Join Us! Jan. 18 | 6:30 pm – PoCo Grand Prix Biz Info Session

After a successful inaugural event that attracted 5,000+ people, the PoCo Grand Prix returns on Friday July 14, 2017. 

The City of Port Coquitlam wants to ensure local businesses have every opportunity to take advantage of this world-class event taking place on our doorstep.

All Port Coquitlam businesses are invited to join us Jan 18 to:

  • Discuss concerns and the results of the 2016 post-event business survey
  • Help the City understand how it can better support local businesses for the 2017 event
  • Get ideas on how your business can benefit and get more involved in 2017
  • Hear from Race Director Mark Ernsting and from other businesses about their experiences

3 ways to prepare for the 2017 PoCo Grand Prix

  Attend the Biz Info Session on January 18 at the Gathering Place – 220-2253 Leigh Square – to learn how to maximize the opportunity. RSVP grandprix@portcoquitlam.ca

 Think about ways to market to event-goers, e.g. samples, coupons, ads, sponsorship

  Alert customers and suppliers well in advance about any changes to access or hours

Be in Town July 14 for the 2017 PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – Next year’s PoCo Grand Prix­ presented by Dominion Lending Centres has been confirmed for Friday July 14, kicking off the planning for what is expected to be one of Port Coquitlam’s premier events in 2017.

This year’s inaugural event on July 15 attracted more than 5,000 spectators to downtown Port Coquitlam for a day of professional cycling, live entertainment and free family activities. As part of BC Superweek – Canada’s largest professional road cycling series – the PoCo Grand Prix will be one of five events taking place throughout Metro Vancouver from July 7 to 16 in 2017.

“The PoCo Grand Prix was a fantastic showcase for our city, not to mention our great businesses and community spirit,” Mayor Greg Moore said. “In the coming months, we’ll be working closely with our businesses and residents to build on the successes of 2016 and ensure an even better experience for everyone in 2017 and the years to come.”

Highlights from last year’s event include:

  • More than 5,000 spectators, plus 2,500 who streamed the event live,
  • More than 250 riders, who provided positive feedback both about the event and the 1.3-kilometre street course (considered to be challenging and fast),
  • More than 200 individual volunteers and community groups, filling more than 300 volunteer roles,
  • Twenty-six sponsors, with strong support from local and regional businesses,
  • A five-year commitment from presenting sponsor Dominion Lending Centres,
  • Twenty-nine Grand Prix Expo vendors,
  • Twenty-two teams of four in the Corporate Challenge relay,
  • More than 200 entries in the Kids’ Race, and
  • High public attendance for event-day activities such as the Kids’ Zone, children’s entertainment, beer garden and live entertainment stage.

“We’re spreading the news now about next year’s July 14 date to make sure people plan for it when booking their summer holidays,” said Cllr. Darrell Penner, chair of the city’s Health Community Committee. “This is a world-class event that takes place right in our community, and you don’t want to miss it.”

BC Superweek Race Director Mark Ernsting said the 2016 PoCo Grand Prix exceeded all expectations in its inaugural year.

“We were thrilled with the course, the spectator attendance, the rider feedback, and the support from sponsors and the community,” Ernsting said. “We’re confident the 2017 event will be even better.”

Earlier this fall, city staff completed a thorough review of the 2016 event and identified ways to improve for next year. For example, the city has already started working with the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association and downtown businesses to find ways to reduce the impact and increase their involvement and benefit. Businesses are invited to learn more at an Open House on January 18 at 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gathering Place, 220-2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam.

The city will also work to maximize the event’s revenue generation opportunities, through increased advertising, expanded sponsorship and other methods.

Due to increased interest from sponsors for next year, an even wider range of sponsorship and participation opportunities will be available for businesses for 2017. These include exclusive naming rights, business team entries in the Corporate Challenge relay, both cash and in-kind contributions, the Grand Prix Expo tradeshow, and various other opportunities designed to enable businesses of all size to be involved.

