Kids Can Try Out A Pro Cycling Track On July 12

Kids ages 3 to 12 can see what it’s like to be a professional cyclist in downtown Port Coquitlam on July 12 during the PoCo Grand Prix, presented by Dominion Lending Centres.

Registration opens June 1 for the Kids’ Race – a free, fun and non-competitive event taking place on the same 1.3-kilometre loop track being used by professional riders that day. Continue reading “Kids Can Try Out A Pro Cycling Track On July 12”

Volunteer Spots Available For Poco Grand Prix

Volunteer positions are still available for people age 15 and up who want to be part of the action at the PoCo Grand Prix on July 12.

Presented by Dominion Lending Centres, the PoCo Grand Prix attracts thousands of people to downtown Port Coquitlam for a day of sport, entertainment, family activities and more. The event is part of BC Superweek, Canada’s largest professional road cycling series. Continue reading “Volunteer Spots Available For Poco Grand Prix”

Registration For BC Superweek 2019 Now Open

Cyclists Encouraged to Register for Canada’s Biggest Professional Road Cycling Series

Vancouver, BC – Organizers of BC Superweek are pleased to announce that online registration is officially open for the 2019 edition of the professional road cycling series. BC Superweek runs from July 5 – 14 and includes the Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development, PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres and the Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties.

“Year over year, BC Superweek continues to grow and is now one of the most recognized professional road race series in the world,” said Series Director Mark Ernsting.

BC Superweek features seven criteriums and two road races, one of which is UCI-sanctioned for both men and women. More than $140,000 in prize money and crowd primes is up for grabs during the week, while a crowd of more than 20,000 are expected for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix’s historic 46th anniversary on July 10.

This year also marks the sixth straight that BC Superweek will offer equal prize money to both the men’s and women’s finishers at all nine races, making the series one of the most lucrative professional cycling events on the continent.

“BC Superweek is one of the most fun and exciting weeks of racing in North America.  Any excuse to ride in BC is a good one (it’s a gorgeous part of Canada and the coffee scene is next level), but the series is the perfect chance to discover some great areas and do some high quality racing,” said Team Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank rider and Canadian National Team member Lex Albrecht.  “Plus, it’s rare to find an opportunity to race so many back-to-back races. That’s why for a team manager (or the independent rider going freestyle), BC Superweek is a good bang for the buck.  Every race has solid organization, the hospitality and warmth of the communities are off the charts, and the race organizers are all strong proponents of offering equal prize money to men and women. That’s important for all of us and I am always thrilled when my team sends me to BC Superweek.”

Riders attending BC Superweek can request host housing. All requests are managed on a first come, first served basis and assigned to homes based on community availability. Host housing requests are not guaranteed, and housing arrangements are not assigned until late-June.

“I’ve competed at BC Superweek the past five years and always look forward to the great competition, fun courses and excellent crowds. My favourite part though, is having a relaxing morning spin (coffee and pastry mandatory) before getting ready to race in the evening,” added X-Speed United Continental Team rider Ryan Roth, who is a two-time Canadian National Champion.

Online registration is available through the BC Superweek website, with early registration discounts in effect until Sunday, June 2.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 5 – 14 and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 5 – 7), New West Grand Prix (July 9), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 10), Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development (July 11), PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres (July 12), and Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties (July 13 – 14).

 

Contact: Brian Wiebe
Telephone: 604-916-8448
Email: brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
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Mark Your Calendar – Poco Grand Prix Is Back On July 12

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 12, when downtown Port Coquitlam will once again play host to world-class cyclists racing at up to 63 kilometres per hour and a free, family-friendly street festival.

In the past three years, the PoCo Grand Prix sponsored by Dominion Lending Centres has grown to become Port Coquitlam’s largest city-hosted event, attracting close to 10,000 people in 2018 over the day. Continue reading “Mark Your Calendar – Poco Grand Prix Is Back On July 12”

BC Superweek Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday, June 10

Vancouver, BC – 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.

“It is exciting to see the BC Superweek series grow, with all the major North American professional teams attending this year. We expect field limits to hit maximum capacity,” said Series Director Mark Ernsting.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and field limit caps for each race will be enforced. Teams and riders are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Tour de White Rock p/b Steve Nash Fitness World (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

Kids can try out a Pro Cycling Track on July 15

Port Coquitlam, BC – June 8, 2016… Kids ages 5 to 12 can see what it’s like to be a professional cyclist in downtown Port Coquitlam July 15 during the PoCo Grand Prix, presented by Dominion Lending Centres.
Spots are available for the Kids’ Race, a free, fun and non-competitive event taking place on the same 1.3-kilometre loop track being used by dozens of professional riders that day.

