New Haven Grand Prix: Races amid pizza, drink, music
Speed on thin wheels mixes with outdoor festival to create a special atmosphere for the New Haven Grand Prix in downtown New Haven, the latest version of which is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15.
Organizers are promising live music, an outdoor festival with food and trade vendors, beer gardens and exciting bicycle races, of course. It’s free to watch; food, fees and beer sales serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program.
The racing course Friday runs from Chapel and College and then runs left on Temple, Elm and High Streets back to the starting spot. The concurrent Apizza & Eats Feast will be centered on College Street to either side of the start/finish line. The Sierra Nevada Beer Gardens tent will be on College near the upper Green. There will also be a Villa Pozzi Wine Garden.
With streets blocked off starting Friday a couple of hours before the start of feast and cycling races at 4 p.m., the event also boasts a pedestrian-friendly vibrancy that drew 15,000 spectators last year, organizers said. Saturday’s event only involves long-distance rides of 10-, 31- and 62-mile routes through southern Connecticut (registration opens 6:30 a.m.; riders leave at 8 a.m.).
New Haven Grand Prix, College and Chapel streets, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15, 4-10 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free to observe. Newhavengp.com