The Tour of America’s Dairyland is the nation’s largest competitive cycling event and it is happening right here in Wisconsin. It might not quite be the Tour de France, but with all the spectator-friendly criterium style races, ToAD might offer and even better pro-cycling ticket. Across the country, and even the world, Wisconsin has long been known as a great place for bike racing. The legend of Otto Wenz and Super Week (The International Cycling Classic) lives on through the ToAD races, many of which run on the same courses Otto pioneered.
This year Otto will be honored at the start of the pro men’s races at the ISCorp Downer Classic and the new East Tosa Gran Prix. If you have not already been to a race, some of the best courses for spectating are still to come. I am particularly fond of watching the Downer Classic Race, which is packed with spectators, vendors and features but the Ben’s Cycle Super Prime (sometimes up to $10K ). As cool as Downer is, I am particularly excited for the East Tosa Gran Prix because that is in my back yard! It will be a great opportunity for spectating and to promote all the great new businesses that have opened on the east side of Wauwatosa.
You can get a feel for how the races are going and who to watch for by reading Tom Held’s great blog The Active Pursuit. Tom has been covering most of the races this year. If you do come out to the races, look for me and say hi. I will be the guy laying in the gutter hiding behind a Nikon D4.