Based on the sponsorship level, rewards may include advance promotions, on-site signage and banners, display space, PA announcements and private viewing space. A major highlight for last year’s sponsors was admission to the exclusive track-side VIP experience, which features free food and beverages all day, prime viewing near the start/finish line, viewing screens and a social setting to network with other business and community leaders.

Sponsorship questions may be directed to grandprix@portcoquitlam.ca or to Graham Danziger at 604-927-5218.

Volunteers will again play a significant role in the 2016 PoCo Grand Prix, and many of last year’s volunteers have pledged to return in 2017 based on their positive experience. Volunteer registrations for next year’s event have already begun through www.pocograndprix.ca/volunteer, and questions may be directed to volunteer@portcoquitlam.ca or to Rob Loxterkamp at 604-927-7953.

Event, volunteer and sponsorship information can be found at www.pocograndprix.ca.

Eight Time U.S. National Champion Justin Williams wins inaugural PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – In front of a raucous crowd excited about professional cycling coming to its city, American Justin Williams, riding for Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale, streaked across the finish line to make history as the first winner of the $15,000 PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres.

Williams, who is an eight time U.S. National Champion including the 2008 U23 Criterium title, sprinted just ahead of Aussies Michael Rice from Garneau-Quebecor and Subaru NSWIS & MS rider Scott Law to claim the $2,200 first prize. With the 1.3 kilometre course being new to all riders, it didn’t take long before the pros figured it out, pinpointing the corner of Elgin Avenue and Shaughnessy Street as one to watch.

“We knew it was a race to the corner and Scott, who has been phenomenal over the last month, went in front of me and said, ‘You know what, let’s go!’,” said Williams. “We trusted each other into the corners, I went around Scott a little before that final corner and I knew I had to win that one. I’m a little bit faster in corners, so I decided to take the front and it worked out.”

With the second place finish, Rice now has three podium appearances at BC Superweek this year after also being third at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix on Wednesday as well as last Saturday’s Brenco Criterium.

“I’m slowly climbing up the steps and there’s one more to go. The last few laps were pretty crazy, we all knew it was going to be a race to that last corner as we saw with the women, and the Garneau-Quebecor guys looked after me all race. The last lap was up to me and Justin was just a bit too strong a racer after that left hander (corner),” said the 20 year old native of Ainslie, Australia, who was the 2013 U19 Australian Road Race Champion.

With his Cylance team riding well so far during BC Superweek, including his own second place finish at last Saturday’s Brenco Criterium, Williams noted that they had to adjust the way they were riding heading into the Port Coquitlam race.

“We started off just grabbing the races by the neck and just riding from the beginning on some of the tighter courses, but then we think it started to get a bit predictable so we decided to change it up and put guys in moves, bring really important moves back and then hope it comes down to a field sprint and then take the front a little bit later. It worked to perfection today,” he said.

For a while during the race, it looked like Law’s teammate Ayden Toovey would take the win after going away off the front, but despite falling back into the peloton and ultimately finishing 87th, the 20 year old played a big role in his Subaru NSWIS & MS team making it onto the podium.

“It worked really well for us, Ayden did an awesome job, he’s a strong little boy and he definitely gives us a good run for our money out on the road, but it was awesome to see and all the boys rode awesome, I can’t thank them enough,” said Law. “We only had four of us in the race, and when you’re going up against the likes of Silber and Rally, and six man teams, it’s pretty hard to compete. We just had a game plan to go out there and be aggressive, have a bit of fun with it.”

Fun was the name of the game for all involved in the first ever edition of the PoCo Grand Prix, with the community attending in droves and cheering on all the riders in an event that appears to have won a place in the hearts of all in Port Coquitlam.