Over the years, the Kids’ Race has grown to become a highlight of BC Superweek, Canada’s largest professional road cycling series. Fans line the route to cheer on the young riders, each of whom receives a medal for participating.

Sponsored by Norco Bikes, the Kids’ Race will take place from 4:15-4:25 p.m. and will be divided into two heats, with ages 5 to 9 racing one lap and ages 10 to 12 racing two laps.

Registration is free at www.experienceit.ca (code #15284). Advance registration is recommended, although riders may register on race day if the event is not full. Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets. More information is posted at www.pocograndprix.ca.

The Kids’ Race will be part of an afternoon of sport, live entertainment, family activities and more July 15 in downtown Port Coquitlam, where thousands of spectators and riding enthusiasts are expected to gather.

Professional races are currently scheduled to begin at 12:20 p.m., followed by the Corporate Challenge for business teams at 2:15 p.m., the Kids’ Race at 4:15 p.m. and a Youth Race at 4:45 p.m. Feature pro races will start at 6 p.m., and awards will be handed out on the stage at 8:40 p.m. The schedule may change, so event-goers are encouraged to visit www.pocograndprix.ca closer to July 15.

Family friendly activities are also planned throughout the day. The free Kids’ Zone will run from 1-5:30 p.m. on McAllister Street and feature children’s entertainer Will Stroet of Will’s Jams, interactive stations, a photo booth, bike decorating and bike trials.

The fun continues with live entertainment throughout the day sponsored by Phoenix Truck and Crane Service, including an after party from 7:30 to 10:00 pm with live music by Groove & Tonic.
The event also includes a beer garden, a PoCo Grand Prix Expo tradeshow, and a VIP Experience tent for sponsors featuring prime viewing, complimentary food and beverages, viewing screens and more.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer positions are still available for people age 16 and up who want to be part of the action at the PoCo Grand Prix July 15. Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to help stage the event. Opportunities are available for people ages 16 and up in areas such as: athlete accommodation, racecourse fencing and signage, marshaling, event set up and take down, spectator engagement, VIP tent and beer garden, fundraising, first aid, the PoCo Grand Prix Expo (trade show), and pace vehicles. Register at www.portcoquitlam.ca/volunteer

Corporate Teams Can Race Like the Pros

Space is also still available for the PoCo Grand Prix Corporate Challenge. Participating corporate teams of four can compete in recreational or competitive races along the same 1.3-kilometre course as the pros. The Corporate Challenge will take place from 2-4:30 p.m., with businesses entering teams of four riders in either the recreational, competitive or women’s divisions.

All participants will receive a free cycling hat and socks, and be hosted in the exclusive Mahony & Sons VIP area featuring food, refreshments and prime viewing of the professional race. Registration is $1,000 per team plus tax, through www.experienceit.ca (registration number 15532).

More information about the event and opportunities to be involved can be found at www.pocograndprix.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533
Email purewalp@portcoquitlam.ca

Brian Wiebe
Media Relations Manager
BC Superweek
Tel 604.916.8448
Email brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca

BC Superweek Opens 2016 Registration

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.”

BC Superweek features six criteriums and two road races, one of which is UCI-sanctioned for both men and women. More than $125,000 in prize money and crowd primes is on the line for the week, while crowds of more than 20,000 are expected for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix’s 43rd anniversary on July 13th.

“BC Superweek ‎is the most fun series of racing in the world. It’s fast, thrilling, and just an overall fantastic experience,” said two-time US national criterium champion Shelley Olds of Cylance Pro Cycling. “Whether you are new to racing or a professional cyclist, you will enjoy the atmosphere that the local communities in BC create. I have met some amazing people from my time spent racing BC Superweek and kept in touch with them over the years. It’s the best and most exciting racing you can do in ten days!”

Olds put in a dominant performance at BC Superweek in 2015, appearing on the podium eight times, including four first place finishes.

“BC Superweek is a highlight of the season for many Canadians and riders from around North America. There are high caliber races suited to every type of rider, and it is a very well run and organized series,” added Vancouver’s Garrett McLeod of the H&R Block Pro Cycling Team. “I look forward to racing at BC Superweek every year, and it’s great seeing the events grow and become recognized as North America’s premier professional series of races.”

McLeod is a BC Superweek veteran who had three podium finishes last year, including a win at Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race.
Online registration is available on the BC Superweek website, with early registration discounts in effect until June 10th.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Tour de White Rock p/b Steve Nash Fitness World (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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Brian Wiebe
Media Relations
BC Superweek
brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
604-916-8448

2016 BC Superweek Youth Series

Large crowds and iconic courses welcome young racers for the 2nd year at BC Superweek Youth Series

Vancouver, BC (April 14, 2016) – BC road cycling fans will get an exciting look at Canada’s next generation of cycling stars when boys and girls aged 12-16 go head-to-head at the opening race of each BC Superweek criterium this year.

