An Illinois criterium, the Glencoe Grand Prix, announced it had signed AT&T as a new supporting sponsor and raised its prize purse. The August 10 race has also lowered entry fees and added winner's jerseys, chip timing, more premium lap prizes, SRAM Neutral support and better overall amenities surrounding the course. In addition, the Village of Glencoe will re-pave a portion of the picturesque 0.90-mile criterium-style race course, which weaves throughout the village's downtown business district and tree-lined residential streets.
"The tremendous support we have received from AT&T and numerous important local sponsors is helping us turn the Glencoe Grand Prix into an exceptionally special event," said Jon Knouse, Race Director and Glencoe Educational Foundation President. "In just its second year, this race has begun to establish itself as a significant stop for competitive cyclists of all levels, as well as a great family event for the community."
The inaugural race in 2007 attracted more than 300 riders and raised nearly $11,000 for the Glencoe Educational Foundation (GEF), which supports creative learning programs in three local schools.