2009 Australian Junior Female Road Cyclist of the Year Kendelle Hodges Wins Women’s Race

Port Coquitlam, BC – The BC Superweek Aussie domination continued on the women’s side as well at the inaugural PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres as riders from Down Under took two of the top three spots on the podium for the second time in three races.

In the end, it was independent rider Kendelle Hodges from Melbourne building on her third place finish at Wednesday’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix to take the win in Port Coquitlam, sprinting ahead of countrywoman Kimberley Wells (Colavia | Bianchi) and Team Canada rider Alison Jackson.

“I knew whoever was first around that corner was going to win today, I went for a couple of early primes, I didn’t want to go for any later ones and it worked every time,’ said Hodges. “The sprint was really to that corner, so we went early and Kimberley went to come around me and I knew I had to beat her around there so I did and it worked out well.”

Wells won the Giro di Burnaby on Thursday night and now has three straight BC Superweek podium appearances after also being second at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The 30 year old recognized the tactics of both Hodges and Jackson on the final lap.

“I didn’t get the timing right today, I knew that Kendelle was working with Alison, so I was very aware of that. They were playing 1-2 along the back straight so I was forced to the front and had to control Alison and then Kendelle jumped the inside,” the two time Australian National Criterium Champion explained. “It’s only a hundred metres from the final corner to the finish so pretty much however you see the people coming through the final corner is how they’re going to end up by the finish line, so I knew 150 metres out that I hadn’t quite done that one right.”

Hodges rides for the High5 Dream Team in Australia, but is on her own without a team at BC Superweek yet acquitting herself quite well. She used her previous experience riding with Wells in her favour on the final lap.

“Kimberley is one of the top Aussie sprinters, we’ve been on a team before back home so I knew her riding style and I knew when she was going to go so that kind of helped. It wasn’t just purely the sprint, it was getting to that corner first today,” said the 24 year old Hodges.

For Jackson, who’s an alternate for the Canadian Olympic Cycling team competing next month in Rio, it’s the third time she’s been third at a BC Superweek race this year, also achieving the placing at the White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday and at the Giro di Burnaby on Thursday. When it came to the final lap of the PoCo Grand Prix on Friday, the former triathlete just ran out of gas.

“The last lap is always a lot more fighting, it’s faster, and I knew I had to be first out of the final corner. My opportunity came a couple of corners earlier, I went for it and I’m still happy with the third,” said the 27 year old former Abbotsford resident who now makes her home in Vermillion, Alberta.

And when it comes to being an Olympic alternate, it’s something Jackson couldn’t have fathomed when she started her career.

“I didn’t get my first bike until I was 19, and actually BC Superweek was the first set of races – two years ago – that I came to, tried to race against the pros and see how I did, and ended up winning some races, got a pro contract, and now just two Superweeks after, I’m on the Olympic team,” she said with a proud smile.

BC Superweek continues Saturday night with Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock Choices Markets Criterium. inaugural PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres. The youth race starts at 4 pm, the pro women at 5:30 pm, and the pro men at 6:30 pm.

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 Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

BC Superweek Event Leaders Receive Awards of Recognition

Vancouver, BC – Civic and business leaders from the five communities hosting BC Superweek races were recognized by Cycling Canada and Cycling BC on Thursday for their support, commitment, and dedication to the development of cycling.

Tour de Delta Chairman Cal Traversy, Global Relay founder and CEO Warren Roy, City of Burnaby Councillor Pietro Calendino, City of Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, and City of White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin received special awards from BC Superweek Series Director Mark Ernsting, Cycling Canada President John Tolkamp, and Cycling BC Executive Director Jim Richards at a news conference launching this year’s BC Superweek cycling series.

“We, along with Cycling Canada and Cycling BC, felt the need to recognize the leaders of each event, because without the support of local government and businesses in each race community, BC Superweek wouldn’t have reached the heights it has,” said Ernsting.

In addition to thousands of hours of community resources, civic and business leaders for the BC Superweek events have invested financial resources to the tune of more than $8,000,000 over the last sixteen years.

