$150,000+ up for grabs in new Chicago race

The Tour of Elk Grove is a new two-day criterium event that will be held in suburban Chicago over the weekend of August 12-13, 2006. According to the organisers, the total prize purse, $153,000, is one of the largest in US racing.

The event - full name the Alexian Brothers International Cycling Classic Tour of Elk Grove - will be held within the Elk Grove village area and will comprise two days of criteriums for all categories, culminating each day in a men's pro-am international event with a first prize of $25,000 for the 100km August 12 race.

"The Village and our residents are very excited to be hosting this unique sports event that will spotlight the world's top professional and amateur athletes," said Mayor Craig Johnson. "It will also showcase how great a sport criterium cycling is to a broader American audience."

For more information see www.tourofelkgrove.com.

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