For the fifth consecutive year, bicycle racing returns to downtown Evanston on Sunday, July 17.

The Evanston Grand Prix presented by Turin Bicycle will host a full day of racing with amateur men and women’s categories starting at 9 a.m. and culminating with the pro women’s race at 4 p.m. and the pro men at 5:30 p.m.

The prime vantage point for this family-friendly event is Fountain Square at Sherman Avenue and Davis Street.

“I’m pleased to bring top-notch bike racing to Evanston again this summer,” said race director Chris Mailing.

“We’ve got several new activities and sponsors which will make this year’s event better than ever, and we’re expecting 15,000 to 20,000 spectators who will thrill to watch professional men and women cyclists from 40 states and 20 countries navigate our downtown course that has been described as ‘tight, technical and exciting.’”

Mailing said the event will also feature a beer garden with Goose Island beer, kids races sponsored by Whole Foods Market and the opportunity to watch the race from one of 30 restaurants right on the course, many with outdoor dining.

This year’s event will again be part of the International Cycling Classic & Superweek Pro Tour series.

Looking for a race preview? Here’s a photo gallery of images from last year’s race day.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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