Intelligentsia Cup adds third DuPage criterium race to 2019 Schedule


Oak Brook, IL – For the seventh straight year the Intelligentsia Cup will offer 10 continuous days of racing in different Chicagoland communities, including three criterium races in DuPage County, making the series unique among cycling event in the country. The popular cycling series regularly welcomes more than 900 racers representing as many as 38 states and 12 foreign countries ranging from beginners and juniors to professional athletes.

For the first time in the series history, the Intelligentsia Cup 2019 schedule has added a third event stop in DuPage County with the addition of the Lombard Cycling Classic (July 23), complementing the Ray Whalen Builders Tour of Lake Ellyn (July 20) and the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic (July 26), forming the “DuPage Triple Crown.”

“With the addition of Lombard, the three races in DuPage saw an opportunity for partnership and collaboration” said Justin Roach, Director of Business Development at the DuPage Sports Commission. “Events like the Intelligentsia Cup are a perfect way to show off what DuPage has to offer as the healthiest destination in Illinois, while bringing economic, social and community-based benefits to our area.”

For years both the Ray Whalen Builders Tour of Lake Ellyn and the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic have given back to their respective communities benefiting local charities including the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and the DuPage Cycling Foundation.

“With the support from sponsors and the Elmhurst Community, the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic has raised more than $35,000 for local charities” says Kevin York, one of the founding partners of the race. “This event continues to prove what value sports provide to our community, and we look forward to building on this success as part of the DuPage Triple Crown.”

“We are delighted to be adding another event to our schedule within DuPage,” said series partner and former Olympic Tom Schuler. “Both Elmhurst and Glen Ellyn have established themselves as two premier events within the series, and we’re sure Lombard will do the same.”

With DuPage being centrally located for all of the 10 Intelligentsia Cup events, the DuPage Triple Crown will offer athletes and visitors comprehensive accommodations, dining and entertainment options during the series.

Registration for the series is open, with an early registration discount program running until June 1. More information about the Intelligentsia Cup can be found at

Credit: Ethan Glading

About the DuPage Sports Commission

Created by the not-for-profit organization DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB), the DuPage Sports Commission (DSC) was founded in 2019 to harness the power of sports tourism on behalf of the County’s 38 communities and one million residents. The DSC is uniquely positioned to advocate for and actively impact the health of DuPage communities through strategic growth as an amateur, youth and professional sporting destination. For more information, visit:

About the Intelligentsia Cup

Founded in 2012 as the Prairie State Cycling Series, the Intelligentsia Cup brings 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, visit: