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Tour of Lake Ellyn to feature cyclists from Glen Ellyn's sister city

Race to take place July 15

Five riders from the Le Bouscat cycling team will compete July 15 in the Tour of Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. Le Bouscat, France, is Glen Ellyn's sister city.
Five riders from the Le Bouscat cycling team will compete July 15 in the Tour of Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. Le Bouscat, France, is Glen Ellyn's sister city.

GLEN ELLYN – French cyclist Simon Martin said he plans to compete as hard as he can as he gets ready for the Jerry Haggerty Chevrolet Tour of Lake Ellyn on July 15.

"Cycling is my passion," said Martin, who is a member of the Le Bouscat cycling team. Le Bouscat, France, is the village's sister city.

Martin is one of five riders from the team who will participate in the all-day Tour of Lake Ellyn, which will feature both professional and amateur classes. The first race is at 10:05 a.m., and the last race will be at 7:45 p.m.

Under the name the Tour of Glen Ellyn, the race was part of last year's Intelligentsia Cup, a bike race series that also features races in Elmhurst, Chicago and other communities during the month of July. Glen Ellyn was a new venue for the cup last year. The race is again part of the Intelligentsia Cup this year.

The race has a long tradition in Glen Ellyn. Two-time cycling Olympian John Vande Velde, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, designed the course. The first edition of the race was in 1970, and the course was raced under the name the Tour of Lake Ellyn during the 1970s and 1980s.

A local organizing committee is putting together this year's race, after Intent Coaching said it wouldn't be returning as the local promoter for the Tour of Glen Ellyn. The Le Bouscat cycling team plans to participate in all 10 races in the Intelligentsia Cup.

Glen Ellyn couple Julie and Stephen Nyquist are hosting the Le Bouscat cycling team during their stay in the United States. They also will have a bird's-eye view of the Tour of Lake Ellyn as they live along Lake Ellyn and the race course.

"We had a wonderful time watching the race [last year]," Julie Nyquist said. "We were just impressed with the quality of the racers and the event itself. I think it's a great thing for Glen Ellyn. Last year, we were able to meet cyclists from Australia and from all over the country. It was really interesting."

As part of this year's race, there will be the two-lap Greentarget Family Fun Ride at 3:45 p.m., where anyone with a bicycle and helmet is invited to ride the same course as the racers, in between the pro-women and pro-men events.

The Tour of Lake Ellyn will benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, an ecumenical endeavor of Glen Ellyn churches that cooperate in providing food and volunteers to serve people in need who reside in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol Stream, Lisle and Glendale Heights.

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If you go

A full schedule for the Tour of Lake Ellyn is at touroflakeellyn.com.

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