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Inaugural Chicago Crit announced

Chicago, Illinois, mayor Richard M. Daley has welcomed cycling's elite to Grant Park on Chicago's lakefront for the city's inaugural Chicago Criterium on Sunday, July 27. Racing will begin at 7am and continue through the day. The total prize money is $40,000 with $25,000 of that marked for the Pro Category 1& 2 race, the final race of the day starting at 2.25pm .

Spectators will have the opportunity to witness the race from several route locations including the grandstand at the start/finish area located on Columbus Drive in front of Buckingham Fountain (Columbus and Balbo). A sports expo, sponsor booths and vendors inside Grant Park have also been announced.

The Chicago Criterium starst on Columbus Drive heading north to East Jackson Boulevard, south on Michigan Avenue, east on Balbo Avenue, then back to Columbus Drive.

For registration information, a complete race schedule and prizes visit www.chicagocriterium.us.

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