Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
July 18, 2013
The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is held in July. The Classic is presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association, and the major sponsor is the Beverly Bike & Ski -Vee Pak Racing Team.
Now a race in the Prairie State Cycling Series, the 11th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic will be held on a new night-Thursday, July 18- and feature a pro am women's race at 4:40 pm and a pro am men's race at 6:30 pm. The Prairie State Cycling Series is part of USA Cycling National Criterium Calender (NCC), so this race is sure to draw some top level riders eager to make points and win prizes- the competition will be fast and furious.
The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic starts and finishes at 107th and Longwood Drive in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago. The festival site opens at 4:00 p.m. and features children’s music and activities, live music, beverages and food. The womens race begins at 4:40 p.m. and last one thrilling hours. The circuit runs on Longwood Drive, Seeley and Hoyne, 105th Place and 108th Place, through the heart of the Ridge Historic District.
Racers compete on many levels: to win the race and the top prize as well as to compete for primes – a cash prize awarded to the winner of a lap. The amount of primes available in a pro/am cycling race is a strong incentive for elite riders to participate – only one rider can win the top prize; several riders can win the primes offered for laps. And the more competitive the event, the more exciting it is to watch.
Area residents and businesses are invited to sponsor primes in the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. Primes are collected in increments of $200, $100 and $50, and donors have their names announced over the public address system during the race. The more you give, the more often your name is mentioned. The deadline for donating a prime is Wed., July 16. All of the funds collected for primes go directly to the winning riders.
A festival of food, music, beverages and more will be held during the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on the grounds of Beacon Therapeutic School. The festival opens at 4:00 p.m. with a children’s music performance. The Longwood 500 Big Wheel Race is open to children up to age 6, and every child wins a prize.
The BHCC is planned and presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association as a community-building event. To learn more call 773-233-3100 or visit www.bapa.org and internationalcycling.com.
Not a neighborhood resident? The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is easy to reach by public transportation: Metra Rock Island Beverly Branch to 107th Street and walk west 2 blocks; Pace South Western Avenue, 349 and 49A to 103rd Street; Pace West 103rd Street, 382-383, to Longwood Drive and walk south three blocks.