The Wilmington Grand Prix, named to the top 10 criterium bike races in the country by USA Cycling, drew an incredible 8,000 spectators to Monkey Hill and Market ‘Street this weekend at the 11th annual event. Nearly 1,000 cyclists traveled from nearby states and as far as Australia to take part in the three-day event, which is one of the signature events held in Wilmington each summer.
The Wilmington Grand Prix kept things lively for spectators and visitors, with street festival activities, inflatables for younger kids, a BMX stunt show, corporate tailgating, music, and sidewalk dining at Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom.
The weekend kicked off with a race on Monkey Hill on Friday for cyclists of all levels, and Saturday’s heats began with a Men’s novice 4-5 race where participants were clocking an average of 22 miles per hour over 45 minutes. With races throughout the weekend, the most grueling was the Men’s Pro 1 35-mile event, which was won by Justin Mauch with a time of 1:20:17.