Winning women racers celebrate victory.

Evanston’s second annual downtown bike race provided thousands of spectators with moments of excitement as racers looped past every couple of minutes, but plenty of slack time in between to enjoy dining or conversation.

After amateur races through the morning and early afternoon, the women’s pro racers started the main event around 4 p.m.

Women lean into the curve at the Chandler’s corner.

About 5:30 p.m. the men’s pro cyclists took over.

They outnumbered the women perhaps three-to-one, and spectators looking for a cooling breeze on the sticky evening just had to lean close to the rail as the huge pack of cyclists roared by.

The Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Grand Prix of Cycling event is part of the Point Premium Root Beer Cycling Classic with 18 races through mid-July to coincide with the Tour de France.

Related links

Cycling Classic website

ENH race website

Chicago Bike Racing

The Tour de Chris, one cyclist’s comments on the race. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thanks for the photos and links of the bike race
    Bill, thanks for sharing the photos and giving some links to the racer’s blogs. It’s nice to hear about the event from their perspective too.
    I attended much of the racing yesterday as well, and had a great time. I think this is a great event for Evanston and hope that it continues to be an annual tradition.

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