NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Move over four wheel drivers. Friday evening, two wheelers will take over downtown New Haven. The 2nd annual Grand Prix bike race event kicks off at 4pm. There will be bike races for junior, amateur and professional riders.
“The total prize for the men’s professionals races will be a 5000 dollar prize,” said David Hoyle the Exec. Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program.
The professional racers will reach speeds of 30 miles per hour as they zip around New Haven’s 1 mile course – 35 times.
“It’s kind of like watching Nascar on bikes,” said Hoyle.
If classic riding is not your thing, you can see some of the best trick riders in the country including New Haven’s own Mike Steidley. Steidley is one of the most accomplished stunt riders in the U.S.
“Once they’re done competing, they’ll actually open up their course so the kids can come and ride with them, adults and they’ll teach them some basic tricks,” said Hoyle.
You also need to make sure you come with an appetite.
“We’re going to have the New Haven Apizza and Eats feast,” said Doug Hausladen the Director of New Haven’s Transportation, Traffic & Parking Department. “It’s going to be closing down on College street and an open street party. Family, friends, fun. We’re going to have a beer garden outside, a lot of food trucks – celebrating all that New Haven has to offer.”
You may need to pack some patience for your commute home from downtown New Haven on Friday night.
The course spans from Chapel, to High, to Elm, and Temple. They’ll start shutting down roads to set up the course around lunch time.
“The road closures are going to be starting around 12:00 on College Street, then at 2p on Elm and Chapel,” said Hausladen. “We are going to have a partial closure.”
And then the party begins at 4:00 p.m. with music, events, family fun and the races. The juniors race starts at t 5:45 and the professional race will be at 8:30 under the lights of New Haven’s city streets.