December 08, 2016 (Penticton, BC) – Young cyclists, start your pedals. In a rare and exciting development, the 2017 edition of the Hayman Classic has been given the green light for a circuit race on the sleek and sinuous track at Area 27, Canada’s newest motorsport speedway.
“This is a world-class venue and a huge contribution,” said Ron Hayman, the former Olympian and pro racer who is now the driving force behind the event that bears his name, an annual competition that focuses solely on young cyclists.
Hayman said he expects the bike event on Area 27 will attract not only cyclists and cycling enthusiasts, but also friends, family and acquaintances who might want a first-hand look at the racetrack and its spectacular setting in the South Okanagan.
The finishing times in the four events will be added together to give each rider an overall time for the weekend. The effect of this is to turn normally separate events into a rolling stage race with prizes given to those with the best cumulative times.
Hayman expressed gratitude to Global Relay’s Bridge the Gap for its financial contribution to this year’s Classic. Global Relay is a major supporter of cycling in Canada; its Bridge the Gap program offers mentorship, coaching and financial aid to talented young cyclists.
Registration for the Hayman Classic opens on Jan. 1. For more information on registration, accommodation, rules and regulations, visit here. News, maps and photos of Area 27 can be found here. Information on Global Relay Bridge the Gap is available here.