Gran Prix of Beverly organizers change gears, plan for September cyclocross race – Wicked Local

BEVERLY —  After a two-year hiatus, the bikes are coming back to Beverly.

This fall, get ready for the Goldberg Properties GP Beverly Cyclocross, presented by Old Planters Brewing Co.

Organizer Paul Boudreau said the race course will encompass areas along the coast, including Lothrop Street and Dane Street Beach/Lyon’s Park.

“Cyclocross is the most spectator-friendly sport in cycling,” he said. “Courses are tight and technical and spectators are able to get up close to the action.”

It’s been a while since a bike race was held in Beverly. Due to road construction downtown in 2019, race organizers decided to take a yearlong hiatus. And then the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out any chance of a race taking place in 2020.

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Boudreau said the event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 p.m. to sunset. 

Races will include amateur men and women, masters men and women, and elite men and women categories, with equal prize money for elite men and elite women.

There will also be an event for children, but details for that are still being worked out.

Though planning is still ongoing, Boudreau said he is looking forward to bringing this race to Beverly.

“This event is a marriage of all the things that made Gran Prix of Gloucester, a 20-year national calibrer event, and Gran Prix of Beverly, a downtown regional event, great,” he said. “In 20 years of event production, I’ve never been more excited for the potential of an event.”