September 14, 2007 – Team Escape Velocity is pleased to present the second annual Grand Prix of Cyclocross on an exciting new course in beautiful Coquitlam. Due to the City of Vancouver labour dispute, the venue for the EV Grand Prix of Cyclocross has been changed from Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park. This is the same venue as Escape Velocity’s November “Crossquitlam!” race, with some special modifications to keep the racing fresh and exciting.
“The City of Vancouver labour dispute left us unable to get the appropriate permits to hold the race at West Point Grey Academy and we were scrambling for an alternate location. However, the City of Coquitlam came through with the perfect venue on very short notice,” Stephen Cork, Team Escape Velocity race director said. “We are really excited about the Coquitlam course and I expect it will test the endurance and bike handling skills of all participants.”
The EV GP of “˜Cross will be a true cyclocross course complete with Euro-style off camber grassy knolls, pavÃ©, stairs and barriers with a few special West Coast influenced sections that include a beach volleyball court, a BMX track and some not-so-North-Shore inspired single track. The course layout will be perfect for spectators and all sections are within easy walking distance of the start/finish area.
“This course will be technically demanding and racers will have to be prepared to ride right on the edge of their abilities.” Stephen Cork, added. “Imagine hitting the BMX track at full speed with thirty other riders on your “˜cross bike? It will be exciting for sure.”
The course has been designed to allow for plenty of passing opportunity and will be great for creating and building on rivalries with your fellow racers. Trash talk is encouraged but, kids, please play nice.
Escape Velocity thanks the City of Coquitlam for accommodating this last-minute change of location.
Date: September 29, 2007
Location: Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC
Time: Sign on opens at 9 am and closes 10 minutes before your start time
– 9:30 AM – Under 16 Kids Race – 20 minutes
– 10:00 AM – Men’s C & Women’s C – 30 minutes (staggered start)
– 10:45 AM – Men’s B & Women’s A – 40 minutes (staggered start)
– 12:00 PM – Men’s A – 60 minutes
Note: mountain bikes are ALLOWED in all races except “A” category. So come on out, and race what you have. No special bike is necessary.
For complete details, see: http://www.escapevelocity.bc.ca/gpcx
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: www.escapevelocity.bc.ca.