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Cycling Superweek Rolls into Town

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Photo Credit: Tour De White Rock

If you’re a cycling enthusiast, or simply love to watch an exciting, action-packed sporting event unfold right before your eyes, then you’re going to love BC Superweek! The fun kicked-off this weekend with the  Tour de Delta and continues this week with the UBC Grand Prix (July 9), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 10), Giro di Burnaby (July 11), and Tour de White Rock (July 12-14).

With over $110,000 in cash prizes to be won, these events attract some of the world’s best cyclists, with former participants having including the 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal, internationally-heralded sprinter Tyler Farrar, and national time-trial champion Svein Tuft!

The Tour de White Rock is an event that I eagerly anticipate each year. With 3 days of different events, you can witness amazing feats of strength, sprinting, and endurance.

The Hill Climb

Friday, July 12th
7:00pm (Women’s All Cat.)
7:30pm (Men’s Pro 1 & 2)

The first challenge comes in the form of a head-to-head hill climb race, in which two riders race side-by-side up Buena Vista Avenue – a 700-meter ascent with a 16% grade! This climb takes sheer power and strength, and tests both physical and mental limits. >> Learn more

Criterium

Saturday, July 13th
4:00pm (Men’s Cat 3 & 4)
5:00pm (Women’s Pro 1,2, 3)
6:00pm (Men’s Pro 1 & 2)

Day 2 features the Criterium, which caters perfectly to the roadside watcher. Racers reach speeds of up to 70 km/hr as they race on a 1-km circuit that loops from Johnston Road, around five corners, past City Hall and back around White Rock Elementary. The race is filled with exciting, shoulder-to-shoulder sprints as competitors try to surge ahead of each other to win cash prime (pronounced: ‘preem‘) laps. As a result, the leader changes frequently, with riders constantly maneuvering for position, which always makes for a very exciting finish! >> Learn more

Road Race

Sunday, July 14th
9:00am (Men’s)
9:05am (Women’s)

The Tour de White Rock closes with a classic road race on Sunday morning. The route traverses through the streets of White Rock and includes steep climbs, sharp turns, and quick descents that require supreme skill, stamina, and endurance to handle. The men’s course is 130km long and takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete, while the women’s course is 80km long and takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Now in its 33rd year, the Peace Arch News Road Race is one of the most prestigious and historic races in North America, and not one to miss! >> Learn more

For more information on BC Superweek, including information on other events, see the Superweek Race Locations page. And, if you’re coming down for the whole event, get a great deal on a nearby Surrey, BC hotel.

Have you experienced the heart-pounding excitement of any of these Superweek events? Tell us about it!