When elite cyclists from around the world take to the streets of Detroit on Saturday, July 13, to compete for one of the largest purses in the nation at the Detroit Cycling Championship, more than 100 children in the Fit Kids 360 Detroit program will receive new bikes and helmets.
The Detroit Athletic Club Foundation is hosting the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour race, which will take place adjacent to Beacon Park. The championship races begin at 10 a.m., while other activities begin at 10:30 and run until 7:30 p.m., following the men’s pro race presented by Chemical Bank. There is no charge to attend.
The 100-bike donation by the DAC Foundation, has been a Detroit Cycling Championship tradition since its inception in 2016. With the support of member contributions and sponsors like Strategic Staffing Solutions and UHY, the foundation has donated more than 300 bikes to Detroit children and families.
“The DAC Foundation is committed to supporting amateur athletics and elevating fitness programs in the community; the Detroit Cycling Championship brings our mission to the city,” says Paul Huth, president of the DAC Foundation. “Our members, event sponsors, and local volunteers work throughout the year to bring this topnotch USA Cycling competition to Detroit as part of our community outreach efforts.”
The Detroit Cycling Championship consists of 12 races, including Category I-V men’s and women’s races, a kids’ race, a corporate race, a spinning competition and HandleBar Detroit pedal push competition. In a nod to the rise of women athletics, the race attracts many of the nation’s leading women cyclists, including Samantha Schneider, 2019 Detroit Cycling Championship Women’s Pro Race winner; Emily Ehrlich a pro from Dearborn; and Laura Van Gilder of the Mellow Mushroom Pizza women’s pro team.
“There are so many positive experiences associated with the Detroit Cycling Championship,” says Kristin Ritter, first vice president of the DAC Board of Directors and a race organizer. “Besides the cycling action, where racers take the turns at 30 m.p.h., there are non-cycling festivities throughout the day at Beacon Park, including a family fun zone, food truck alley, cornhole tournament, and entertainment. We encourage anyone looking for healthy outdoor summer fun, fitness, and food to join us in Detroit on Saturday, July 13.”
Entering its third year, the Detroit Cycling Championship The USA Cycling attracts cycling enthusiasts as well as friends, families, and fans who want to share in the thrill of watching nationally recognized racers compete for $45,000 in cash prizes and primes. Last year’s race attracted racers from 25 states and eight countries.
Sponsors include: Chemical Bank, DTE Foundation, Ford Motor Co., Meijer, Strategic Staffing Solutions, O’Keefe, Wico Metals, Baker Tilly, Deloitte, Lombardo Homes, Elba Labs, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, Wayne State University, Huron Capital, Detroit Sports Commission, UHY, Absopure, Grand Valley State University, Brightview, TriMas, Premier Group, James Group, Ray Laethem Motor Village, Consolidated Agencies, LPC Group, HOUR Detroit, WXYZ, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.
For more information about the Detroit Cycling Championship or to register for the races, including the Meijer-sponsored race for children ages 3 to 9 (helmets required), visit DetroitCycling.com.