The BC Superweek Youth Series is a partnership between BC Superweek and Global Relay’s Bridge the Gap Fund, which coordinates the series. In addition to racing at the Tour de Delta Brenco Criterium, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development and the Choices Markets Criterium at Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock, boys (12-15) and girls (12-16) will also contest a special Escape Velocity Tuesday Night Criterium, along with BC Superweek’s newest event, the PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres.

In addition to giving up-and-coming racers a chance to compete in six races over eight days, the BC Superweek Youth Series will also give them a chance to test their bike handling skills at speed over the same iconic courses their heroes will race on later each evening in front of thousands of cheering race fans.  Plans are also underway to continue the tradition of a morning ride, where youth racers can ride with the pros competing in BC Superweek.

The format for the youth races remains the same in order make the racing as accessible as possible for youth racers and their families. Entry fees for the 20-minute races have been waived and the local youth cycling club EV/DEVO is offering to host out of town families. Registration for each youth race is limited to 50 riders.

Andrew Pinfold, Managing Director of the Bridge the Gap fund is excited for the 2nd Annual BC Superweek Youth Series stating, “Last year I had goosebumps every night watching the kids race their hearts out! I’m over the moon that we have been able to work again with the various BC Superweek organizers to put in place events that provide such a great showcase for the future of our sport. I can’t wait to see the kids on the start line at again at Delta, Gastown, Burnaby and White Rock and the inaugural PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres. This initiative aligns with the Global Relay Bridge the Gap mission to work upstream to foster high quality, sustainable development of cycling in Canada.”

“BC Superweek is pleased to continue to host the youth series,” says Race Director, Mark Ernsting. “It’s the perfect platform to get young riders excited about the sport, so they will embrace cycling as a lifelong activity. We are proud to support the development of these aspiring athletes, and we look forward to one day seeing them on the professional podium of our BC Superweek races.”

Events in BC Youth Superweek

July 9 – Tour de Delta Brenco Criterium

July 12 – Escape Velocity Tuesday Nighter Criterium (longer event: 30-40min)

July 13 – Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix Criterium

July 14 – Giro di Burnaby Criterium p/b Appia Development

July 15 – PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres

July 16 – Choices Markets Criterium at Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock

Race distances: Riders will race for approximately 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 2 laps). Boys and girls will race together, but will be scored separately.

Registration: Races are open to all riders, however, given the anticipated level of competition and speed of the events, it is recommended that participants have some racing experience. Field size will be limited to 50 riders total (boys and girls). Please click here to register.

Equipment: While not compulsory, a road bike is highly recommended. Bikes must to be in good working order. Any rider with a bike that is deemed by race officials to be unsafe (for example non-functional brakes), will not be allowed to participate. No aero bars, 16 spoke wheel minimum, 40mm max rim depth (no carbon wheels), roll out (7.93 meters, 52×14).

Cost: The entry is free for all races in the series.

Race Tech Guide: Details to be announced shortly.

To find out more about getting involved bike racing and for information on youth cycling programs in your area, please visit the Cycling BC Youth resource page.

About Bridge the Gap:

The Bridge the Gap fund was a created by Vancouver tech leader Global Relay in November 2012 with the support of current Canadian cycling professionals Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE), Will Routley (Rally Pro Cycling), Ryan Anderson (Direct Energie), and former pros Erinne Willock and Andrew Pinfold, who serve as the BTG’s board. The program addresses the gap in the development of up and coming Canadian cyclists (19 to 25), by providing access to the coaching, resources and equipment they need to reach their full potential. In addition, the board’s members play a key role in networking with US managers and coaches to secure spots on professional teams. For more information, visit www.grbridgethegap.com.

About BC Superweek:

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World Presents the Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

About Global Relay:

Global Relay is the leading provider of cloud-based electronic message archiving, supervision, and eDiscovery solutions for the global financial sector and other highly regulated industries. Global Relay is headquartered in Gastown, with offices in New York, Chicago, Raleigh, Halifax, London and Singapore. In 2012, Global Relay invested $1 million to bring back and operate the Gastown Grand Prix, Canada’s most prestigious criterium, which attracts some of North America’s top cyclists and crowds of 20,000 to the streets of historic Gastown in Vancouver each July, as part of BC Superweek. Also, in June 2014, Global Relay joined forces with Cycling Canada to grow cycling in Canada and help Canada become one of the world’s top cycling nations by 2020. The four-year $500,000 partnership is focused on sponsorship of the Canadian National Teams and the Canadian Road Cycling Championships. For more information, visitwww.globalrelay.com. For more information about the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, visit www.globalrelayggp.org

 

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Contact:
Andrew Pinfold
Managing Director
Global Relay Bridge the Gap Fund
778-839-5275