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Toronto Criterium 2010

by Chris Redden

November 30, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The Toronto Criterium at the St. Lawrence Market resurrected two years ago after a 17-yr hiatus by the City of Toronto with Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee, spearheading efforts, will be going ahead in 2010 under the leadership of ZM Cycle and Fitness, with Ziggy Martuzalski as race director. ZM’s Martuzalski ran the event for the past two years and the 2010 race is set to take place on Friday, May 28 making use of the great Front Street/Esplanade race course that the event used in 2009.

Next year, the competition will feature a new youth category to give up-and-coming cyclists a chance to race on the same course as the top riders. In 2009, according to the organizers, there were more than 15,000 spectators out to catch the rainy event that was won by Planet Energy’s Andrew Randall.

For 2010, organizers are hoping to attract a big field of riders from Ontario and other provinces, as well as from the U.S., as Monday, May 31 is the American holiday Memorial Day. There will also be a second race on that same weekend put on by ZM Cycle and Fitness – the Zig Zag by the Lake Criterium to be held on Sunday, May 30 so racers can enjoy a solid weekend of primo racing in Toronto.

The City of Toronto and Heaps, have done a fabulous job of organizing and sponsoring the race over the past two years, and will continue to support the 2010 event and beyond as it goes forward on its own.

Check out our video below from the 2008 TO Criterium and visit www.torontocriterium.com for info on the 2009 race. Anyone interested in sponsoring the 2010 event can contact Martuzalski at zmcyclefitness@rogers.com.

2008 TO Criterium

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