Campus Will Be the Center of Cycling on July 21

July 14, 2017 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

On Friday, July 21, the Elmhurst College campus will be at the center of a daylong bicycle racing event that will draw amateur and professional cyclists from across the country and around the world.

Organized by the DuPage Cycling Foundation, the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic is part of the Intelligenstia Cup, a multi-day series of races taking place throughout the Chicago area.

The course for the Elmhurst Cycling Classic encircles the Elmhurst College campus, with the Start/Finish line located on Prospect Avenue, across from the Wilder Mansion. The course then runs south along Prospect to Elm Park Avenue, heads west on Elm Park to Grace Street, runs north on Grace to Alexander Boulevard and then returns to Prospect. The event is free and open to the public. Live coverage of the race will be broadcast by Elmhurst College’s student-run radio station, WRSE 88.7-FM. For more information, visit the official 5th Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic website.

Because of the restricted access to campus that day, College employees are encouraged to walk, take public transportation, carpool or ride a bike to campus.

Elmhurst College is a sponsor of the Cycling Classic, and for the last several months, a team of College employees has been working with local government and public safety officials, as well as race promoters and the local sponsoring group, to bring about this exciting, popular event. Proceeds from the Cycling Classic sponsor a Light of Knowledge Scholarship for an Elmhurst College student each year.

How the race will affect College faculty, staff, students and guests:

Traffic: No vehicular traffic will be permitted on the race course at any time throughout the day and evening. The portions of Alexander Boulevard, Prospect Avenue, Elm Park Avenue and Grace Street that surround the College will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

Parking: All College employees, students and guests should park their vehicles at either the east end of the Alexander parking lot or in the lot behind the Mill Theatre. Access to the Alexander parking lot will be restricted to the entrances off Walter Street. Parking will not be available on the central part of campus.

Vehicular access to campus:

  • Vehicular traffic to the main campus, with the exception of security vehicles and vehicles carrying disabled people, will be prohibited because it would involve crossing the race course.
  • Entrances to the central part of campus will be closed by 5:00 a.m., and vehicles remaining on campus after 9:30 a.m. will not be permitted to leave until the race event ends and roads reopen after 10:30 p.m.
  • Pedestrian access to the campus will be limited to specific crossing points: On Prospect Avenue, near the College gate, and On Alexander Boulevard, both at the main campus entrance by Circle Hall and at the driveway west of the football field.

Volunteers will be at these locations to help pedestrians cross the streets between races and during races when no racers are coming. For your safety and that of the racers, please do not attempt to cross at any location not staffed by race volunteers.

Emergencies: In the event of an emergency on campus requiring police or emergency vehicles, any racing would be stopped to allow full access to those vehicles.

Parking and traffic questions may be directed to Campus Security (ext. 3000). If you have any other questions, please contact Bruce Mather, executive director of facilities management (ext. 3180).

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