“The vision of these community leaders has been integral to the growth of cycling in BC and Canada since the launch of BC Superweek,” said Tolkamp. “In fact, of the 19 cyclists named to the Canadian Cycling Team for the Rio Olympics next month, seven of them have raced the events at 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 p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock (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

Volunteer Spots Still Available for PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – July 6, 2016… 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.

Presented by Dominion Lending Centres, the PoCo Grand Prix will attract 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.

Along with professional races along a 1.3-kilometre circuit, the day will include races for kids and youth, Corporate Challenge races, live entertainment, a Kids’ Zone, beer garden, VIP experience and other activities.

Approximately 200 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.

In particular, volunteers are needed for:

• Traffic / Parking Control – coordinate traffic and supervise designated parking lots for riders (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 1 – 6 p.m. or 5:30 – 11 p.m.).

• Entertainment Support – assist with set up and take down of entertainer’s equipment and ensure equipment is kept in a secure location. (11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. or 5:15 – 11 p.m.).

• Kids Race – assist with participant check in and direct riders to the start of race and following race (3:15 – 5:15 p.m.).

• Kids Zone –assist with the set up and take down of area and supervising interactive bike circuits.

• Take Down of Course and Signage – remove fencing and signage from the course (8:30 – 11 p.m.).

• Hosting an out of town cyclist or team – Host families are needed to provide cyclist(s) a place to sleep or shower and a safe storage place for their bike from July 8 to 17.

PoCo Grand Prix volunteers must apply through the City of Port Coquitlam’s volunteer registration process. More information and a registration link can be found at www.pocograndprix.ca/volunteer.

More information about the PoCo Grand Prix, including opportunities to sign up for the Kids’ Race or Corporate Challenge, can be found at www.pocograndprix.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

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

2016 BC Superweek Riders To Watch

Vancouver, BC – 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.

MEN’S FIELD

Chris Horner
Lupus Racing Team

Horner is a marquee rider on the men’s side at BC Superweek. The Bend, Oregon resident is a seven-time participant at the Tour de France and finished ninth overall in 2010. He’s a four-time Vuelta a España participant and was the overall winner in 2013. The 44-year-old has more than 70 career victories, is a four-time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Champion, and represented the U.S. in the men’s individual road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Horner is also no stranger to BC Superweek, as he won the Peace Arch News Road Race at the Tour de White Rock in his first visit to the series in 2008.

Will Routley
Rally Pro Cycling

A resident of Abbotsford, this is Routley’s 16th season on the professional cycling circuit and first with Rally Pro Cycling. He finished third at the 2016 Canadian National Road Race Championships after coming fifth in 2013 and second in 2011. Outside of the Canadian Nationals, the 33-year-old’s best performance this year came at the GP Liberty Seguros in Portugal in March, where he was first in Stage 2 and second in the General Classification. Routley made it onto the podium twice at BC Superweek last year, with third place finishes at the Tour de Delta MK Delta Lands Criterium and Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.

Ryan Roth
Silber Pro Cycling

Coming off a Canadian National Time Trial title just over a week ago, Roth is no stranger to the podium at BC Superweek. The 32-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario has no fewer than six top ten finishes this year, including a win at the Winston Salem Cycling Classic. He was also first in the General Classification at the Grand Prix de Saguenay last month. Roth won the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2015 and has more than 22 career UCI podium finishes in the last nine years. He’s gunning for a third straight win this year at the MK Delta Lands criterium to open BC Superweek.

Ed Veal
RealDeal/D’Ornellas p/b Garneau

A latecomer to the pro cycling scene, Veal, whose nickname is “Real Deal”, only started road racing in 2006 at the age of 29. The Queensville, Ontario resident represented Canada in the Men’s 4km Team Pursuit at the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games, winning bronze. On April 10, 2015, Veal set the Canadian “Hour Record” at the Milton Velodrome, covering 47.59 kilometres in 60 minutes. In 2011, the 39-year-old attended the Para Pan-Am Games where he rode tandem as the guide for Daniel Chalifour in visually impaired events and won a gold, a silver, and two bronze medals.

