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Bike Race in the Borough Friday Night

The Chesco Grand Prix begins at 5 p.m.; starting line is on King Street between Channing and Bridge streets.

What is the Chesco Grand Prix?

It is a new, nine-stop bicycling competition and tour in Chester County. It opened in Oxford Thursday, and Malvern is the second leg on the way to the finals in Kennett Square on July 6.

What's the course?

See the blue circuit on the map above. According to the press release attached to this article:

The Malvern Criterium will be a fast and fun six-corner race that is .62 miles per lap. Riders will be completing laps about every 1.5 minutes. The start and finish line is on East King Street in downtown Malvern.

The first race begins at 5:00 p.m. There will be for races for kids and others for adults. The premier 65-lap race for professional men starts at 7:15 p.m. [...]

The featured pro races will be at distances ranging from 35 to 50 miles with shorter distances for amateurs and women.

What will be going on becides the race?

According to the main sponsor, Malvern Business and Professional Association:

[It] features 3 exciting races—for amateurs, for elite women, and for professional men. The evening in Malvern includes live coverage from a local radio station, professional announcing, celebrity appearances, kids’ zone, youth races and more.

Will it affect traffic?

Yes. from about 3 to about 9 p.m. Also, according to police:

There will be limited access to the Malvern Train Station. Outbound parking lot traffic should exit to West Lancaster Avenue (Business Route 30) or Sproul Road (Route 352). Septa's Route 92 bus will also be detoured."

Who is riding?

  • , amateurs, elite women and professional men. Bobby Lea, a member of the United States’ 2012 Olympic Cycling Team, will be using the race to prepare for the summer games in London.

Who are the venue sponsors?

  • Malvern Business and Professional Association
  • Lincoln University

More questions?

An overview of the series of races can be found at chescograndprix.com, along with the press release attached to this article.

Barbara J Rutz June 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Having trouble interpreting the map. The race appears to go from Warren to first Ave, then to Poswelton and back to King St. the detour map that was sent out gives first Ave as part of the detour. will there be traffic allowed on that stretch of first ave during th races or does the course turn at Monument rather than first. Anyone know the answer?
Jared June 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Not sure what roads will be closed but I do know the course starts in front of Malvern Pizza and goes east right onto Woodland then Right onto Roberts, Left onto Warren and Right onto Monument, right onto Powelton and right back onto King.
Pete Kennedy June 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Barbara, I received a voicemail that the map may not accurately reflect the course. I modeled it on a press release I was given, but am on vacation now so can't check to see if I made an error. Apologies of that's the case.
Danielle July 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
OK I did not realize that this Tour was so big. I felt bad for the businesses on King St. The Flaggers should have suggested which way to go to get around. How about next year we move it to Memorial Park- lots of space only inconveniences 3 homes or 15 homes depending how its set up. Has lites for the nite, easier parking. It was really cool to watch!!!
Jared July 02, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Don't feel bad for the businesses that were open. Go ask the Flying Pig or Malvern Pizza how business was. The Pig was packed the entire time despite their usual poor service and mediocre food. The idea of these crits is to have them in the town center. If you want to see what an established one is like and what it can do for the downtown area bushiness's . Check out the Iron Hill Crit in downtown West Chester this Saturday the 7th. It is in it's 8th year running.

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