The fastest week in Canadian cycling begins this Friday, July 8th, as BC Superweek gets underway with the Tour de Delta’s MK Delta Lands Criterium – the first of eight races over ten days. With $125,000 in prize money on the line and some of the top Canadian cyclists and professional American teams registered to participate, the racing figures to be fast-paced and exciting from start to finish. Below is a list of the top riders coming into BC Superweek, though if history has taught us anything, it’s to never count out top local riders. Many of them now on this list are returning pros after catching the eye of team directors at past races.
Ask any cyclist and they’ll tell you there’s something special about riding in a smaller community, whether it’s the final stage of the Tour de France which starts in Chateau de Chantilly with a population 11,000, or heading for a weekend ride in a remote area. It’s just one reason why the excitement continues to build for the inaugural PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres. Port Coquitlam is known for its small town charm, quaint historic downtown, and big city connections. It’s the eclectic mix that lends itself so well to the fast racing criterium that will rip through downtown PoCo on July 15. And it’s an event that’s possible due to the strong community support from City Hall and local businesses.
In just two weeks, more than 200 professional cyclists from every corner of North America and around the world will converge on the Lower Mainland for BC Superweek, which begins with the $25,000 Tour de Delta. “The collaboration between the Corporation of Delta, local businesses and community members with the Tour de Delta continues to grow year after year. It is wonderful to see how incredibly welcoming the community of Delta is to all the teams and riders,” expressed BC Superweek Series Director Mark Ernsting.
The early bird deadline for the 2016 edition of the BC Superweek cycling series is fast approaching with any teams and riders encouraged to register prior to this Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST. Teams and riders who register before the early bird deadline will receive a reduced registration fee. In addition, teams may register a team of six riders for all eight BC Superweek events for only $1800 or a team of eight riders for $2000.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, PC, QC, MP for Delta and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced at a news conference today the awarding of a $50,000 Hosting Grant from Sport Canada to the Tour de Delta, which includes the UCI 1.2 White Spot | Delta Road Race. “This race, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, is a big deal for cycling—and a big deal for sport in Delta, in British Columbia and in Canada,” said Minister Qualtrough. “I know from personal experience how sport, through events such as this race, can help foster more active and inclusive communities. Many thanks and best of luck to the athletes, coaches, officials and race organizers, and especially to the local volunteers, whose contributions will ensure a very successful event.”
After reviving the Gastown Grand Prix with a five-year, million-dollar commitment in 2012 and transforming it into the richest criterium in North America – and the only one in Canada with official international UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) status – Global Relay is pleased to announce that it is renewing its title sponsorship of the race for an additional five years from 2017 to 2021.
In recognition of its high-calibre racing, its ability to attract strong international fields, and its stature on the Canadian racing calendar, the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix has been granted official UCI status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for the sport of cycling recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is the second BC Superweek race and the only criterium in Canada to receive this prestigious international designation.
Vancouver, BC - BC Superweek is pleased to announce that online registration is officially open for this year’s series, which includes the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development, PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres, and Tour de White Rock p/b Steve Nash Fitness World. Men’s races are for Pro 1/2 riders and women’s races are open to Pro 1/2/3 categories. “BC Superweek continues to grow as one of North America's most recognized professional road race series’ and we are already receiving a lot of interest from teams and riders from around the world,” said Race Director Mark Ernsting. “We expect to have as strong of a field as we’ve ever had.”