March 02, 2017 (New Westminster, BC) – Mark Tuesday, July 11, 2017 on your calendar as professional cycling comes to New Westminster! Top Canadian and International cyclists will race through the downtown streets during a new BC Superweek event: the New West Grand Prix.
“BC Superweek is a prominent event on the sporting calendar in our province and joining the series showcases our city in a big way,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté. “The New West Grand Prix, along with our waterfront location, heritage downtown, Anvil Centre, and Westminster Pier Park, will help continue to present New Westminster as a city that promotes fun, family-friendly events.”
The New West Grand Prix is planned to begin with a youth race at 5:30 pm, followed by the women’s race at 6:15 pm, then the men’s race at 7:30 pm, and the day concludes with the awards ceremony at approximately 9 pm.
The criterium-style race features a mass start and a 935-metre circuit that cyclists navigate for an expected 45-55 laps. More than 200 men’s and women’s cyclists will pass by every minute, making the New West Grand Prix a thrilling spectator experience.
New Westminster is one of several Lower Mainland communities scouted by BC Superweek to expand the series. The city’s central location, accessibility to transit, and downtown race site were among the deciding factors in it being selected.
“BC Superweek is one of Canada’s most prominent road cycling series, but with the addition of the New West Grand Prix, the series continues to establish itself as the most prominent professional cycling series in North America,” said BC Superweek Series Director Mark Ernsting. “Professional cycling has become a real median for cties to showcase themselves not only locally, but also internationally through the series. The members of BC Superweek are excited to welcome the City of New Westminster to the family.”
Businesses and the community are encouraged to participate in the New West Grand Prix in a variety of ways, including sponsorship, volunteering, and participating in all the events on July 11.
Event, volunteer, and sponsorship details have been posted here.
“Adding another event to the iconic BC Superweek series not only adds a new choice for local cycling, but keeps the series fresh and filled with excitement. It also enhances to the Canadian cycling family by adding “newness”, that’s important for us if we want to keep the sport attractive to riders and fans,” commented Pierre Lafontaine – CEO, Cycling Canada.
“Cycling BC is excited about the addition of the New West Grand Prix to BC Superweek. These races give our local athletes valuable experience with high profile racing close to home,” said Erin Waugh – Executive Director, Cycling BC.