The Tour de White Rock weekend wraps up with the renowned Peace Arch News Road Race, which takes cyclists through the beautiful landscapes of White Rock’s hilly seaside. Semiahmoo Bay and Mount Baker provide picturesque backdrops as spectators watch the action from restaurants and shops along Marine Drive.
This race tests the athletes’ endurance and stamina. The long steep climbs, sharp turns, and quick descents along this course demand keen attention, clever tactics, and toughness known to seasoned cyclists. The men start at 9:00am ahead of the women at 9:05am from the start/finish line at Marine Drive at the Pier. The men’s course is 130 km (11 long laps and 5 short laps) and the women’s course is 80 km (8 long laps). The women’s race takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and the men’s race takes approximately 3.5 hours. Now in its 36th year, the Peace Arch News Road Race is one of the most prestigious and historic races in North America.
The new BC Superweek Youth Series is a partnership between BC Superweek and Global Relay’s Bridge the Gap Fund, which is coordinating the series.
In addition to giving the up and coming racers (boys, ages 12 – 15, and girls, ages 12-16) a chance to compete in seven races over eight days, BC Superweek Youth Series will also give them a chance to test their bike handling skills at speed over the same iconic courses their heroes will race on later each evening in front of thousands of cheering race fans.
For more information on the BC Superweek Youth Series, click here.
With between 5,000 and 30,000 spectators in attendance at each event and more than $110,000 in cash prizes for participants, BC Superweek is the cycling event to attend each year.
Some of the most competitive teams in national and international cycling have already committed to attending the series next summer. All races are free to watch.
The list of cycling stars who have raced at BC Superweek includes the likes of Tyler Farrar, Chris Horner, Alex Stieda, Svein Tuft, Brian Walton, Christian Meier and Dominic Rollin on the men’s side, and Leah Kirchmann, Gillian Carleton, Alison Sydor, Leslie Tomlinson and Erinne Willock on the women’s side.
If you’re a cyclist or team and would like to participate in BC Superweek, please contact Mark Ernsting at 604 760 7373 or ernsting@m1sportsmanagement.
BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $110,000 in prize money available during eight races over nine days. BC Superweek runs from July 10 – 18, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 10, 11, 12), UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons (July 14), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 15), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 16) and the Tour de White Rock (July 17, 18). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.