One of the biggest events in Wilmington Rolls in this Weekend!

Whip out those cowbells and clear your calendars for the Grand Prix! Hosted by Out & About, this fun-filled race is recognized as the Fourth stop on USA Cycling’s American Road Calendar – and will be making it’s return to Wilmington this weekend!

One of the premier criterium-style bike races in the country (i.e., a bike race of a specified number of laps held on a closed course of public roads), the Grand Prix is recognized as part of USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar for the 11th straight year.

Friday will kick things off with the annual Monkey Hill time trials, Saturday will continue the festivities with Pro races and an amazing Street Festival, and closing out the weekend will be the Governor’s ride and Grand Fondo! The excitement is all free to attend. New to race weekend this year is the City Youth Cycling Championships sponsored by Wilmington’s Park and Recreation Department and the Urban Bike Project in which sixty inner city children in four age categories participate in their own races.

Friday (May 18)

5:00-8:00 PM
1080 N Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802

Cheer riders on as they tackle the infamous cobblestones Friday night (May 18) with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. Enjoy food trucks and live music by Special Delivery.

Saturday (May 19)

11:00-5:00 PM
800 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Two amateur races beginning at 11 am culminating with the Women’s Pro and Men’s Pro races in the afternoon, plus, family fun activities centered around the heart of the action at 8th & Market Streets.

Sunday (May 20)

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

The return of the Eighth Annual Governor’s Ride and the Seventh Annual Delaware Gran Fondo. Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted cyclists from 17 states (including Texas, Colorado and Florida) and three countries (including Australia and Canada) by offering them a scenic tour through the Brandywine Valley and some of Delaware’s most-prized cultural attractions.

Read the full article here.

The fun isn’t JUST this weekend though… Mayor Mike Purzycki declared this whole week Bike Week and encouraged citizens to support a number of cycling-related events including Wilmington’s Grand Prix. “Supporting this event is important to us because our mission has always been to help our local communities succeed economically,” said Bank of America’s Rossi, “and the Wilmington Grand Prix is a huge driver of that success.”

“The Grand Prix is a great example of the power of partnership — more than 40 companies contributing -making this event possible,” said Tom Horne of JP Morgan Chase.  “Another example of all of us pedaling together in the same direction to make Wilmington and the State of Delaware a great place to work, live and play.”

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