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Independence Day Grand Prix in Colorado Springs

By:
Tim Maloney, European editor in Strasbourg
Published:
June 30, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:18 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 30, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

The second annual Independence Day Grand Prix of Cycling will take place at the Memorial Park...

The second annual Independence Day Grand Prix of Cycling will take place at the Memorial Park Velodrome in Colorado Springs on July 3 and 4. This event is a pivotal stop on the road to the 2007 World Cycling championships. The Independence Day Grand Prix is one of only six events in the United States to be listed on not only the USA Cycling Elite Track Calendar, but also the UCI World Calendar.

Riders are expected from the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, and Hungary. Top American sprinters include 2004 Olympians Giddeon Massie (Team SPIKE), Adam Duvendeck (Team Echelon) and Jennie Reed (Team SPIKE). Brad Huff and Mike Freidman (both of TIAA-Cref) have just returned from road racing in many of the top events in Europe and are hoping to bring that experience and success to the endurance events.

Racing starts July 3 at 7pm and continues July 4 at 5pm. Tickets are available at the gate; prices being $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 and seniors. Spectators are invited to stay at the velodrome for the July 4 fireworks display.

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