The Highlands Criterium Bike Race, day 10 of the Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD), will be all day Saturday, June 26th.
What to expect on race day:
- Set up crews from ToAD, Department of Public Works and Wauwatosa Police will begin barricading roads around 9am and will re-open at the end of the race day around 9pm.
- Any cars that are parked directly on the race course are deemed dangerous by Tosa PD and will be towed beginning around 9am. If you live on the race course and need access to your vehicle on Saturday, June 26th, please make plans to park on a street that is still open for traffic. The “outer” ring of Washington Circle will remain open for traffic and parking. Overnight parking ordinance will NOT be enforced overnight from Friday to Saturday for those that would like to move their cars out to the street the night before.
- Signs will be placed by DPW and WPD stating “No Thru Traffic” or “Local Traffic Only” at entrances to our neighborhood to keep traffic to a minimum in the Highlands. Open streets within the Highlands are available for parking for residents and guests. Off-site parking has been arrange at Wauwatosa East High School and Neeskara School for racers and at Catholic Charities for the handcycling competitors. Racers will also be directed to the ample street parking surrounding the Highlands.
- There will be a Wauwatosa Police officer stationed on site all day along with few other police circulating around the neighborhood.
- Racing will go on all day for various categories. The schedule is posted here: https://www.tourofamericasdairyland.com/host/washington-highlands/ Come out and cheer and ring those cowbells for encouragement! You may even see some of your neighbors speeding by in the races! If you want to add some extra excitement to the races, it is tradition to offer “primes” (pronounced “preemz”) for sprints within races. For example, “$100 dollar prime to the first racer in the next lap.”
- The stage will be located at Upper Parkway North at Washington Blvd with a registration trailer behind it.
- Local sponsor tents, food trucks, beverage vendors and porta-potties for racer and spectator use will be located in Center Park on Martha Washington, just south of Upper Parkway North.
- There will be a kids bike race for cyclists ages 2-13 from 6:20-7pm! Come out and cheer for these cuties as they race towards their ice cream prize! Please pre-register here for the kids race: https://form.jotform.com/211564617126150. If you are able to help get the kids situated for their race and reunited with their families afterward, please consider volunteering for a couple hours and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca9a62eaaf94-highlands
We are still in need of some volunteers to fill short corner marshal shifts at our four crosswalks to ensure that pedestrians and racers alike are safe on the road. We also need some hands to assist in the kids race— getting kids to the right start line for their age group and getting them going in the right direction. If you are available to volunteer for either (or both!) of these opportunities, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca9a62eaaf94-highlands
This also a great way for responsible high schoolers over 16 years old to earn some community service hours! Thank you to Catherine Teichert for being our day of volunteer coordinator and offering her yard on the NE corner of Washington Blvd and Washington Circle, across from Applecroft Park, as Volunteer Check-in and headquarters!
Lastly, we are still NOT QUITE to our fundraising goal for the event, we are just short of our goal by $750. If you are able or know of a local business that would like to contribute and receive sponsorship acknowledgment, please contact Amy Mikec at firstname.lastname@example.org or contribute by Venmo @HighlandsToad.
Thank you to The Highlands residents and businesses for their contributions and making this happen!