Shimano Returns as Official Technical Support Partner for 2024 Chicago Grit

June 10, 2024

Chicago Grit, FKA Intelligentsia Cup, celebrating 12 years of Chicagoland racing

Chicago, IL – June 10, 2024 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Chicago Grit, formerly known as the Intelligentsia Cup, is proud to announce that Shimano is returning as the Official Technical Support Partner for the 2024 race series. This marks Shimano’s fourth year in this critical role, underscoring their unwavering dedication to supporting the cycling community.

“The support Shimano gives our riders is incredible, and we are extremely grateful to see them return this year,” said Marco Colbert, Chicago Grit Race Director. “Their dedication to helping our riders stay competitive is invaluable. Without Shimano, many riders would have had to forfeit the race after a mechanical issue, flat tire, or small crash.”

Shimano’s team works tirelessly, ensuring that riders remain in the race after encountering mechanical issues. They provide essential services, working long hours to keep bikes in top condition. Their crew also plays a crucial role in helping riders mentally recover as they work on their bikes, offering encouragement and support.

“Chicago Grit is a fantastic series that delivers incredible amateur and professional competition in uniquely American road racing venues,” said Nick Legan, Road Brand Manager at Shimano. “We take pride in developing high-quality products that these racers depend upon and providing them with the highest level of race support available.”

In addition to providing neutral support, Shimano has generously donated various items as prizes throughout the event, further contributing to the success and excitement of the series.

For more information about the Chicago Grit series please visit https://chicago-grit.com/ or contact Bekah Collins



About Chicago Grit

Chicago Grit, formerly the Intelligentsia Cup, is a premier cycling race series held annually in Chicago. Known for its challenging courses and vibrant community atmosphere, Chicago Grit is the largest road series in America, offering a unique blend of competitive racing and local engagement. Chicago Grit draws cyclists from across the nation, and the world, to compete in 10 races over 10 days. 2024 venues will include: West Dundee, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Mundelein, Lombard, Brookfield, Northbrook, Elgin, Lake Bluff, and a new venue in Chicago’s Fulton Market.

About Shimano: Over the past 103 years, Shimano has established itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of bike components. Shimano is famous for its “Systems

Engineering”. This means that all components are developed in such a way that they function perfectly together and with the human body. The result is improved control, a faster response, more efficient use of rider energy and a general feeling of precision and harmony. You feel the difference when you ride a bike with Shimano components.

Besides bicycle components, Shimano also produces fishing tackle and rowing equipment. Shimano’s corporate philosophy is based upon the development of products that support people in enjoying outdoor activities in the natural environment.