The “Grand Cycling Classic” Bicycle Race in Downtown GR Saturday
There are going to be a lot of streets closed in downtown Grand Rapids tomorrow. Nope, it's not a parade.....it's not a political rally.....it's not a holiday.
It's a bicycle race, and a lot of them.
More than 5,000 bicyclists and sideline supporters are expected to hit the streets of downtown Grand Rapids Saturday for the fourth annual Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic bicycle competition.
Grand Rapids is hosting the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Men's Criterium National Championship. You'll see America's top pro riders compete for the gold in an 80 km race along a 1.2 km course in downtown Grand Rapids. Historic brick-paved streets, tight turns and speeds of up to 40 mph in a 90-minute adrenaline rush for cyclists and spectators.
Prior to the Pro Criterium National Championship, kids 9 and under can hit the bricks for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kids Race. Free helmets to the first 100 kids to register, thanks to the Grand Rapids Griffins' Put a lid on it program.