Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mitchell of Anchorage, Alaska, said she doesn't know of anyone who traveled farther than her to compete in the East Tosa Gran Prix bike race June 26.

'It was really nice,' Mitchell said of the bike route in Wauwatosa, which served as the last stop on a series of amateur and professional races in the Tour of America's Dairyland. Mitchell said the Wauwatosa course was relatively flat compared to the hills she normally climbs during training.

'It was a great location,' she said, speaking on a cellphone as she drove southeast toward Louisville, Kentucky, for another bike race. Mitchell said she flew with her bicycle from Alaska after removing the wheels and wrapping the parts. She'll head to California for another race in the coming days, too.

Mitchell, who said she finished 'middle of the pack' in a junior race at the Gran Prix, enjoyed lunch with family at North Avenue Grill afterward.

Sunday's event drew thousands of people from across the greater Milwaukee area. Bike enthusiasts purchased food and drinks from area businesses like Cranky Al's and Bel Air Cantina, which each operated stands outdoors.

The Nobleman Barber Shop, 6831 W. North Ave., pulled a chair outside on the sidewalk and gave haircuts alfresco to event-goers.

Gov. Scott Walker was spotted at last year's race enjoying the scenes with friends merely days before announcing his presidential run.

Among those in the crowd this year was Waukesha resident Cole Braun, who in past years has worked in merchandise for the East Tosa Gran Prix.

'This is a great place to end the series,' said Braun, a fan of biking and a triathlete.

The 10-day event made stops in other surrounding communities, including East Troy, Grafton, Waukesha, West Bend, Milwaukee, Port Washington, Shorewood and Bay View.

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