Hundreds of people take part in the Mundelein Grand Prix cycle races
MUNDELEIN, III. – Mundelein city center turned into a racing center on Monday for the inaugural Mundelein Grand Prix.
The professional and amateur cycling race has attracted some 430 riders from all over the world.
In addition to the chance to see and cheer on the runners, fans can enjoy the outdoor cafe, music and for kids, games and art activities.
The Grand Prix is a criterion with races all day, almost non-stop. It started at 10 a.m. on Monday and will end at 8 p.m.
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This is a first here in Mundelein, but also part of a larger series of races taking place over several days all around Chicago called “The Intelligentsia Cup”, described by founder Tom Schuler as “a mini Tour of France”.
The race drew cyclists from as far away as Germany and Belize.
The race energized local cyclists.
“It’s absolutely amazing to have this kind of huge national level racing series basically in my backyard, super fun,” said Moira Barrett of Chicago.
“I just started running last year so I’m really excited and met amazing people from all over and can run with them everyday for 10 days,” said Jennifer Orozco.
While other Chicago-area communities already have well-established cycle races, cyclists FOX 32 spoke to said there is always room for more and the Mundelein Grand Prix looks promising.
“I can say that right now Mundy looks like he’s going really well,” said Eric Stuck, whose favorite race is at Lake Bluff. “I have a feeling that with the design of the course and with the support of the community, we will be back next year and hopefully for a long time to come.”
After the women’s professional race on Monday night, there is a break at 6:15 p.m. for a community run before the men’s professional race where everyone can take their bikes to the course to check it out.