East Tosa Gran Prix: June 25
For those hungering for some pedal-to-the-metal action (minus the metal), June 25 marks the fifth annual East Tosa Gran Prix. The route runs from 65th to 69th Street, from North Avenue to Meinecke.
The event serves as the final day of the Tour of America's Dairyland bike race, a 11-day race – billed as the largest competitive cycling event in the country – that pedals through several Wisconsin cities before winding up in Wauwatosa for the final leg. The inaugural event in 2013 brought more than 15,000 visitors to North Avenue to participate in one of the many races held throughout the day or merely to cheer on the riders. Even more are expected this year.
The races span a wide range of categories and levels, featuring male, female, over-35 and professional racers. There's also a scheduled segment of the Gran Prix set aside at 6 p.m. for kids to snap on their helmets, take their marks and ride the course. It may be the largest kids race in the country.
For those with only a marginal interest in or knowledge of bicycling, the East Tosa Gran Prix also features a local marketplace, with food and drink from local restaurants and businesses, including Greek, Italian and American dishes, craft beer, live music and more.
Where: North Avenue to Meinecke Avenue, between 65th and 69th Streets.
Hours: The streets will be closed from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., with races of all types going on throughout the day and an awards ceremony at the end to close the bike race out.
For more information about the East Tosa Gran Prix, visit the website.
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