The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic is marking its silver anniversary this year.
"It's so exciting to know that the race has lasted this long and is still going strong," Grandview Heights recreation supervisor Marta Durban said. "The event has been successful because the city has supported it, our businesses and local sponsors have supported it and our community has supported it."
The 25th annual event will be held June 15 and will begin at 6 p.m. with a category 4/5 women's race.
Other races on the schedule include category 4/5 men's at 6:35 p.m.; category 3/4 men's at 7:10 p.m.; a kids sprint with prizes for youngsters at 7:50 p.m.; category pro 1/2/3 women's at 8 p.m. and category pro 1/2/3 men's at 8:50 p.m.
Six prizes totaling $500 will be offered in the category 3/4 men's race; 20 prizes totaling $2,500 in the pro 1/2/3 women's race; and 20 prizes totaling $2,500 in the nightcap men's event.
The Tour de Grandview route starts on First Avenue and proceeds counterclockwise onto Willard Avenue to Second Avenue, then heads to Grandview Avenue before returning back to First.
"The riders really love our course because of the setting of Grandview and the challenge it gives them," Durban said. "That's what keeps so many of them returning to compete in our race."
Another popular attraction for riders are the residents who gather to cheer them on, Durban said.
"Many of our residents along the route hold parties for the race," she said. "It really means a lot to the riders when people are clapping for them and encouraging them as they make their way around the course."
In addition to the informal parties that residents hold, the event again will include the annual street party from 6 to 11 p.m. on Grandview Avenue.
"The street party takes on a really fun vibe with the cycling going on at the same time," Durban said.
The festivities will include an expo area, food trucks and local craft beers, and entertainment that will include the Shaw Brothers and the Grandview Jolly Steppers, she said.
A raffle will offer the chance to win one of several bicycles provided by Trek Columbus and roll: Bicycle Company.
Proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Tour de Grandview, Durban said.
The kids sprint is free and open to children agers 5-10, with boys and girls races in two age categories. Parents can register their children at grandviewheights.org or youngsters can sign up between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on race night on the north side of Avondale and First avenues.
"Kids really love the sprint race because it gives them a chance to be part of the event and ride part of the course," Durban said.
All participants will be fitted for a new bike helmet and receive a ribbon. Age-group winners will earn a savings certificate from Members First Pathways Financial Credit Union.
The sprints take place on First Avenue, just below Glendale Avenue.
Volunteers still are needed to help with setting up and tearing down for the event and to serve as course marshals, Durban said.
"A lot of that work is taken care of by members of our volunteer club at the Grandview Center, but we can always use more help," she said.
Anyone interested in volunteering may email Durban at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 614-481-6203.
The Tour de Grandview has come a long way from its early years when it was held on a Sunday afternoon, Durban said.
The event was propelled five years ago when it moved to Friday night, she said.
"Sunday is a day when a lot of people just want to stay home and get ready for the start of the work week," Durban said. "On Friday night, people are up and ready to go out and have a good time. The setting for the race, as night begins to fall, is just spectacular."