The largest competitive cycling event in the United States, the Tour of America’s Dairyland, will make its seventh stop in East Troy on Friday, June 21.
The East Troy Cycling Classic begins at 11:35 a.m. with nearly nine hours of high-energy professional cycling around the East Troy Village Square and nearby streets.
“ToAD has differentiated itself by evolving into a community-wide festival that happens to have cycling throughout the day,” said Vanessa Lenz, Executive Director of the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event. “East Troy is day 2 on the 11-day race series and our schedule represents everything our local community has to offer.”
Spectators may watch the cyclists whiz by once every three minutes from anywhere on the racecourse, which will feature plenty of food, drink and entertainment. Admission is free.
“We are planning to add to the action with food trucks & vendors, an ESPN radio broadcast, cabana parties and more. Many surrounding businesses will get in on the action with race day specials and bike themed items,” Lenz said.
East Troy is only one of three hosts on the ToAD 2019 series to host handcycling- a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a “bike” exclusively using the upper body.
“It’s been praised for providing a newfound resilience and autonomy for these cyclists,” Lenz said.
The East Troy race start and finish will be on the east side of the square (2106 Church St.).
About 500 cyclists from around the country and abroad will ride laps around the half-mile course between 11:35 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for timed races that range from 40 to 90 minutes.
The race will shut down streets on the course, but local businesses will remain open. Parking will be available in the Chester Byrnes lot, 2031 Division St., and a golf cart shuttle will be available.
The title sponsor for the East Troy Cycling Classic is the Dennis and Janice Klumb Family Foundation, which put up half of the bid fees to host the race. The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the local host, with funding for the balance of the fees donated by other local and regional sponsors.
ToAD 2019, which marks its 11th year, runs Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 30 and features criterium-style races daily in different Wisconsin communities.
ToAD has become one of the most popular bike race series in the sport earning an outstanding reputation for delivering a world-class race experience for both participants and spectators.
In 2018, 1,009 unique riders from more than 42 states and 13 countries participated in ToAD with an average of 495 racing daily.
Overall an estimated 100,000 spectators attended races and other special race-day events in host communities.
“The East Troy Cycling Classic is a great time to celebrate the first day of summer and East Troy. It not only brings with it some of the top racers from around the world, as well as competitions for locals, but also puts the spotlight on our community, its residents and our businesses,” said Lenz.
NEW RACE ROUTE
TOUR DE SQUARE KIDS FUN RACES
The Tour de Square Kids Fun Races will give children the chance to compete like the pros as they pedal their two, three or four wheel bikes fast and furiously toward the finish line during the East Troy Cycling Classic on Friday, June 21.
The first race starts at 6:30 p.m. All racers must meet at the East Troy Village Municipal Parking Lot, on the corner of Church and Austin streets, by 6:15 p.m.
Tricycles/Big Wheels (up to age 4)– 6:30 p.m. start All Racers should gather at the municipal parking lot at Church & Austin St. at 6:15 p.m. The first race will consist of a shortened race course beginning at Trim-N-Tidy and ending at the official finish line at 2096 Church St.
Training Wheels/Two-Wheels (ages 4-7)- start at 6:35 p.m. at the start line on Church Street at the Village Square and complete one lap of the entire .55 mile professional race course, ending at the official finish line.
Two-Wheels only (ages 8-11)- start at 6:40 p.m., going one lap of the entire .55 mile professional race course, ending at the official finish line.
The first 200 entries will receive goodie bags courtesy of kids race sponsor The Elegant Farmer and ice cream courtesy of Cedar Crest Ice Cream. There is no entry fee, but registration is required.
Medals will be awarded to the top three places in three age categories, tricycles/big wheels (age 4 and younger), training wheels/two wheels (ages 4-7) and two wheels only (ages 8-11). All children must wear helmets.
Entry forms are available here or pre-register the day of the race at the Chamber information booth on the east side of East Troy Village Square Park.
No entry fee required. ALL CHILDREN MUST WEAR A HELMET.
East Troy Cycling Classic