What’s great about turning 75?

In 2018, the Tour of Somerville will be celebrating a birthday — 75 years old and still going strong. As the oldest bike race in the country, the Tour of Somerville has had many of the best cyclists in the world compete in this Memorial Day classic. Cyclists covet the title of “winner” of the Tour of Somerville. Last year was no exception, as Noah Granigan, a professional cyclist from New Jersey, won the featured 50-mile men’s event. Even more exciting, Noah is the grandson of Joe Saling, the long-time announcer for the Tour and local cyclist who has amassed more than 20 national cycling titles and was recently inducted in the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame.

Joe has been racing more than 50 years and ran the local bike shop he purchased from Pop Kugler, the organizer of the very first Tour of Somerville in 1940. Currently entering its 75th year and named for Pop’s son, Furman, who won the first two races (along with fellow tour winner Carl Anderson), the Kugler-Anderson Tour of Somerville is a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. Both Furman and Carl gave their lives in World War II after winning the first three races held in 1940, 1941, and 1942. Suspended for four years during the war, the race was reinstated by Pop in 1947 and was shortly thereafter named after both Furman and Carl.

Now, 75 years later, with 2018 right around the corner, the planning committee has been working hard to make 2018 a special year, introducing new activities to the weekend events. We aren’t quite ready to announce everything yet, but look to our website come January and hear what is in store for the new year. One thing not new is our returning title sponsor, Unity Bank, which guarantees the continuation of the race for years to come. Additionally, along with the new surprises being planned, we are looking for the community to support us both as sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Tour of Somerville, please contact Mike Malekoff at mike@tourofsomerville.org.

Get ready for a big year, our 75th, to see the best in bike racing. Maybe you’ve never been to the Tour or, alternatively, it may be a long-standing tradition for you to attend the races. Either way, 2018 will be our biggest and best Tour yet. We hope you will join us as we celebrate our 75th birthday and, on Memorial Day, those who served our country in the military.

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