Steve Fisher
Canyon Bicycles – Shimano

BC Superweek is almost a hometown series for the Bellingham, Washington native, who’s made the trip up I-5 for a number of years to ride the streets of the Lower Mainland. Fisher won the White Spot | Delta Road Race in 2012 and 2013, when it became the first ever UCI-sanctioned race in British Columbia. The 26-year-old, who’s in his first year with Canyon Bicycles – Shimano, was also fifth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix last year. In addition to professional road racing, Fisher is active in cyclocross, and finished third at such an event in Surrey back in 2012.

Kris Dahl
Silber Pro Cycling

The 23-year-old from Calgary has been racing competitively for the past seven years. He has three top ten finishes so far this year, including third in Stage 4 of the Tour de Gila in Silver City, New Mexico in May, earning valuable UCI points in the process. He was first in the U23 Canadian National Championships Individual Time Trial and second in the Road Race in 2014 and was the 2012 Alberta Provincial Road Champion. Dahl made two podium appearances at BC Superweek last year, finishing 2nd at both the UBC Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

Willie Myers
Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature’s Bakery

Myers started riding a fixed-gear bike at the age of 18 to help him rehab from a pelvis injury and racing didn’t cross his mind until a co-worker convinced him to register for a local criterium, which he won. Myers won eight races in 2015 plus the California Cup, which is a series of seven races in Northern California. He also claimed the 2015 California state championship. The 27-year-old and his Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature’s Bakery team pushed teammate Chris Harland-Dunaway to a fifth place finish at the Peace Arch News Tour de White Rock Road Race last year.

WOMEN’S FIELD

Denise Ramsden
Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes

Ramsden wowed the crowd of over 20,000 at last year’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix when she lapped the field en route to a dominant win and a $12,000 paycheque. One of Canada’s most decorated cyclists and 2012 Canadian National Road Race Champion, the Hay River, Northwest Territories native was also a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic team at the London Games, competing in the Road Race and Individual Time Trials. In addition to winning Gastown, the 25-year-old was first at the MK Delta Lands Criterium and sixth in the Giro di Burnaby and White Spot | Delta Road Race last year.

Annie Foreman-Mackey
The Cyclery – Opus

The 25-year-old from Kingston, Ontario is having a pretty good 2016 so far. She is coming off a Canadian National Road Race title last month, was fifth in the Canadian National Time Trial championships, and won bronze in the women’s individual pursuit at the UCI track cycling world championship in March. Foreman-Mackey, who has a competitive swimming background, was second at last year’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and took bronze in the 3,000-metre individual pursuit at the 2015 track cycling Pan Am Championships in Chile.

Morgan Cabot
Glotman Simpson Cycling

Cabot, who’s from Vancouver, is the 2015 and 2016 Elite BC Time Trial Champion and the 2016 General Classification winner at the Tour de Bloom near Wenatchee, Washington. She also finished third at the Cheemo Perogies Cycling Classic in Victoria last month. A data analyst by trade and a huge fan of hill climbs, the 28-year-old had a total of nine wins in 2015 and has 26 podium finishes in her career in a variety of disciplines – cyclocross, gravel, hill climbs and criteriums. She won the White Spot | Delta Road Race in 2012.

Leah Guloien
Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes

A native of Port Moody, Guloien has been a competitive road cyclist for the past nine years, and riding a bike for more than 12 years. The 34-year-old won the BC Provincial Criterium Championships and was second at the BC Provincial Road Championships last year. She has also raced at the women’s version of the Tour de France, was third at the Giro di Burnaby and eighth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2013, and third at the 2014 Canadian National Road Championships. Guloien has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and an Active Health and Fitness Certificate from Simon Fraser University.

