Germain Automotive Group renewed its title sponsorship of the Grandview Cycling Classic, coming up in June, in Ohio. The event will be called the Germain.com Tour de Grandview. The two-day event features top-level US and international professional cyclists from the US as well as from other countries around the globe. Besides the race action, there are several other events and activities for spectators.
Besides the name branding, Germain will also provide the officials' race cars. "We're thrilled to have Germain with us once again for the 2008 Tour," said Tour sponsorship committee chair Jeff Shaw. "They have been exceedingly supportive, and we couldn't put on such a professional event and attract such a world-class field without their generous investment."
The professional races will feature men's and women's races. The criterium courses will cover a number of the hilly, tree-lined streets on either side of Grandview Avenue, the city's main thoroughfare. Among the events tied to this year's Tour will be a Kids' Sprints competition, an Ohio Series Criterium race on Saturday afternoon; a Saturday night street party with food, drinks, live entertainment and children's activities; and a final set of criterium races on Sunday afternoon.
An international field of over 300 professional cyclists is expected to make it to central Ohio, as well as thousands of cycling enthusiasts and spectators. Celebrating its 16th year in 2008, the Tour is organized by the non-profit Grandview Community Association with the support of the City of Grandview Heights, local volunteers, and sponsoring businesses. More information is available at www.tourdegrandview.com.