The North Star Grand Prix returns to the uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis for the the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium for the Friday evening event. With huge crowds that have lined the entire course every year, the riders have been energized and there has been some incredible racing.
The course has teams race past Calhoun Square on a .88 Kilometer course that comprises six tight corners and a furious race to the finish line.
With a long straightaway across the finish line into a very short run between turns one and two, speeds will descend from a brisk 35-plus mph into the low digits before ramping up again out of turn five on Lake Street. Strong racers and teams will stay up front to control the tempo and avoid accidents.
The Greg LeMond CEO’s Ride for Kids will be held at the Festival’s most popular event Friday evening in Uptown. The announcers will call three-time Tour de France Champion Greg LeMond and the CEOs to the line individually, then they’ll will ride one lap of the course, along with members of the Sanford Hype Special Olympics team, Click HERE for more information.
Fan Zone Sport Tip: The real spectacle comes near the end of the course as riders make turn six onto Hennepin Avenue and into a long, wide one-block straightaway to the finish line.
4:30 PM Expo opens & RBC Kids’ Zone opens
6:15 PM Elite Amateur Race: 20 Laps
7:10 PM Greg LeMond CEO Ride for Kids
7:25 PM Park Dental/Shimano Kids Fun Race
7:50 PM Men Pro/Elite Race: 40 Laps
8:45 PM Racing ends
9:00 PM Expo closes
Bus routes to the Uptown Festival.