The Longsjo Classic Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is pleased to announce that the 58th historic cycling race will take place on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in the City of Fitchburg. This one day event is returning to its place of origin, and home to renowned Olympian Arthur Longsjo, Jr. This year the LOC’s work will focus on reviving participation and bringing new community life to the downtown race, in hopes of returning it to the celebrated spectator event of past years.
As part of the re-tooling of the Classic, the LOC is putting a strong emphasis on increasing community involvement with the race. To that end, many new events will be taking place during race day at select sites around the course. Most notable will be the creation of a community area in Boulder Drive’s Putnam Place parking lot. This location will include a kid’s bike rodeo, River Styx beer garden, food trucks, community expo area and Pro Team parking and expo area. In addition to the Upper Common, this community area will be an exciting location for bystanders to watch the race.
“This is an exciting time for Fitchburg and the Longsjo Classic,” said Jason Longsjo, President of the Art Longsjo Foundation. “My family is so proud of this city and this race, we love the new direction.”
Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale said, “over the years the Longsjo Classic has become a traditional bicycle stage race for professional and recreational cyclists from around the world. I want to encourage residents in Fitchburg and the region to appreciate this momentous cycling race in North Central Mass and come out to support the amazing racers and overall event. This is quite a sporting event to experience. Whether a cycling enthusiast or not, listening to the sights and sounds of a high speed bike race is exciting. There’ll be much to see and enjoy while strolling around the Longsjo Classic course in downtown Fitchburg. I am certain that nobody will be disappointed!”
Other plans include a battle of the band’s competition, a street art display similar to the Tour de France, and more.
As part of this new emphasis on the Fitchburg community involvement and the multiyear strategic plan, the LOC has decided to take a step back from the Leominster race this year. Their hope is to temporarily redirect the focus to Fitchburg before considering to expand it back to Leominster.
For more information, please contact Event Director Reese Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-236-3021.