New West Grand Prix 2017

Jul 5 2017, 5:36 pm

For the first time ever, competitive cyclers will have to brave New West’s infamously steep hills in the BC Superweek Cycling Series.

A few of the Royal City’s streets will be closed down on July 11 to make room for the 935-metre track where racers will be completing an expected 45 to 55 laps.

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The New West Grand Prix is new to the cycling series this year, as the city has signed onto a four-year agreement to host a portion of the ten day race.

“BC Superweek is a prominent event on the sporting calendar in our province and joining the series showcases our city in a big way,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté in a release.

“The New West Grand Prix, along with our waterfront location, heritage downtown, Anvil Centre, and Westminster Pier Park, will help continue to present New Westminster as a city that promotes fun, family-friendly events.”

The course will include parts of Columbia Street, Eighth Street, Carnarvon Street, Sixth Street, and Begbie Street. Due to the relatively short track length, spectators can expect to see around 200 cyclists riding by every minute.

“The [BC Superweek cycling] series continues to establish itself as the most prominent professional cycling series in North America,” said BC Superweek Series Director Mark Ernsting in a release.

“Professional cycling has become a real median for cities to showcase themselves not only locally, but also internationally through the series.”

New West Grand Prix 2017

Where: Eighth Street to Sixth Street, Carnarvon Street to Columbia Street.

When: Tuesday, July 11

Time: Kids’ Race at 4:45 pm, Youth Race at 5:30 pm, Pro Women’s Race at 6:15 pm, and Pro Men’s Race at 7:30 pm

Event is free for all spectators.

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