Alison Jackson
Twenty16 RideBiker

Jackson is coming off a sixth place finish at the Canadian Road National Championships last month. A multisport athlete who is also adept in cross-country running, Jackson was the 2015 Canadian National Criterium Champion.The Abbotsford resident had four top ten finishes at BC Superweek last year, including second place at the Tour de White Rock Choices Markets Criterium. She was also third in the Tour de White Rock overall omnium. In March 2014, Jackson raced in the world university cross country championships, helping Canada win a bronze medal in the team competition.

Tina Pic
The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling

Don’t let Pic’s age fool you, the cycling veteran can give riders half her age a run for their money. The 50-year-old is a six time U.S. National Criterium Champion (2002-05, 2007, 2009). Originally planning to be a surgeon, Pic was pre-med at the University of Georgia when she started to win road races, and more than 20 years later, she’s won a lot and is a four time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Points Champion (2000, 2004-06). The Utah resident had four top ten finishes at BC Superweek in 2015, including fourth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

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 Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock (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

Excitement Builds for Inaugural PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – 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.

“We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of this premier racing event in Port Coquitlam,” said Gary Mauris, President and CEO of Dominion Lending Centres. “Being actively involved in our community is one of things we hold dear at Dominion Lending Centres and are looking forward to being part of this exciting event in two weeks.”

Dominion Lending Centres, Norco Bicycles, Phoenix Truck & Crane, TELUS, and Cap’s Westwood Cycle along with a number of other local businesses, are all integral in bringing the race to Port Coquitlam.

“We liken the PoCo Grand Prix to the small villages in France that, once they find out the Tour de France is coming through their village, go all out to bring the community to the party. Westwood Cycle strongly supports all cycling initiatives in our community,” said Cap’s Westwood Cycle owner Kelly Hobbis. “What we hear from our customers at all of our locations is true excitement that they don’t have to travel far to see this level of cycling, that they have the opportunity to be involved as a volunteer or racing in a corporate team, and that it is an event for the whole family.”

Part of the small town charm for an event like the PoCo Grand Prix is the fact that almost every facet of the community is helping to spread the word. It serves as an immense source of pride for residents of Port Coquitlam and the surrounding area. Among those disseminating that pride is Phoenix Truck & Crane in neighbouring Coquitlam.

“Our involvement in local activities allows us to meet and discuss with peers, neighbors, residents, and businesses the excitement of July 15th. We encourage everyone to come out and share in the remarkable PoCo Grand Prix entertainment program. We have post card sized hand-outs that we have distributed throughout the Lower Mainland, we’re very excited and proud to be part of this inaugural event,” explained Phoenix Truck & Crane General Manager Lora Covinha.

Since the announcement was made last November about the PoCo Grand Prix joining BC Superweek, it’s been evident the Tri-Cities of Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody have embraced the event from the get-go.

“We’re proud to have our roots here in Port Coquitlam, it’s a wonderful community filled with parks, trails and families,” added Chris Cook, Marketing Manager for Norco Bicycles. “We’ve been actively involved in competitive road cycling in Canada since the 1970’s, and a supporter of BC Superweek since its inception – we couldn’t be more excited to see a prestigious grand prix event come to Port Coquitlam – many of the very best cyclists in North America will be pushing their limits right here in downtown PoCo.”

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Port Coquitlam on July 15th from noon to 11 p.m. to watch top international cyclists race through the streets, and enjoy:

• Professional and amateur cycling races and awards from 12:20-9 p.m.
• Live entertainment from 1-11 p.m. at the Leigh Square Stage sponsored by Phoenix Truck and Crane
• The Kids’ Zone from 1-5:30 p.m. sponsored by Norco Bicycles
• Kids performers from 1-5 p.m. including Will Stroet, sponsored by Phoenix Truck and Crane
• Beer garden from 3-10 p.m.
• VIP Experience from 3-9 p.m. for sponsors. Sponsored by Mahony and Sons.

