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 also gives young riders 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.
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 2016:
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
Riders will race for approximately 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 2 laps). Boys and girls will race together, but will be scored separately.
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).
The entry is free for all races in the series.
Race Tech Guide:
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2017 race registration coming soon…
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.