Volunteer Spots Still Available for PoCo Grand Prix

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.

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Excitement Builds for Inaugural PoCo Grand Prix

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.

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

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.

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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.

Volunteer Spots Still Available for PoCo Grand Prix

Port Coquitlam, BC – June 8, 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 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.

In particular, volunteers are needed for:

• Marshalling – Marshals will coordinate intersections, crosswalks and pedestrian traffic at the event, and must be at least 18 years old.

• Crowd prime fundraising – Fundraisers will collect donations from spectators for the “crowd prime” (a prime is a sprint race for the pros with a cash prize). All donations will be pooled and split equally between the men’s and women’s winners of the crowd prime.

• 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 bike from July 8 to 17.

Volunteers will work either afternoon shifts from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or evening shifts from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

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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PHOTOS:

High-resolution photos can be requested at info@pocograndprix.ca.

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

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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PHOTOS:

High-resolution photos can be requested at info@pocograndprix.ca.

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