Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix was held on July 9 this year, and it was once again an exhilarating event with cyclists racing through Vancouver’s Gastown area streets. The event is part of BC Superweek, a diverse series of cycling events in Greater Vancouver, and got its start over 40 years ago. From the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix website:
Dr. Roger Sumner came up with the idea in 1973 to have a bike race in the popular Gastown area of Vancouver, BC. Sumner, a Vancouver native and bike racer, wanted to organize a race that would show the public how spectacular top level bike racing in Canada could be. He wanted to create a quality race that would be highly accessible to the public. Gastown, with its historic character-filled, twisty cobblestoned streets lined with cafes and restaurants, fit the bill as the perfect place to have a criterium style race.
This year there were 30,000 estimated spectators in attendance, including close to 200 Pro Athletes (120 Men, 75 Women), an increase of nearly 50 athletes over 2013. This year the race also became part of the “USA CRITS” series, which is comprised of 11 Criterium Races around the US and now Vancouver. This inclusion means that more prestigious and competitive US teams participated in the race this year.
Allstream has been Presenting Partner of this race since 2012 and also proudly sponsors the Trek Red Truck Racing Team. The riders from the Tred Red Truck team have been having a great season so far, with many podium finishes including notable performances at Nationals.
Check out the photos below from the race day taken by Allstream’s Sheryll Matheson.