• Wilmington Grand Prix Photos and Recap

    by  • May 25, 2011 • Events • 1 Comment


    By Mike Leventry, Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee (WBAC) Chair

    What I am unofficially calling “Wilmington’s Bicycle Week” turned out to be very successful despite the quirky weather. The Mayor’s Office, along with the Transportation Management Association (TMA), helped promote Friday’s Bike-to-Work Day which featured a morning reception, hosted by the Bike Boutique, Wilmington’s downtown bike shop. Also on Friday were the Monkey Hill Time Trials. The rain made the time trial course more difficult for the riders but a crowd still came out for the festivities. Bike Wilmington was represented in the time trials by member John Kurth.
    On Saturday, the main races of Grand Prix weekend were held and I must say, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation did an amazing job and outdid last year’s event by far. Not only is the race listed as a premier National Racing Calendar points event, but it has also been successfully turned into a full blown downtown festival that appeals to families and non-race fans as well. The crowds grew starting early in the morning and stayed spirited for all of the races throughout the entire day.
    Bike Wilmington shared a table at the event with Bike Delaware and the Delaware Bike Council and received a warm response by citizens for its efforts at making Wilmington a bike friendly city. Sunday’s Governor’s ride drew hundreds of participants and appealed to all skill levels as well as ages, kids to retirees, and concluded downtown just before the pro cyclists returned from their race to Dover and back.
    Bike Wilmington shared a table at the event with Bike Delaware, Wilmapco, and the Delaware Bike Council (below) and received a warm response by citizens for its efforts at making Wilmington a bike friendly city. Sunday’s Governor’s ride drew hundreds of participants and appealed to all skill levels as well as ages, kids to retirees, and concluded downtown just before the pro cyclists returned from their race to Dover and back.
    Tamika Graham of Wilmapco handles tabling activities with many in the city who are interested in making Wilmington bike-friendly.
    Governor Jack Markell (L), along with legendary advocate Don Carbaugh (C) and Bike Delaware Secretary Carol Ireland (R).
    Bike Delaware Executive Director James Wilson, and family, arrive early and prepared for a fun day of racing and street festivities.
    The crowds took over, making this the most popular Grand Prix to date. Thanks to the event organizers, volunteers, vendors, racers, everyone who made this event the success that it is!

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