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April 24, 2012National and international professional cycling returns to St. Louis May 11-13 with the Missouri Professional Cycling Series (MO PRO), three days of racing in three historic neighborhoods across the city.
The main events are: Friday evening, May 11, the Loop de Loop Grand Prix along the Delmar Loop; Saturday May 12, the Tour de Grove in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood; and the Dutchtown Classic in South St. Louis on Sunday, May 13. Race maps, event times and more information are online at www.moprocycling.com.
Loop de Loop Grand Prix
The $5,000 purse Loop de Loop Grand Prix Criterium will be held Friday, May 11, in University City. Registration is Thursday, May 10, 4 to 8 p.m., at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 6133 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop, and on site race day.
Race registration is $40. Children (Big Wheels to 12-year-olds) are $5; additional donations will be accepted benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The race start/finish line is near Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd. Race runs along Delmar, Melville, Washington and Trinity. Roads will close at 3 p.m.; first race begins at 3:30 p.m. Kids' races are at 6 p.m.
Tour de Grove
The Missouri Professional Cycling Series features the Tour de Grove on Saturday, May 12. This is one of only 19 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) professional cycling races in the United States.
The course is a 1.7-mile spectator- friendly, winding circuit through The Grove neighborhood, along Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. There will be a sprint finish along Manchester in front of the area's restaurant and bar district.
The day begins with the Tour de Grove 5K run and a recreational ride organized by Trailnet. Racing will get underway late morning. The men's and women's professional races will be preceded by children's races and a U.S. Paralympic Hand Cycling event. Viewing parties, a community expo and neighborhood activities will be set up around the course.
Adjacent to the race in The Grove will be a travelling national cycling poster show (ARTCRANK) at Atomic Cowboy restaurant and bar running May 11-13. Details about the show can be found at http://artcrank.com/stlouis.
The Dutchtown Classic will be held Sunday, May 13. It features a challenging criterium circuit around the Dutchtown business district and Marquette Park. The Dutchtown Classic boasts a full schedule of amateur and professional racing, children's races and a U.S. Handcycling event.
The Dutchtown neighborhood is in South St. Louis city bordered by the Mississippi River and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, a historic commercial and residential district that features Cherokee Street Antique Row and the Meramec Street commercial district.