Missouri Professional Cycling Series Dates Announced

For Immediate Release

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Missouri Professional Cycling Series Dates Announced

Weekend of racing, events planned May 10-12 in three historic St. Louis neighborhoods

(St. Louis, MO April 23, 2013) National and international professional cycling returns to Missouri on May 10-12 with the Missouri Professional Cycling Series (MO PRO).  Featuring three days of racing in three historic neighborhoods across the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Professional Cycling Series is comprised of three events:

·         Midtown Grand Prix on Friday, May 10 in The Grand Center/Locust Business District

·         Tour de Grove on Saturday, May 11 in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood

·         Dutchtown Classic on Sunday, May 12th in South St. Louis

The Tour de Grove is one of only 24 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) professional cycling races in the United States.  The NCC series represents the most prestigious professional cycling races in the United States and attracts the top professional cyclists and teams to compete from across the country and world. The Tour de Grove is the highest profile cycling event in the Midwest.  Video of last year's event: http://vimeo.com/62301103.

Champion cyclists scheduled to compete in the Tour de Grove include:

·         Jeremy Powers, U.S. Pro Cyclocross National Champion,  Jelly Belly Pro Cycling

·         Brad Huff, U.S. Pro Criterium and Track National Champion, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling

·         Karl Menzies - Tasmania, Ranked 2nd in the US PRO ranks Overall, United Health Care Pro Cycling

·         Hilton Clarke - Australia, USPRO Criterium Champion,  United Health Care Pro Cycling

·         Laura Van Gilder, One of the top U.S. women's professionals

·         Rachel Heal, British Olympic and World Championship Cyclist

The Tour de Grove  course will be a 1.2 mile, spectator-friendly, winding circuit through The Grove neighborhood with a sprint finish along Manchester Avenue in front of the area’s restaurant and bar district.  The professional men will complete 38 laps of this circuit for a 40+ mile race.  The professional women will complete 26 laps for a 30+ mile race.  The day begins with the Tour de Grove 5K run and a recreational ride organized by TRAILNET.  The racing will be underway late morning with an undercard of amateur races, increasing in ability as the day progresses. The men’s and women’s professional races will be preceded by children’s races and a U.S. Paralympic Hand Cycling event.  Viewing parties, a community Expo and neighborhood activities will be set up around the course.  Adjacent to the race, The Grove will feature a traveling national cycling poster show (ARTCRANK) at the Handlebar and Atomic Cowboy restaurant and bar running May 10-12.

"Professional bicycle racing is an exhilarating spectator and family-friendly event.  The racers maneuver their bikes shoulder to shoulder through fast straightaways and technical corners at speeds approaching 40 mph.  In addition to the race’s $35,000 total purse, the professional men and women will compete for the King and Queen of the Grove titles based upon leading the most laps throughout the race,"  said Mike Weiss, Race Director and former Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race Board President. "We are proud to bring back the MOPRO cycling series. These races represent the best of our sport and it is a pleasure to bring them to the streets of some of St. Louis’ most up and coming neighborhoods."

Under the lights on May 10, the Midtown Grand Prix will light up the streets of one of the region’s top dining and entertainment districts - the Grand Center/Locust Business District - with outdoor expos, dining and a street festival. 

The Dutchtown Classic on May 12 features a challenging criterium circuit around the Dutchtown business district and Marquette Park and  boasts a full schedule of amateur and professional racing, children’s races and a U.S. Handcycling event. 

Already signed up are some of the most competitive teams in national and international cycling, including teams featured in the Amgen Tour of California. A complete list of riders and teams competing in the Missouri Professional Cycling Series will be announced as the event draws near.  All events are free for spectators.  For more information, visit www.moprocycling.com.

About the Participating Neighborhoods

Midtown is located just east of Grand Center and in the Locust Business District. Midtown is famous for its diverse and eclectic dining and entertainment options, as well as many of St. Louis’ landmark businesses. For more information visit www.locustbusinessdistrict.com.

The Grove neighborhood is in the Mid City area and the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood of St. Louis.  Five blocks of Manchester Avenue cut through the heart of The Grove between Kingshighway Blvd. and Vandeventer Ave.  Highway 40 provides the border to the north.  The Grove is the new-old neighborhood along Manchester for eating, drinking, living, partying, primping, and shopping.  For more information visit: www.inTheGroveSTL.com

The Dutchtown neighborhood is in South St. Louis City bordered by the Mississippi River and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, a historic commercial and residential district that features beautiful architecture, Cherokee St. Antique Row and the Meramec St. commercial district. For more information visit www.dt2stl.org.

The Missouri Professional Cycling Series is sponsored by Emerson Corporation, The Lawrence Group,  AB/Inbev-Michelob Ultra, Edward Jones, The Moneta Group, The Grove CID and Big Shark Bicycle Company.

About the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC)

Created in 2013 to showcase the country’s top criterium-only events, the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) recognizes the best crit racers on American soil by employing a season-long rankings system that identifies overall men’s and women’s series leaders. For more information on the NCC, visit www.usacycling.org/ncc. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.