July 11, 2006 – In the Prologue ride for The Crossing, a 12-kilometre hill climb up Mount Seymour on Vancouver’s North Shore held on Sunday, July 9, the top time was 45 minutes 55 seconds. The course, popular locally for climbers, has a vertical gain of 989 metres to a thousand metre plateau at the top of the chairlift in an area that is a ski hill in winter.
The Prologue was staged on a muggy and slightly overcast day but riders still had a great panoramic view of Vancouver and its suburbs once they reached the top. The times ranged up to 61.35 minutes. Placings for the prologue determine the starting order for The Crossing on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in Vancouver.
The Crossing, from Vancouver to Halifax covers 6,521 km (4,025 mi.) and takes place over six weeks. There are six riding days a week with rest days on Mondays and riders reach Halifax on August 20. Daily average is 181 kilometres (112 miles) and the longest day is 224 km (138). There are nine days of 200 kilometres plus (125 miles). The Crossing is a timed event.
Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a national cycling event management organization that has been staging challenging rides throughout Canada since 1988. Visit
www.CycleCanada.com for more information on Cycle Canada.