laps
3 p.m. Gullo International pro men's circuit race (Stage 3) (looped course)* $10,070/140 km (87 miles)
* = Legs of the three-Stage pro men's and pro women's competitions











  




























NOTE: 
  • Alexian Brothers pro men's overall three-stage prize money is $12,595
  • Pro men's team awards are $2,500
  • Alexian Brothers pro women's overall three-stage prize money is $5,500


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