From an email:
“The 2010 Capital Criterium pro cycling race is happening this Sunday, July 11 in support of D.C.’s bid to host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2012. This is one of the city’s premiere pro cycling events and is a major effort in support of D.C.’s Giro bid. The race will be on and around Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, NW.
Some of the event highlights include:
* GiroDC2012 Celeb Charity Ride, featuring Mayor Fenty, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi and other noted city officials.
* CapCrit Lifestyle Expo which will feature a live performance by the Morrison Brothers Band
* CycleLife Kids’ Safety Races which is being staged to promote the importance of cycling safety for kids ages 3-11.
The pro-race starts at 1:15 pm., however, race-day activities begin as early as 8 a.m. when the Lifestyle Expo opens. There will be interview opportunities with Mayor Fenty, Mark Sommers who is the CapCrit Race Director and Chair of the US Stages Working Group, and other key supporters of the Giro bid.”