The enthusiasm and relaxed, genuine characteristics of Port Coquitlam and its residents are sure to leave an indelible mark on the professional cyclists coming from all corners of the world to ride in the PoCo Grand Prix, the first edition of many to come.

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 Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications
City of Port Coquitlam
purewalp@portcoquitlam.ca
604-927-5335

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

Be In Downtown Port Coquitlam July 15th for PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – June 22, 2016… Sports fans, families and festival-lovers will want to be in downtown Port Coquitlam on Friday, July 15 for a day of professional cycling, live entertainment, free family activities and more.

In less than a month, the streets of downtown Port Coquitlam will be transformed into a professional cycling track and pedestrian zone as the city hosts the first PoCo Grand Prix, presented by Dominion Lending Centres. The event is part of BC Superweek, Canada’s largest professional road cycling series.

“It’s been wonderful to see how our residents and businesses have embraced this new event,” Mayor Greg Moore said. “The PoCo Grand Prix will be a great showcase for our city, and we’re looking forward to welcoming both visitors and residents to downtown Port Coquitlam.”

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Port Coquitlam July 15 from noon to 11 p.m. to watch top international cyclists race through the streets, and enjoy:

  • Professional and amateur cycling races and awards from 12:20-9 p.m.
  • Live entertainment from 1-11 p.m. at the Leigh Square Stage sponsored by Phoenix Truck and Crane
  • The Kids’ Zone from 1-5:30 p.m. sponsored by Norco Bicycles
  • Kids performers from 1-5 p.m. including Will Stroet, sponsored by Phoenix Truck and Crane
  • PoCo Grand Prix Expo trade show from 1-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Port Coquitlam Business
  • Improvement Association
  • Beer garden from 3-10 p.m.
  • VIP Experience from 3-9 p.m. for sponsors, featuring prime viewing, complimentary food and beverages, seating, viewing screens and more. Sponsored by Mahoney and Sons.

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 exhilarating spectator experience.

Excitement will also be generated by “primes” – intermediate sprints that take place during a pause in a race and offer the cyclists either extra points or a cash prize. Primes (pronounced preems) are sponsored by businesses or by crowd fundraising.

“Speaking with the athletes, they all are looking forward to this exciting new event,” said BC Superweek Race Director Mark Ernsting. “We will be hosting riders from around the world and expect that over 10 different nationalities will be attending.”

The track will also be used by the Norco Kids’ Race for children ages 5-12 (free to sign up), a youth race, and the TELUS Corporate Challenge for business teams.

Volunteers will play a key role in the event. Close to 200 volunteers have already signed up to help with a variety of tasks, and more roles are still available for those ages 16 and up. For information, visit www.pocograndprix.ca/volunteer.

Please note: Schedules may change – check www.pocograndprix.ca closer to race day.

Race schedule:

12:20 p.m.: Women’s category 3-4
1:10 p.m.: Men’s category 3-4
2:05 p.m.: Awards
2:15 p.m.: Corporate Challenge
4:15 p.m.: Kids’ Race
4:45 p.m.: Youth Race
5:15 p.m.: Opening remarks
6 p.m.: Women’s category 1-2
7:30 p.m.: Men’s pro race
8:40 p.m.: Awards

Phoenix Entertainment Stage: 1-11 p.m.

