The best professional and amateur cyclists in the US are coming to put on a show over Labor Day Weekend! Four full-tilt races in four of STL’s coolest neighborhoods. Each Day features an all-day program of racing that includes amateur races, and kids races, that build up to the men’s and women’s professional races. Each race showcases “criterium format” racing on one mile+ laps. This Americanized style of racing appeals to both athletes and spectators alike as the peloton speeds by every few minutes, holding lines only inches apart from one another. Spectators can watch the race develop lap after lap and hear commentators announce race strategy as the excitement builds.
The Gateway Cup takes place in the heart of FOUR unique and awesome St. Louis neighborhoods.
Within each of these host communities, the race course is a defined one-mile lap and the race format is known as a “criterium.” This Americanized style of racing appeals to both athletes and spectators alike as the peloton, or pack of cyclists, pass by every few minutes at impressive speeds holding lines only inches apart from one another. Spectators can watch the race develop lap after lap and hear commentators announce race strategy, allowing more of an understanding and involvement in the excitement. Returning for 2023- all four days of the Gateway Cup are included on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.
There are 9 races each day based on ability, ranging from newbies to pros. Each day begins with the amateur races and builds up to the featured events, the men’s and women’s professional races. In these races, 150 of the top national and international cyclists will hurl themselves through corners averaging 30 mph towards a typically thrilling sprint finish. Guaranteed inspiration.
For the Men’s and Women’s Elite Classes, we have an overall Omnium competition for the best aggregate results over all four days of racing. Each day we score the top 15 places and assign points toward an overall prize. Points are awarded 25, 20,16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Giro Della Montagna
The Giro Della Montagna – the third stop of the Gateway Cup!
The Hill boasts the finest Italian restaurants anywhere. It is the boyhood home of such baseball legends as Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. It is a neighborhood that acts as a model for the community as generations of families continue to maintain their residences creating a close-knit feel. The neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants starting in the late 19th Century. The anchor for the community continues to be St. Ambrose Catholic Church, the Start/Finish site for today’s race. The Italian heritage continues to thrive with the Hill’s variety of Italian restaurants, bakeries, taverns, groceries, community organizations, and social clubs.
Trailnet will once again be hosting one of its most popular recreational rides around St. Louis City. Be a participant and take part in the Trailnet Giro Della Montagna Ride and finish the day watching St. Louis’ best criterium bike race.
The Giro Della Montagna began in 1986 and was the brainchild of lifetime Hill resident, Joe Torrisi. With the help of the St. Louis Cyclones, the event took a few years to gain some momentum. It was held over the Fourth of July weekend to draw additional racers who were in town for the VP Fair cycling races which were being held downtown the same weekend. The Giro became the cornerstone of the Gateway Cup in 1998 and more recently has been coordinated by the events group from Big Shark Bicycle Company. The Hill is pleased to continue this great relationship and is looking forward to many more years of Giro, Giro, Giro!
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