Gran Prix of Gloucester Before and After

I am fully supportive of the Gran Prix, the quality of the people it brings here and what they put back into the community between the businesses that benefit and the showcasing of our City as a venue for world class events.  Make no mistake about it, these athletes travel from all over the world to participate.

They have demonstrated that they leave the park in better shape than when they arrive. (Pictures don’t lie homie),  and show that they are willing to listen to, and work with the powers that be to insure that people are left happy.

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Race organizer Paul Boudreau writes-

In late September 2012, we had the 14th edition of the Gran Prix of Gloucester bike race at Stage Fort Park. The conditions were brutal: rain fell almost continuousy for both race days. The competitors relished racing in those conditions. For the organizers, we knew this meant more work to restore the park.

You may have heard about some of the issues the race is having via articles in the Gloucester Daily Times.  There have been meetings between our organization and the City that have highlighted several issues with the way repairs have been handled. Importantly, we’ve identified some areas where communication between the City Council, the Parks Department and our organization was lacking and are doing our best to turn this situation around. 

Some residents highlighted several areas where the park needs improvement. Armed now with specific, actionable items, we have every confidence that these issues have either been addressed or will be when the ground thaws and more work can begin. We’ve invested significantly more funds this year into post-event landscaping, with more to come. (We hire local landscapers Wolf Hill, by the way). 

The Gran Prix of Gloucester’s mission is to take care of Stage Fort Park. We love that park. I take my own kids there.    After the race, we visit the park several times a month to check the progress and ensure that conditions are improving.   Each Spring, the park looks beautiful and we have not received any complaints until now.

We are committed to continue work with the Parks Department and the City Council so the park conditions are satisfactory and the event can continue.

Finally, below are some numbers about our event’s economic impact from Bentley University (they managed the data collection and tabulation for impartiality).

We had a good meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and we’re receiving some positive testimonies  from area motels & inns regarding the benefits of hosting this event in Gloucester.

Regards,

Paul Boudreau

Race Director, Gran Prix of Gloucester

Data:
• 40% of GP Gloucester poll respondents indicated that they used accommodations other than their home prior to the race.
• The money spent on accommodations is in the range of $101-200 (19%) and $201-300 (20%)
• The number one category of spending in the city of Gloucester was on Dining.
• The average amount spent on Dining by respondents on dining was in the neighborhood of $66.
• Majority of those who participated in the Gran Prix of Gloucester are in the 30-39 and 40-49 age range (a combined 60% of participants)

The report identified that racers were not leaving the park during the race, so they weren’t buying food in town. However, all but one food vendor at GP Gloucester is from town.

6 comments

  • Paul, Thank you for bring this wonderful event to Gloucester and making it work for everyone.

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  • I visited Gloucester for the first time this year to race the Gran Prix of Gloucester and might not have otherwise visited. The pictures accompanying this story are exciting evidence of how Stage Fort Park has improved. Paul Boudreau runs a world class event and is sure to treat Gloucester and Stage Fort Park with all the respect both deserve. Thank you for allowing him to invite the world to your fantastic community.

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  • Well, the proof is in the photo. The overall is a great way to show the repair of the grounds, much better than one little muddy path.

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  • We are Gloucester residents who look forward to this weekend of racing and spectating every year. How fortunate we are to have world class athletic competition a short bike ride away! Did I mention it’s free? Going to Fenway Park is out of my price range, as is Gillette Stadium or the Garden. Cyclocross is one of my favorite sports, and I will do whatever I can to keep it here in my glorious Gloucester. Thanks Paul and thanks ECV. Thanks Joey for this post.

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  • I love the event, have attended each year, and find my self amazed that the track conditions are completely healed in just a few short weeks…every year. The GD Times photo of the resident standing in the middle of the track with the tear running down his cheek the next day was a bit much…

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