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Tour de Grandview

Evening start time returns

Course eschews hills for tight turns this year; street party back for 2014

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The sun will set over the 21st annual Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic next week.

Both amateur riders and professional cyclists from across the country will participate in a series of races that begin at 6:30 p.m. June 27.

Last year, the event was moved to Friday night after several years of being held Sunday afternoon.

"Nighttime is the perfect time for the race," said Marta Durban, a recreation supervisor with the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.

"It's great because people can come home from work and step outside and watch this wonderful race," Durban said. "It's a nice way to start the weekend."

"The atmosphere in Grandview on a Friday night is fantastic," race director Andys Burns said. "When you combine the racing with the street party on a Friday night, it's a great scene."

The race schedule includes men's category 4/5 at 6:30 p.m.; a kids sprint with prizes at 7 p.m.; the women's race at 7:30 p.m.; men's category 3 at 8:05 p.m.; and the men's category 1/2 at 8:50 p.m.

The course will start and finish on First Avenue. Riders will make left turns onto Willard Avenue, Second Avenue and Grandview Avenue before returning to First.

"It's a shorter, flatter, more compact course then we used to have," Burns said. "This course accentuates speed. Having a group of riders passing by you at 30 mph is an amazing experience."

As opposed to the hilly nature of the old course, the newer one features tight turns that can be a challenge for the fast-moving cyclists, he said.

Spectators also should watch out for how teammates work together to help the lead rider vie for the win, Burns said.

The kids sprints allow youngsters to race along a portion of the course.

Registration for the sprints will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the intersection of First and Avondale avenues. Registration also can be completed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Grandview Center, 1515 W. Goodale Ave. Registration forms can be printed from the bike race website, tourdegrandview.com.

There is no charge for the kids sprints. The age groups will be 5-7 and 8-10 for both girls and boys.

Children will receive helmets from Nationwide Children's Hospital and the winner of each heat will receive a savings certificate from Members First Credit Union.

A street party will be held on Grandview Avenue during the races and will feature food vendors, live entertainment by Agent 99, a raffle of a new bike donated by roll:, and a beer garden.

"It's one of the rare occasions where there will be open containers allowed within the bike-race route," Durban said.

The street party will get underway at 6:30 p.m.

First Avenue from Glendale to Hope avenues will close at 3 p.m. June 27 and the entire bike-race course will be closed from 6 to 11 p.m.

The crossover street for people to get in and out of the race area will be at Second and Avondale avenues.

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