William Blair returns as sponsor of Intelligentsia Cup

July 18, 2019

The William Blair Grand Prix serves as finale of 10-day racing series

Chicago, IL – Premier global financial services firm William Blair is returning as a sponsor of the Intelligentsia Cup, a 10-day pro/amateur bicycle racing series in and around Chicago. The William Blair Grand Prix at Goose Island Beer Co. on July 28 is the culminating event of the series, with a criterium located in the popular Fulton St neighborhood near the company’s headquarters on Chicago’s near-west side.

In addition to the title sponsorship of the series, William Blair is also returning as the name sponsor of the elite Masters 35+ 1/2/3 race category.

As the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management, William Blair supports the series as both a venue and category sponsor.

“We are thrilled to have William Blair continue as a featured sponsor of the Intelligentsia Cup,” said managing partner Tom Schuler. “They recognize the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle that cycling, in all its forms provides, while also enjoying the benefits of our events that showcases some of the best bike racers in the country and from around the world.”

“We are proud to again be part of this amazing event in our hometown,” said Ryan DeVore, head of William Blair’s private wealth management group. “It has become a summer tradition here, and we wish all participants the best of luck.”

Now in its eighth year, the Intelligentsia Cup is one of the largest pro/amateur bike race events in the country, with participants in 2018 traveling from 38 states and 14 foreign countries. Information on the series can be found at: www.bikereg.com/intelligentsiacup

About William Blair

William Blair is the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.* For more information visit: www.williamblair.com

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.

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, please visit: www.intelligentsiacup.com

For more information, please contact:

Mark Zalewski
Marketing Director – Intelligentsia Cup
630 890 0209
[email protected]

Marco Colbert
Executive Director – Intelligentsia Cup
847 644 0277
[email protected]