The Wilmington Grand Prix, one of the premier criterium-style bike races in the U.S., will celebrate its 12th anniversary May 18-20, 2018. For the 11th straight year, the Grand Prix will be part of USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar.
The action starts Friday night (May 18) with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. Grab your cowbell and help cheer riders on as they tackle the INfamous cobblestones! Food trucks will be on hand and you can enjoy live music by Special Delivery.
Saturday (May 19) will feature two amateur races in beginning at 11am 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) will see 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.
USA Cycling’s (USAC) National Racing Calendar is made up of the top bike races in America and features racers competing for points championships in team and individual categories. (A criterium is a bike race of a specified number of laps held on a closed course on public roads.)
“The Wilmington Grand Prix continues to be one of the premier criterium races in the nation,” said USA Cycling’s Micah Rice. “Racers love the technical nature of the course and the enthusiastic crowds that greet them. We’re thrilled to feature the Wilmington Grand Prix on our National Calendar.”
“I look forward to announcing at this event, simply because I know the crowd will be big and enthusiastic,” said veteran race announcer Joe Jefferson.
Since 2012, the Wilmington Grand Prix generated more than $3.5 million in economic impact for the local economy.