Professional cycling pedals into East Troy
Klumb is bringing the Tour of America's Dairyland, the largest cycling race in the country based on number of competitors, to East Troy on Friday.
More than 500 racers, including Klumb and his team, KS Energy Services Wisconsin, will compete in the 11-day event. The teams race in nine Wisconsin cities including the East Troy Cycling Classic on Friday.
Other races are held in Shorewood, Grafton, Waukesha, Greenbush, Milwaukee, town of Erin/Holy Hill, Fond du Lac, and the concluding criterium in Madison on Sunday, July 1.
"This is the first year we have held this event, but it's also been a great experience for our community," said Katie Matteson, executive director of East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce. "Our committee and volunteers have put in a lot of work, but we would not have been able to host this event without the financial support of the Dennis and Janice Klumb Family Foundation."
"We partnered with the chamber to bring this event to East Troy because we want to showcase our hometown and provide a new, exciting venue for the race utilizing our historic village square," Janice Klumb said.
The Klumb foundation serves as the event's title sponsor and paid $6,500 of the $12,000 needed to host the event. Other key sponsors are The David Strand Family, Abbey Resort and the Klumb's KS Energy Services.
"It's a great opportunity for people to watch competitive professional cycle racing and enjoy a great summer day in East Troy," Matteson said.
Local businesses have embraced the event, especially those around the village square and nearby streets along the racecourse.
"We will extend our hours and offer an expanded menu for the race," said Jane Thompson, owner of The Red Door Café on the square.
Thompson is a co-chair of the organizing committee along with Linda Kaplan of East Troy Shell.
Racing begins at 11:10 a.m. Friday with seven classes culminating with the 90-minute pro men event starting at 6 p.m. A kids fun race open to youngsters 4-11 on tricycles, big wheels and two-wheeled bikes is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. before the concluding pro men's race.
ESPN Radio 540 in Milwaukee will broadcast the racing live from the village square.