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.
In 2022, for the third consecutive year, the Gastown Grand Prix was cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. Hopefully the race returns in 2023.
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 didn’t happen in 2021 or 2022 either. Hopefully it is able to run again in 2023 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.
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 2023 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.