During the 7th Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic, professional and amateur cyclists from around the country will test their skills on a course that encircles Elmhurst College campus.
The daylong racing event, which benefits local charities, will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26. Highlights include professional racing at night under the lights and, starting at 4:30 p.m., the Family Fun Ride, which gives children and adults (as long as they’re wearing helmets) an opportunity to ride the course.
The Elmhurst Cycling Classic also will offer an expo area, food and beverages for purchase, and a beer garden in front of Wilder Mansion. The beer garden, which opens at noon, is an ideal place to watch the Start/Finish of the races. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information, visit elmbike.com.
Organized by the DuPage Cycling Foundation, the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic is part of the Intelligentsia Cup, a multi-day series of races taking place throughout the Chicago area.
Spectators are encouraged to bike, carpool or take the train to the event. A free bike valet will be provided at the Wilder Park tennis courts.
Because the course winds around the Elmhurst College campus, access to campus will be restricted for the day. College employees are encouraged to walk, take public transportation, carpool or ride a bike to campus.
The race benefits the DuPage Cycling Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for community organizations with missions that support the enrichment of community health and education. Previous beneficiaries have included Yorkfield Food Pantry, Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation, District 205 Foundation, United Community Concerns, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, Kick Off For Kids, Elmhurst College student scholarships, Spirito! Singers, and People for Elmhurst Parks.