Giro d’ Grafton set to roll back to downtown Saturday

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Tour of America’s Dairyland bicycle-racing series will return for the 12th annual Giro d’ Grafton on Saturday, June 23.

More than 500 bicyclists are expected to participate in six races on a .85-mile criterium that begins and ends at the intersection of Beech Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

“Typically, the Giro d’ Grafton has been highly participated in with a lot of amateurs. We’ve pretty much maxed out all our racing registrations,” Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam King said.

The competition begins with amateur races at 11 a.m. and will finish with a twilight race around 9 p.m.

New to this year are two national para-cycling competitions that will involve hand cycles and adaptive cycling for disabled racers. 

“Last year, Grafton was a test site for para-cycling races, and it was extremely well received,” King said.

“We’re very excited to see what that will bring to Grafton because we know there are people coming from all over the country for the para-cycling races.” 

Besides bike racing, Grafton will hold a number of other activities. At noon, a beer garden will open at the Lumberyard Plaza.

There will be live entertainment in the Paramount Plaza starting at 1 p.m., and the Grafton Fire Department will have an open house.

At 7 p.m., youngsters can get a taste of the racing action if they bring their Big Wheel tricycle to the event, and there will be a mascot race afterward.

King expects the races will draw about 2,000 visitors to downtown Grafton.

“Anytime you can bring a couple thousand people from the region into your community, you hope the impact isn’t just for that day,” she said.

“We’ve seen in the past that people like to come back and see all that Grafton has to offer.” 

The Tour of America’s Dairyland Racing series, which runs for 11 days, is the largest amateur cycling competition in the country. 

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