March 28, 2008 – After a month of racing in the Fraser Valley the Escape Velocity/dEVo Spring Series comes to an exciting conclusion this weekend with the running of the dEVo Classic Stage Race. This three event stage race has something for everyone including a grueling road race, a closed circuit criterium and a time trial. There will be generous cash prizes and other fabulous merchandise prizes from our sponsors for the top three finishers in the individual stage races and for the top five overall finishers in each category.
Road Race — The Snake: Fort Langley, BC. The Snake course is back but this time it is bigger, meaner and more ornery than before. The dEVo Torture Department has increased the difficulty of this race by adding a couple extra laps in all categories. Be sure to bring your Snake-Bite Kit!
Date: Saturday March 29, 2008
Location: East of Fort Langley, BC. Parking on 88th Avenue near the race start/finish area at the junction of 88th Avenue and 256th Street.
Time: All races start at 10:30 AM sharp.
Old Yale Criterium: Murrayville, BC. A closed circuit criterium course suburban Murrayville.
Date: Sunday March 30, 2008
Location: Langley, BC. Old Yale Road and 222nd St.; parking at the school at 222A Street and Old Yale Road)
– C and Novice Groups: 9:15 AM (45 min)
– B Group: 10:15 AM (60 min)
– A Group: 11:30 AM (75 min)
River Road Time Trial: Fort Langley, BC. A 12 km out and back course adjacent to the Fraser River. No hills, no drafting and no tactics – just you and your bike in this “race of truth”.
Date: Sunday March 30, 2008
Location: Fort Langley, BC. River Road at 256th St. Parking is near the race start area at the junction of 88th Street and 256th Avenue in Langley.
Time: The first Rider will start at 4 PM. Race order is as follows: C’s followed by the B’s then the A’s with no break in between. Riders will start at 30 second intervals. Time Trial start times will be posted on Saturday night for all Stage Race competitors.
Further Event Details
There will be generous cash and fabulous prizes from all our sponsors, but no upgrading points available.
Categories: Please see the category suggestions below to help advise you on which category to race.
– A Group: This is generally comprised of category Pro, 1 and 2’s as well as some very fit 3’s .
– B Group: This is composed on the top Category 3’s and 4’s as well as most top Women and top Junior racers.
– C Group: This is the place for most Category 4’s and 5’s as well as Novice racers that have some but limited race experience. In the spirit of the Spring Series if you are new to racing but have been riding consistently over the winter and are keeping up with cat 3’s in your club then B’s are more than likely where you belong.
– Novice: Novice racing in the Old Yale Criterium and River Road Time Trial ONLY. Novice racers will race with the C group in the Old Yale Criterium. There will be no Novice class in the Snake Hill road race.
For complete details including course maps, race distances and other important information please here or contact Race Director Austin MacDougall (austinmacd [at] gmail [dot] com).
Special Instruction 1: Fenders must be removed for racing in the Spring Series.
Special Instruction 2: You must print off and bring a waiver and sign-on form to your first race. NO WAIVER, NO RACING (download the forms here.
Special Instruction 3: A valid UCI licence is mandatory for the Spring Series races. USCF licences will not be accepted. One day licences will be available at the sign on area.
Special thanks to our Spring Series sponsors:
– Powerbar – Be Great
– Louis Garneau – The Global Solution
– Wentings Cycle
– La Bicicletta Pro Shop
Our sponsors provide great prizes for the Spring Series and are fantastic supporters of the cycling community in British Columbia. Escape Velocity and dEVo appreciate their continued involvement and commitment to the sport.
About the Spring Series
Intended as training races, the Spring Series features some of the toughest competition of the year. With a variety of race courses and categories the series is the perfect venue for those new to cycling to hone their racing skills and for experienced cyclists to test their early season fitness.
For 2008, the Spring Series will consist of seven races on consecutive weekends March 2 through to March 23, culminating with the dEVo Stage Race on the weekend of March 29 and 30. All races will be held in the Fraser Valley area, near beautiful Langley, B.C.
The Spring Series races are organized by Escape Velocity’s youth development program dEVo. All riders in the dEVo program help run the Spring Series races and learn the organization and commitment that is required not only to be successful on the bike, but as an organizer and leader in the sport of cycling. Money raised at the Spring Series races will go to further support of the dEVo racing program.
About Escape Velocity
Founded in August 1989, Team Escape Velocity is a Vancouver, BC based cycling club committed to promoting and developing the sport of cycling in Canada. With membership ranging from novice Category 5 riders to Canadian National Team members and North American champions, we pride ourselves in our community involvement, race organization, youth development, and leadership activities. For more information on EV see: <http://www.escapevelocity.bc.ca>www.escapevelocity.bc.ca.