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

Dates Announced for 2016 BC Superweek Cycling Series

National and international professional cycling returns to Metro Vancouver from July 8 – 17, 2016 with BC Superweek. Featuring eight races over ten days in seven different communities, BC Superweek is comprised of five events overall.

The Tour de Delta kicks off BC Superweek by hosting three days of racing that consists of the very fast MK Delta Lands Criterium in the evening on Friday, July 8, the Brenco Criterium in the historic fishing village of Ladner on Saturday, July 9, and the White Spot | Delta UCI 1.2 Road Race on the morning of Sunday, July 10, in Tsawwassen.

Following Delta, on Wednesday, July 13, is the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, one of the most challenging and exhilarating cycling events in Canada.

On the night of Thursday, July 14, it’s the Giro di Burnaby Presented by Appia Development, a criterium course centered in the colourful Heights neighbourhood on Hastings Street.

The PoCo Grand Prix on Friday, July 15 is the newest addition to the BC Superweek series. The fast-paced criterium will see top cyclists speed through the downtown streets of Port Coquitlam.

BC Superweek comes to a conclusion with the Tour de White Rock, a two-day points series race that includes the Choices Markets Criterium on the evening of Saturday, July 16 and one of the more challenging road race courses in North America – the Peace Arch News Road Race – on the morning of Sunday, July 17.

“We are pleased to officially announce the 2016 race dates for BC Superweek,” said Race Director Mark Ernsting. “Over the next number of months, we look forward to unveiling additional details that will further enhance BC Superweek as one of North America’s top series of professional cycling races.”

With between 5,000 and 30,000 spectators in attendance at each event and more than $125,000 in cash prizes for participants, BC Superweek is the cycling event to attend each year.

Some of the most competitive teams in national and international cycling have already committed to attending the series this summer. All races are free to watch.

The list of cycling stars who have raced at BC Superweek includes the likes of Tyler Farrar, Chris Horner, Alex Stieda, Davis Phinney, Svein Tuft, Brian Walton, Christian Meier on the men’s side, and Leah Kirchmann, Shelley Olds, Alison Sydor, Denise Ramsden, Leslie Tomlinson and Marianne Berglund on the women’s side.

If you’re a cyclist or team and would like to participate in BC Superweek, please contact Mark Ernsting at 604-760-7373 or ernsting@m1sportsmanagement.com.

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 Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

New Friday Date Expected To Raise Profile of PoCo Grand Prix

News that the PoCo Grand Prix cycling race will be held Friday July 15 is being touted as a major boost for the new event.

Port Coquitlam was selected last fall as one of the sites for BC Superweek, Canada’s largest professional road cycling series, which takes place each July in five Metro Vancouver cities. The PoCo Grand Prix was originally scheduled to be held on a Tuesday in downtown Port Coquitlam. As a result of joint efforts between the City and BC Superweek to enhance the series, the date has been moved to Friday.

“It’s wonderful news and it’s coming at a great time, because we’re gearing up now to get sponsors, volunteers and the entire community involved in the PoCo Grand Prix,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore. “We expect the Friday date to help attract more spectators to our event, and we’re hoping visitors will stick around for the weekend following this free, fun event to find out what else Port Coquitlam has to offer. We couldn’t be happier.”

With this schedule change, BC Superweek will run July 8 to 17 with the following lineup: Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Appia Presents Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix and Beverley by Cressey Presents Tour de White Rock.

BC Superweek has a considerable following, and thousands of people are expected to gather in Port Coquitlam to watch top international cyclists race through the downtown streets. The criterium-style race will feature a mass start on a 1.3-kilometre circuit that cyclists will navigate for 40-65 laps. Approximately 200 male and female professional cyclists will whiz by about every minute, making for an exciting spectator experience.

The day will also include a kids’ race, youth race, Corporate Challenge races, live entertainment, a Kids’ Zone, beer garden, VIP tent and other activities.

“BC Superweek is committed to hosting the best series of professional cycling events in North America,” said Race Director Mark Ernsting. “The goal is to provide a first class experience to the athletes, sponsors and communities that host this series. We feel with this new schedule that it will allow us to provide an enhanced experience as the series continues to evolve and grow.”

Opportunities to get involved

Planning for the event is now in full swing, including soliciting corporate sponsorship and signing up approximately 200 volunteers. The community will also be invited to register for the Youth Race, Kids’ Race and Corporate Challenge in the weeks to come.

Volunteers will be needed both before and on July 15 for tasks related to athlete accommodation, racecourse fencing, signage, marshaling, VIP tent, beer garden, fundraising, first aid, PoCo Grand Prix Expo (trade show), pace vehicles, event set and take down and other areas. Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/volunteer for information and online registration.

“We’re going to be relying heavily on volunteers to make the PoCo Grand Prix a success,” said Cllr. Darrell Penner, who chairs the city’s Healthy Community Committee. “It’s a great opportunity to do your part to help showcase Port Coquitlam, while also being involved at the ground level in hosting this exciting event.”

Sponsorship is available at all levels to enable businesses of all sizes to participate. Opportunities range from display space in the PoCo Grand Prix Expo to exclusive naming rights – including the chance to be the event’s presenting sponsor for one or more years. Based on the sponsorship level, rewards may include advance promotions, on-site signage and banners, display space, PA announcements, private viewing space, and passes to the VIP tent featuring prime viewing, complimentary food and beverages, viewing screens and more.

Event and sponsorship information is available at www.pocograndprix.ca. Questions may be directed to grandprix@portcoquitlam.ca or to Lori Bowie at 604-927-7907.