The B.C. Legislature will get a “royal visit” this weekend as B.C.’s criterium male and female champions will be crowned during the Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE– June 3 to June 5, 2016.
“The Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Grand Prix is the provincial championships for B.C.’s elite and masters riders,” says Robert Cameron, title sponsor, “What better place to do this on than Victoria’s historical Crown jewel, the BC provincial Legislature.”
“Last year was the first year we moved this race from Bastion Square to Belleville Street,” says Race Director Jon Watkin, “Changing venues from such a historic site was a tough-decision-made-right-
The Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE 3 day event takes on an omnium format which will see the top female and male riders each carry the leader’s jersey from one road race event to another. “Omnium” which is Latin for “of all, belonging to all” provides points for the race finish order – the male and female rider with the most points on Sunday wins the overall Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series leader jersey.
The excitement starts Friday night on Dallas Road where the EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial returns to the waterfront from 6 p.m. to around 9 p.m. This race-against-the clock features soloists racing at breakneck speeds of up to 60 km/hr along a 5 km route on Victoria’s scenic oceanfront.
Saturday’s action remains rooted in Metchosin where again, the Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic will put road cycling warriors to the test Metchosin’s gruelling hills.
And Sunday, in addition to the day-long racing Russ Hay’s / Accent Inns Grand Prix events, the kid-popular and crowd-pleasing Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge returns, as well as the Victoria Volkswagen Celebrity Relay where local celebrities will put pedal to the metal along with media VIPs against Olympians and other sport stars.
“PISE is very pleased to be presenting sponsor again of the RCL Cycling Series,” says PISE CEO, Robert Bettauer. “The combination of healthy, fun activities for families and opportunities for cyclists of all calibers, including the next generation of BC’s and Canada’s future cycling stars, is why PISE is involved. We really want to highlight all aspects of healthy living, which is so wonderfully accessible in our community through cycling.”
The 2016 Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series include:
- EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial, Friday, June 3 (6 pm to 9 p.m.) Dallas
- Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic, Saturday, June 4 (starting at 7:30 a.m. to about approximately 1:30 p.m.) at Liberty Road in
- Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Grand Prix / BC Criterium Championships – Sunday, June 5 (starting at 8 a.m. with the women’s elite race at noon and the last race, the men’s elite, starting at 1
- Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge – June 5, (starting at 11 a.m. at the Legislature Buildings, free event for kids aged 3-
- Victoria Volkswagen Celebrity Bike Relay – June 5, celebrity race held before the elite races.
EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial – Friday, June 3, 6 p.m.
Start and finish at Clover Point
(Category Start Sequence, 1 min start intervals)
6:00 p.m Hand Cyclists
6:05 p.m. Unlicensed / Citizen / Cat 4 Women
6:25 p.m. Unlicensed / Citizen / Cat 4 Men
6:40 p.m. Junior Women
6:45 p.m. Junior Men
7:05 p.m. Cat 3 Men
7:25 p.m. Elite Women (Cat 1-3)
7:35 p.m. Elite Men (Cat 1-2)
Cheemo Perogies Cycling Classic – Saturday, June 4
Start/Finish: Hans Helgesen Elementary School, 4983 Rocky Point Road, Metchosin, BC
Wave 1 Races
7:30 am Junior, Novice, Masters 30+ Championship, Cat 3/4 Women – 40 km (4 laps)
7:35 am Junior, Novice, Masters 30+ Championship, Cat 3/4 Men – 70 km (7 laps)
10:00 am Elite Men Championship (Cat 1-2) – 120 km (12 laps)
10:05 am Elite Women Championship (Cat 1-3) – 80 km (8 laps)
1:30 pm Approximate finish of Men’s Road Race
Russ Hay’s / Accent Inns Grand Prix – Sunday, June 5 (8 a.m. to approx. 2 p.m.)
(lap is approximately 1Km)
Start/Finish: Belleville Street, in front of Legislature Buildings, Victoria, BC
8:00 a.m. Women: Cat 4/Citizen (Non Championship)–
Masters B/C Criterium Championships (40-49, 50-59) 20 Laps
8:40 a.m. Men: Cat 3-4/Citizen (Non Championship),
Masters C Criterium Championships (50-59) 25 Laps
9:10 a.m. Men: Masters A/B (30-39/40-49) – BC Criterium Championships 35 Laps
10:20 a.m. Youth Race (U13, U15, U17) 2 Laps (timed)
11:00 a.m. Timbits Challenge 1 Lap
11:35 a.m. Victoria Volkswagen Celebrity Relay 4 Laps
Noon Women’s Elite, Masters A (30-39) BC Criterium Championships 35 Laps
1 p.m. Men’s Elite BC Criterium Championships 50 Laps
TRAFFIC IMPACT ADVISORY
Motorists, residents and businesses are asked to watch for traffic impacts for the 2016 Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series, p/b PISE, June 3 to June 5, 2016:
Friday, June 3, EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial – from 5 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m., Dallas Road from Hollywood Crescent to Douglas Street will be closed to traffic. Motorists are asked to not park on the race course.
Saturday, June 4, Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic (Metchosin) – from 7 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.Metchosin motorists are advised to watch out for cyclists along the circular route on Rocky Point, Liberty, Labonne, Barrow and Kangaroo Roads. As the route travels in a clockwise direction, the best way to avoid traffic delays is to plan a counter-clockwise route along the course.
There will be a “rolling closure” for each race which means the cyclists will be escorted by a series of motorcycles, medical and support vehicles. Course marshals will be stationed along the route and may be briefly stopping traffic so that cyclists can safety pass intersecting roads and start/finish the race.
Metchosin area travelers are asked to watch out for the racers, take instruction from the route marshals and expect some delays and congestion particularly near the Hans Helgesen Elementary School during the starts at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at the finish area throughout the morning.
Sunday, June 5 Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Grand Prix – the perimeter of the Legislature Buildings (Superior, Government, Belleville and Menzies) will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.Pedestrian access to Legislature Buildings will be provided through marshalled crossings surrounding the course.
For more information visit www.victoriabikerace.com
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