New Haven Bike Racing Festival returns after hiatus

The event was also combined with the Apizza Feast food and drink festival.

NEW HAVEN, Conn — The New Haven Grand Prix is ​​back this year after the pandemic forced the cancellation of events.

The Grand Prix features races for children and adults on a course through the streets around New Haven Green.

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“We have friends who come to the event, so we enjoy watching them every year,” said Eva Shewaye of Hamden.

The event was also combined with the Apizza Feast food and drink festival which filled College Street with items from local pizzerias, restaurants and drink vendors.

“We have been gone for three years since the pandemic. We’re back and we’re back with a vengeance of wonderful pizzas, beers and community. It’s such a good time,” said Colin Caplan with Taste of New Haven, the group that organizes the festival.

Both events provide a boost to downtown businesses, but they also raise money for a youth cycling organization, the CT Cycling Advancement Program.

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“It helps us deliver these programs, especially to schools where schools cost kids nothing,” said Brian Wolfe, the organization’s acting executive director.

One of the highlights of the evening was the professional division. Old Lyme pro cyclist Ben Wolfe has returned to racing after racing here in 2019.

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“It was kind of like Christmas morning when you woke up this morning. The whole community is here,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling, the crowd is so loud. The vibe It’s incredible. “

More cycling events are happening in Connecticut this weekend. The ConnectiCare Gran Fondo kicks off in Madison, Connecticut at 9 a.m.

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