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2020 LB Criterium Cancelled

The oh-so-popular Lake Bluff Criterium bike race won't take place in 2020, but the 2021 Intelligentsia Cup's Lake Bluff tour is already scheduled .

Here is the announcement from management of the Intelligentsia Cup racing tour:

May 27, 2020 – We are sorry to announce that the 2020 edition of the Intelligentsia Cup is canceled due to COVID-19. This decision was not taken lightly and included input from venue partners, local municipalities, sponsors and riders. Ultimately, the safety of our participants, spectators, volunteers, staff and the residents of the communities that welcome us every year is paramount. We look forward to seeing you all next summer when the series returns July 16-25, 2021.

Cyclists in the 2019 Intelligentsia Cup race through Lake Bluff; photo by Ethan Glading

"This was an extremely difficult decision to make, particularly after our enormous success in 2019 that saw the series become the largest USA Cycling road event," said series partner Tom Schuler.

"Since the beginning of this pandemic we have held out hope that the situation would improve enough to hold the Intelligentsia Cup in a safe manner, and we have worked since to find a way forward. Unfortunately, the current facts at hand and expert guidance say otherwise.

"We are grateful to our title sponsor Intelligentsia Coffee for supporting the series by rolling the sponsorship forward to next year. As well, all our sponsors and venues have committed to returning. We hope our riders stay safe and are able to join us next July!"

For more information about the series, including a cancelation FAQ, please visit: www.intelligentsiacup.com

About the Intelligentsia Cup

Founded in 2012 as the Prairie State Cycling Series, the Intelligentsia Cup is the largest race series in the country, bringing competitive bicycle races to the Chicago metro area, featuring top-level professional and elite amateur athletes. Each race venue includes exciting racing complemented by healthy and fun family activities, a lifestyle expo, as well as food and beverage from local vendors. For the complete schedule, please visit: www.intelligentsiacup.com