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.
2020 RACE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
The 2020 edition of the Gastown Grand Prix was cancelled on April 6th due to concerns about the novel coronavirus. The race won’t now happen until July 14th, 2021.
For details about other events not taking place because of the virus pandemic see our article about COVID-19 and Vancouver Event Cancellations.
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. Hopefully it will be able to run again in 2021.
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.
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.
See below for the schedule of events for July 10, 2019. The 2021 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
For information on other BC Superweek cycling races in July, click Vancouver Cycling Races.