1-2 p.m.: Locarno (Latin, folk, pop and funk)
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Bird & Lion (Unique renditions of cover songs)
4-5 p.m.: Aché Brasil (Brazilian music, dance and acrobatics)
5:30-7 p.m.: Sean Parker Trio (guitar-driven rock & roll)
7:30-11 p.m.: Groove & Tonic (high-energy R&B, disco, funk, rock and pop)

Norco Kids’ Zone: 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Activities will include:

  • Beshano Bike Trials Show at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. (followed by autographs)
  • Norco bike demonstrations
  • McDonalds mascot
  • Corycatures Cartoon artist Cory Van Leperen
  • Photo booth – Take a pic with the winning jersey
  • Books, button-making and more with Terry Fox Library
  • Mini Grand Prix Race Track by Norco
  • Poco Building Supplies wooden ramps
  • Little Sprockets Bike Camp Obstacle Course

Kids Entertainment presented by Phoenix Truck and Crane: 1 to 5 p.m.

1-1:30 p.m.: Will Stroet – City Hall Garden Stage
1:30-2:30 p.m.: One Women Circus / Interactive Circus Session – City Hall Garden
2:30-3 p.m.: Circus West Unicycle Team – City Hall Garden
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Will Stroet – City Hall Garden Stage
3:30-4 p.m.: One-Woman Circus / Interactive Circus Session – City Hall Garden
4-4:30 p.m.: Will Stroet / Circus West Unicycle Team – City Hall Garden
4:30-5 p.m.: One Women Circus – City Hall Garden

Parking and Road Closures:

Parking and vehicle access will be limited in downtown Port Coquitlam on July 15. Event-goers are encouraged to take transit, walk or cycle to the venue. There will be a free bike valet, sponsored by Cap’s Westwood Cycle.

Detailed parking and road closure information will be posted at www.pocograndprix.ca before July 1.

Sponsorship, volunteering and other event information is available at www.pocograndprix.ca.

PoCo Grand Prix sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: Dominion Lending Centres
Dominion Lending Centres is Canada’s number one national mortgage company with more than 2,400 mortgage professionals spanning the country. Launched in January 2006, DLC quickly grew to fund more than $17 billion in mortgage volume in 2014 – the largest origination volume of any Canadian brokerage. DLC continues to be recognized by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies – making the PROFIT HOT 50 list of Emerging Growth Companies (2009 and 2010), PROFIT 200 (2012) and PROFIT 500 (2013 and 2014). DLC and its agents are recognized annually at the CMP Canadian Mortgage Awards – the Oscars of the Canadian mortgage brokering landscape.

Gold Sponsors:
· Cap’s Westwood Cycle
· Mahoney and Sons
· Norco Bicycles
· Phoenix Truck & Crane
· TELUS

Silver Sponsors:
· Tri-City News

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BC Superweek 2016 Kicks off with Tour de Delta

Delta, BC – 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.

Bordered by water on three sides, the Corporation of Delta provides a spectacular backdrop for the MK Delta Lands Criterium on Friday, July 8th in North Delta, the Brenco Criterium on Saturday, July 9th in Ladner, and the UCI-sanctioned White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday, July 10th in Tsawwassen.

“For over 15 years, Tour de Delta has been attracting cyclists and spectators from Canada and around the world. This annual event has become a key summer attraction and acts as an excellent ambassador for sport in our community,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Thanks to the great athletes, our staff and all the amazing volunteers, this year’s Tour de Delta will be the best yet!”

For fans and aspiring cyclists watching the UCI sanctioned competition at the White Spot | Delta Road Race, the experience of seeing Canadian athletes up close and personal accumulating points with an eye on international competition should definitely leave an impression.

In addition, organizers of the Tour de Delta added another level of excitement to the Brenco Criterium this year with a new course and an elimination component. In an elimination race, following a set amount of opening laps, the last rider crossing the finish line every second lap will be pulled from the race until a set number of laps remain. At that time, the race continues as a regular criterium to the finish.

“We chose to do an elimination race format this year for the Brenco Criterium in Ladner because with the new course design, the length of one lap is less than 800 metres. Such a short course should mean faster speeds and a unique show for all spectators to enjoy,” explained Ernsting.

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 Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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Jacqueline Lambert
Media Relations
Tour de Delta
jacquie.lambert@gmail.com
778-686-5526

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