BC Superweek 2018 Kicks Off with Tour de Delta Presented by Beedie

In just over two weeks, more than 200 professional cyclists from every corner of North America and around the world converge on the Lower Mainland for Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series – BC Superweek – which begins with the $25,000 Tour de Delta presented by Beedie.

“Year after year, the communities of North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen are incredibly welcoming to all the teams and cyclists to open BC Superweek. It’s also wonderful to see the collaboration between the City of Delta, local businesses, and community members continues to grow year after year with the Tour de Delta,” said BC Superweek Series Director Mark Ernsting.

Bordered by the Fraser River to the north, Boundary Bay to the south, and the Strait of Georgia to the west, Delta provides a spectacular backdrop for criteriums on Friday, July 6 in North Delta and Saturday, July 7 in Ladner. The Tour de Delta concludes with the UCI-sanctioned White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday, July 8 in Tsawwassen.

“For almost 20 years, Tour de Delta has attracted cyclists and spectators from Canada and around the world. It is a significant summer attraction for our community and acts as an excellent ambassador for sport,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Many thanks to the incredible athletes, City of Delta staff and all the wonderful volunteers. We are looking forward to this year’s Tour de Delta being the best yet!”

The UCI-sanctioned White Spot | Delta Road Races offers fans and aspiring cyclists an up close and personal opportunity to see elite professional athletes represent their countries. The men and women wearing the Team Canada jersey on July 8 will look to accumulate points with an eye on international competition like the World Championships and Olympic Games.

“The White Spot | Delta Road Race is an incredible chance to see teams and cyclists who have come from all over Canada, the United States, and around the world to compete. It’s the only UCI-certified road race in British Columbia and we’re thrilled to have it as part of the Tour de Delta and BC Superweek,” added Ernsting.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 6 – 15 and is made up of the Tour de Delta presented by Beedie (July 6 – 8), New West Grand Prix (July 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 11), Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development (July 12), PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres (July 13), and Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties (July 14 – 15).

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For more information about BC Superweek, please contact Brian Wiebe at 604-916-8448 or email brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca.

Strong Showing for Team Canada at Tour de Beauce

Photo by: Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist

 

Team Canada had one of its strongest showings ever at the Tour de Beauce, Canada’s premier UCI-sanctioned men’s stage race, with James Piccoli of Montreal winning the overall title and a stage, Ben Perry of St Catherines taking the Climber’s Jersey, plus winning the Team General Classification as the top team.

Piccoli had a dramatic come-from-behind victory, winning the penultimate fourth stage to move up from 14th to eighth in the overall standings, and then driving the breakaway on the final day with team mate Jordan Cheyne of Kelowna, BC, to take the Yellow Jersey by 11 seconds. Piccoli is the first Canadian winner of Beauce since Svein Tuft in 2008, and the first winner from the host province of Quebec since Jacques Landry in 1994.

“It hasn’t totally sunk in, to be honest,” said Piccoli. “The team’s plan in the final two stages was to make it hard, attack and blow the race to pieces. And everyone did an amazing job of doing that. Jordan [Cheyne] rode out of his mind for me, and all the guys were laying it on the line for me. It was up to us to ride in the break, and we did it.”

Two other members of Team Canada finished in the top-10 overall – Cheyne in ninth and team captain Svein Tuft of Langley, BC, in tenth. Tuft was the last Canadian to win the Tour de Beauce, in 2008, and is in his final season of racing.

Overall, Canadian riders had their best results at Beauce in recent years, with wins in four of the six stages, plus five of the top-10 finishers in the overall standings coming from Canada.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Kevin Field, Manager of Team Canada. “I don’t think we could have hoped for anything better today. We knew that this last stage is one where you can really turn things over. So, we had a really simple game plan; we said ‘our game is chaos’ … just create as much chaos as we can and stack any move with our riders.  Today it just worked out; being tactical on this circuit doesn’t work, you just have to go from the start and be committed.”

 


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau, lululemon, 4iiii, Argon18 and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

 

BMX Premier Series Race 2 & 3 at Ridge Meadows, June 23-24

The BC BMX Premier Series racing continues next weekend with races #2 and #3 at Ridge Meadows BMX on June 22 & 23, 2018. The series opener at Action BMX in Surrey on May 27th set the tone and established the series leaders and standings but that could all change after these next two races.

Series leaders after race 3 will have some time to relish in the lead as the next races in the series get going again at Action BMX in early September.  The series final will take place back at Ridge Meadows on September 29.

View the current 2018 BC BMX Premier Series Standings.

 

BC Premier Series BMX Race #2 & #3 Schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Bird Deadline is Near for 2018 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx

Early Bird Deadline (Friday, June 15th | 2 p.m.) – 2018 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan

Register by Friday (15th) to save as much as $25 on your choice of the Granfondo (160 km), Velocefondo (126 km), Mediofondo (92 km) or Cortofondo (55 km).

REGISTER NOW

Also, the Passo Apex Hill Climb Race, presented by Velofix, returns on Saturday, July 7th, as part of Granfondo Weekend. This timed 12.2 km hill climb up Penticton’s Apex Mountain challenges the strength and determination of the intermediate and elite cyclists. The climb up Apex features 861 m of elevation gain, with an average gradient of 7.9% – with some pitches up to 20% – making it a climb worthy of the Tour de France. Full details: www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/apex/

 

 

 

55+ BC Games Coming to Kimberley/Cranbrook – September 11-15, 2018

The 31st Annual 55+ BC Games is taking place in Kimberley/Cranbrook this year from September 11th to 15th.

Over 2,500 participants aged 55+ from 12 zones across British Columbia are expected to compete in 23 sports and activities.

The registration deadline is fast approaching. For more information, please visit https://www.55plusbcgames.org/.