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Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
July 17, 2015

BAPA's Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is back on a Friday night! The racing event  on the Intellegentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series the event will be held Fri., July 17 featuring high level pro/am riders competing in both men's and women's races. 

The Prairie State Cycling Series offers a week of races throughout Chicagoland. The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is a favorite for riders who are eager to earn points and face the challenge of this rigorous race.

For the races, the area surrounding 107th and Longwood Drive will be transformed from quiet residential streets to the rollicking race course. Cycling fans and curious spectators alike will be thrilled to see category 1, 2 and 3 riders zooming by at 35 mph, packed together in pelotons and fearlessly edging out the other riders to win prizes for laps and the overall race.  

Prizes Heat Up the Competition

In professional bike racing, riders are motivated by the prizes and nothing fans the action like primes - cash prizes awarded to the winners of laps in a criterium. Only one rider can win the top prize; many riders can win the primes offered for laps. And the more competitive the event, the more exciting the action.

Primes come from businesses and residents in the area where the race is held, and are collected in amounts of $200, $100 and $50.  Prime donors have their names announced over the public address system along the race course and at the start/finish during the race. The more you give, the more often your name is mentioned.

Anyone interested in donating a prime for riders should call 773-233-3100, email bapa@bapa.org or go to www.bapa.org for a prime application. Deadline to submit primes is Mon., July 13.

Don't Miss the Festival!

The festival area will open to fans and friends at 4 p.m. and the women's race will start at 4:40 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the men's race. 

Beverly Bike-Vee Park Racing Team

Beverly Bike/Vee-Pak Racing Team is the major sponsor of the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. Formed about eight years ago, the team is sponsored by Beverly Bike & Ski and Vee-Pak Inc.

The team trains together regularly and travels to numerous races in and beyond Chicago.Their interests are twofold: in addition to racing road bikes, they also compete on what are known as cyclocross bikes, which race in the dirt.  

Riders from the Beverly Bike/Vee-Pak Racing Team are expected to compete in the  Beverly Hills Cycling Classic.

View the Race from the Festival!

The start/finish is on Longwood drive, just south of 107th Street, and the festival area is on the Beacon Therapeutic Center grounds. The festival offers food and beverages, and live music. Children are invited to compete in their own friendly competition, the Longwood 100 Big Wheel Race, which will be held on Longwood Drive between the end of the women's race and the beginning of the men's race, about 5:30 p.m. 

Be a BHCC Volunteer

Because the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic features women's and men's races,  BAPA needs about 30 volunteer course marshals for EACH race -- from 4:20 to 6 p.m. AND from 6:20 to 8 p.m.  Cyclists will be riding at speeds up to 40 mph, and thousands of people line the race course to watch. We rely on volunteers to keep everyone safe. Volunteers receive safety training prior to the race, plus a t-shirt and complimentary food/drink tickets. Volunteers are also needed to assist with event setup and take down, ticket sales and other tasks. To volunteer, email bapa@bapa.orgor call 773-233-3100.

The BHCC is planned and presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association as a community-building event. To learn more about becoming a Beverly Hills Cycling Classic sponsor or primes sponsor, call Kathleen Riordan, 773-233-3100 or email kriordan@bapa.org. For more information on the race visit www.prairiestatecyclingseries.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.