The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic will return to Grandview Heights for its 19th year on Sunday, June 26.

The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic will return to Grandview Heights for its 19th year on Sunday, June 26.

"It's pretty unusual for a cycling event to last that long in one community," said Julie Whitley, president of the Grandview Community Association, the nonprofit group that organizes the event.

This year, all of the events associated with the cycling classic, including the Kids' Sprints and the street party, will be held on race day, Whitley said.

"We wanted to make it a truly special one-day community event," she said. "When we held the street party on Saturday night, some people maybe would attend that but not come to the race the next day."

All the activities associated with the race will be held in a more compact area, Whitley said.

The street party, for example, will be moved from Grandview Avenue to an area near Edison Intermediate/Middle School on First Avenue, she said. The event will include local bands, children's activities, food and beverages.

"Even while you're attending the street party or bringing your child to one of the children's activities, you'll be able to watch the races," Whitley said.

"We're going to really try to have a community feel to everything this year," she added.

A new event this year will be celebrity sprint races, Whitley said. The participating local celebrities will compete to raise money for their favorite charities.

Both the kids' and celebrity sprint events will be held as part of the day's race schedule, she said.

The Tour de Grandview will feature criterium cycling races for men, women and juniors, Whitley said.

Rider registration is now open at the website, Whitley said. Event sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Andys Burns at andystburns@aol.com or Kristen Smeltzer at kristy.smeltzer@wellsfargoadvisors.com.

In addition to presenting the Tour de Grandview, the Grandview Community Association has also made donations to various nonprofits, including the James Cancer Research Center's Stefanie Spielman Fund, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund, Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Bobcat Boosters, Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation and Recreation Unlimited.

The group also provides a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Grandview Heights High School senior.