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Vancouver’s Gastown Grand Prix Cycling Race

Gastown Grand Prix

The Gastown Grand Prix is a major cycling race in Vancouver’s Gastown district that’s part of the BC Super Week series of races in mid-July each year.

 


2021 RACE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

For the second consecutive year, the Gastown Grand Prix has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the race won’t happen until some time in 2022.


 

Gastown Grand Prix

In 2020 the Gastown Grand Prix was going to take place on Wednesday, July 15th, in the heart of Gastown. The event was unable to take place due to COVID-19, and it won’t be happening in 2021 either. Hopefully it is able to run again in 2022 as planned.

The race is one of a series of six major cycling competitions in the Lower Mainland in July. Given its tight circuit in the heart of Vancouver’s old town, it’s one of the most interesting to watch, and easiest to get to via public transit.

Other races in the BC Super Week of cycling races include the Tour de Delta, Giro di Burnaby, New West Grand Prix, PoCo Grand Prix and Tour de White Rock.

 

Gastown Grand Prix on Water Street

 

About the Gastown Grand Prix

Part of the USA CRITS Championship Series, the Gastown Grand Prix is one of the continent’s most historic cycling competitions. The event attracts as many as 20,000 spectators and offers the highest prize money of any one-day Canadian Criterium race of its kind.

The Gastown Grand Prix is an especially exciting competition to watch. Cyclists race multiple times in a loop around Vancouver’s old town.

The first race of the day begins at around 5:30 pm and they continue into the evening. There’s usually a Junior Race, Women’s 40-Lap Race and a Men’s 50-Lap Race around the 1.2 km/7 block course. The cyclists are close together and complete each lap at amazing speeds.

 

Schedule

See below for the schedule of events for July 10, 2019. The 2022 schedule should be comparable:

  • 5:30 pm – Youth Race
  • 5:55 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 6:15 pm – Pro Women’s Race
  • 7:30 pm – Pro Men’s Race
  • 9:00 pm – Awards Ceremony

 

Other Information

For more details about the Gastown event, click Gastown Grand Prix or visit the BC Super Week website.

For information on other BC Superweek cycling races in July, click Vancouver Cycling Races.

For other events taking place this month see Vancouver’s Best Places’ July Calendar, and for a list of other major events at different times of the year click Festivals and Events.

 

 

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