Cyclists race for glory at Wilmington Grand Prix

Cyclists at the starting line during the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday (John Mussoni/WHYY)

Cyclists at the starting line during the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday (John Mussoni/WHYY)

Cyclists are rolling through the city’s center this weekend as the Wilmington Grand Prix marks its 12th straight year as part of USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar.

Saturday’s action included two morning amateur races and women’s and men’s pro races in the afternoon on a 1-mile, eight-corner “figure-8” course. A street festival offered cafes and a sidewalk sale, among other attractions.

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The races kicked off Friday night with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park.

Pushing for the finish line in front of the Grand Opera House on Market Street Sunday, rain or shine, will be participants in the Eighth Annual Governor’s Ride and the Seventh Annual Delaware Gran Fondo.

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