It’s a new year and a new look for the Tour of Somerville. For 75 years the Tour of Somerville has been a fixture in the Town of Somerville. As the oldest bike race in the country and one of the most prestigious races to win among top cyclists, the Tour of Somerville enters a new era with a new logo along with an expanded program. Our new logo, represents the 75 year history along with our strong association to Memorial Day honoring our military. The Kugler-Anderson 50 mile pro men’s race is named for the first two winners of the Tour of Somerville, Furman Kugler and Carl Anderson, both who gave their lives during WWII.
While cycling will always be the focus of the Tour of Somerville, additional events and activities are being scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend. By appealing to a broader audience with a focus on family engagement we expect attendance to increase dramatically. Last year’s success with the Unity Bank Kid’s Corner on the fourth turn will now be expanded to other areas of the race course. The first turn will add a sports exhibition with assorted demonstrations from local organizations and sports teams. Division Street will have live entertainment by various music groups. On Davenport Street a “Bike Swap” flea market will offer individuals the opportunity to buy and sell used bike equipment. In the morning, prior to the Tour of Somerville, a family recreational ride will take place along with the traditional Memorial Day parade to honor our troops and veterans.
Adding to the excitement is the addition of a new bike race that is currently in the planning to bring some of world’s top sprint cyclists to race down Main Street reaching speeds over 45 miles per hour. For local youth look for our Development Cycling Program coming to your school. Cycling classes will teach the basic skills of riding a bike, bike safety and bike maintenance. Those interested in racing will have a chance to compete Memorial Day weekend. This along with several other exciting additions are in the works to make this year’s 75th anniversary a Memorial Day to remember.