The 2022 New Haven Grand Prix brings cyclists to Connecticut

The Grand Prix route will cover a two-block area consisting of High, Elm, Temple and Chapel streets, which will be closed to traffic beginning Friday afternoon.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend should be big in downtown New Haven.

The New Haven Grand Prix cycling event will take place on Friday evening, with multiple races with riders of all ages marking the first time since pre-pandemic racing was held.

When this Grand Prix first came to New Haven a few years ago, some businesses weren’t big fans because they thought the street closures would hurt them, but some were pleasantly surprised. And the good weather expected on Friday should help.

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New Haven is a city that promotes and embraces cycling, even offering free bike repair stations throughout the city. Organizing cycling races on Friday evening therefore seems perfectly suited.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to showcase the unique aspects of New Haven and have a sunset cycle race, as crazy as it sounds,” said Aidan Charles, New Haven Grand Prix promoter. haven.

His organization, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, provides children across the state with access to the sport of cycling, including in partnership with the city of New Haven.

“The Grand Prix was a great opportunity for us to want to get young people interested in amazing sports,” said Gwendolyn B. Williams, director of the New Haven Youth and Recreation Department.

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And she said cycling is another opportunity New Haven kids can use to change the trajectory of their lives.

“So even through the pain, even through your fatigue, are you able to push through and that’s something that they can actually translate into their normal life,” added Williams.

City kids even help park rangers build some of the bike paths they use, she added.

“So we’re delighted with their involvement in the cycling process,” Williams said with a smile.

Many young riders will attend the New Haven Grand Prix this Friday evening, with the route spanning a two-block box consisting of High, Elm, Temple and Chapel streets, which will be closed to traffic beginning Friday afternoon.

The Grand Prix will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

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Mayor Justin Elicker (D-New Haven) said he can’t wait “because you’ll have cyclists zooming around New Haven Green over and over after 40 mph, I understand what’s fast on a bike, but especially if you’re doing those tight turns.”

Among the street closures is a section of College Street, from the upper green to the theater district, which is set aside for live entertainment and food vendors.

After the event, the fun continues in Elm City, as the 24th annual Pride New Haven Festival takes place on the New Haven Green on Saturday.

Tony Terzi is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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