May 7, 2009 (Charlottetown, PEI) – The 2009 edition of Tour de PEI, presented by Scotiabank, is gearing up to be one of the best events yet. One hundred of the World’s top female cyclists will descend on the Island June 7-11 for a five day, five stage race across some of the most scenic but challenging terrain Prince Edward Island has to offer.
Crowd favourite, Rochelle Gilmore, will be back with a new team, Belgium’s Lotto Belisol, in pursuit of the yellow jersey that has thus far eluded her at Tour de PEI. Challenging her every move will be the German National Team, South Africa’s MTN Energade, and former team, Menikini (presently Selle-Italia Ghezzi), who will be looking to sweep the podium once again.
Elite cyclists won’t be the only riders taking to the roads of Prince Edward Island during this year’s Tour. The Tour de PEI Organization, in conjunction with Cycling PEI, is offering amateur athletes several opportunities to take part in the 2009 event:
Time Trial and Road Race- Kensington will come to life on Saturday, June 6 with two scheduled amateur events: an 11 KM time trial beginning at 10:00 AM, and a 33.6 KM Road Race beginning at 1:30 PM.
Criterium- Ride like the pros on Sunday, June 7 in this time plus one lap criterium race around Summerside that starts/finishes in the same location as the elite race! The event is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 PM, just prior to Stage 1 of Tour de PEI.
Proceeds from all three amateur events will benefit the Prince County and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundations. For more information and to register please visit the Cycling PEI website at www.cpei.com/events.
Two free events are also planned for the final day of the race, Thursday, June 11 in Charlottetown. Children in grades 1-6 will once again have the opportunity to race on the professional criterium route at 4:00 PM in front of thousands of spectators. Pre-registration is required and forms may be picked up at the Confederation Bridge office on Queen Street until June 1. After the final awards ceremony at 7:00 PM, join thousands of spectators on the steps of the Confederation Centre of the Arts to celebrate the Tour and kick start the Confederation Bridge Concert Series with PEI’s own, Rawlins Cross.
Volunteers are still needed for a number of positions throughout the week, including constructing fencing and the start/finish lines, registration, directing crowds and traffic, and more. Sign up before May 20th and automatically be entered to win great prizes from our sponsors! For more information, visit our website at www.tourdepei.com.