2017 NORTH STAR GRAND PRIX ST. PAUL RACE SURE TO BE ‘GRAND’

Minneapolis (March 23, 2016) --- Hundreds of the best cyclists in the world will be rolling into Minnesota for the 18th annual North Star Grand Prix presented by North Memorial Health Care to be held June 14 – 18, 2017.

 

This year, the first stage of the North Star Grand Prix will have a new route along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. The start and finish lines will be located near Avon Street. Racers will travel west on Grand Avenue to Victoria, then south to Lincoln, then east to St. Albans and back onto Grand for a total distance of 0.9 miles per lap. The Women’s Pro/Elite Race will make 24 laps and the Men will make 32 laps. The women's race will begin at 6:15 p.m., the Park Dental Tour de Kids will begin at 7:15 p.m., and the men's race will begin at 7:45 p.m.  

 

"I am thrilled the North Star Grand Prix is coming to Grand Avenue,” says Saint Paul City Councilmember Rebecca Noecker. “We look forward to having this exciting and family-friendly event highlight one of our great St. Paul neighborhoods." 

 

In addition to hosting the first stage of the Grand Prix, a variety of activities will take place at the St. Paul event - and the other stages during the Grand Prix - including the Park Dental

Tour de Kids presented by Shimano Youth Series (free to participate for children 12 and under); an expo showcasing bike, health and wellness vendors and service providers; and plenty of food and beverage options available. The races and events are free and open to the public.

 

“As a sponsor of the North Star Grand Prix Tour de Kids event for the past several years, we’re excited to see the event in our own backyard,” said Dr. Peter Ullman, a dentist at Park Dental Grand Avenue. “The event is an exceptional showcase of cycling at its highest level. I believe the area residents and local businesses will really embrace the event.”

 

The North Star Grand Prix, a five-day, six-stage race held in five cities around Minnesota: Saint Paul on Wednesday, June 14; Cannon Falls on Thursday, June 15; Uptown Minneapolis on Friday, June 16; North Mankato on Saturday, June 17; and Stillwater on Sunday, June 18

 

For information on the North Star Grand Prix 2017, please visit NorthStarGrandPrix.com.

 

About the North Star Grand Prix

The 18th annual North Star Grand Prix presented by North Memorial Health Care is a multi-day, multi-location celebration of cycling. The North Star Grand Prix June 14 - 18 is held in five locations across Minnesota. In addition to professional bicycle races, the public is welcome to spectate and enjoy bike expos, food trucks and kids activities such as the Park Dental Tour de Kids presented by Shimano. To date, the North Star Grand Prix has attracted more than 2,500 of the country’s top professional and elite cyclists, including 33 Olympians. This year, hundreds of cyclists and thousands of fans are expected at the Grand Prix, which will benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. Get the details at NorthStarGrandPrix.com.