Break Time: Tour de Grandview

Tour De Grandview
Tour De Grandview (Photo credit: simplyliving)

Taking a break from writing for a bit as I prepare for a bicycle race that I was talked into. The race?

The Tour de Grandview

From the website:

The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic attracts an international field of several hundred professional cyclists to central Ohio each year, as well as cycling enthusiasts and spectators from throughout the Midwest. The Tour de Grandview is organized by the non-profit Grandview Community Association with the support of the City of Grandview Heights and a host of local volunteers and corporate sponsors.

The Tour features world-class bicycle racing through the streets of suburban Grandview, as well as a number of events and activities for spectators and cyclists alike. The races feature both men and women cyclists in multiple professional categories as well as Juniors. The course is designed to delight spectators with fast-paced action, sharp turns, and down-to-the-wire excitement as the pros close in on the finish line. The event also spawns an enjoyable collection of yard parties, neighborhood gatherings and family reunions that give the races a fun and festive feel.

Yeah. It’s crazy. If you’ve never been to a bicycle race in Columbus, Ohio, this is the one to go to. There is an accompanying street festival with a beer tent. A BEER TENT. All sorts of vendors are present from local bike shops to food. Live music is playing as well. The racing is spectacular. Local racers as well as regional pros come out for this race. Even better: the pros are racing under the lights! That’s right, nighttime racing in Grandview Heights. So as I take a break, and load up on articles, contemplate a trip to the race in Grandview. First race is off at 6:30 p.m. That’s the hot mess I’ll be in. Then stick around for the rest of the races if not the festivities!