Racing RoundUp: July 2019

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Have we mentioned BORN North America is based in Vancouver BC, Canada? We’re clearly proud of our local riders and their accomplishments but in the running for our favourite week of the year is BC Superweek. Hundreds of racers from across North America and the world flock to Vancouver for 9 pro races over 10 days. It’s a chance for our local athletes to shine, but also the best week of spectator-friendly racing in the PNW. So if you’re not racing, read on to make sure you schedule your week from July 5-14th and pack your cowbells!

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Even with Superweek approaching there’s still the Escape Velocity WTNC series on Tuesday nights, though check the schedule, they do miss two nights this month to go watch Superweek racing. Coastal Race Club races in Richmond are on Thursdays, though check in as well during Superweek to see if they’re racing.

July 5-7th: Superweek’s Tour de Delta. Two exciting criteriums, Friday night in North Delta is a challenging start to the week, featuring a downhill finish and a punishing ascent on the back-straight. Saturday, the Ladner Criterium features much less elevation gain, but the technical circuit sees riders struggling if they’re too far from the front of the race. See the website for more details. The weekend caps with the UCI 1.2 White Spot Delta Road Race. UCI points means everyone is racing hard and aggressively and sure to provide anything but a boring road race circuit. The best part is, watching this road race from the finish means seeing the riders pass by many, many times as the finish line features twice in each loop of the butterfly shaped course.

July 9th: Superweek’s New West GP in downtown New Westminster. Specating is made super easy as the skytrain station exit literally puts you on the race course, so if you’re planning on hitting some of the local patios for a drink or two before watching you’re set for a ride home. Punishing may be too gentle a word for this course. The Carnarvon Street climb’s huge combined elevation gain of almost 1000 meters in just over an hour means there’s some great suffer faces, with the rest of the course dedicated to crazy speed as the elevation gains are all lost in one short descent.

July 10th: Superweek’s Gastown GP is surely the week’s highlight. With equal top prizing of $12,000 for first place, the Pro fields race HARD. In historic Gastown in downtown Vancouver, there’s easy Skytrain transit access while food, drink and patio nightlife on course makes this a true spectacle of bike racing spectatorship. It also uniquely features the head office of the events sponsor Global Relay, as well, the shopfront of BORN NA’s favourite crit squad’s title sponsor: Fluevog’s Crit Nasty.

July 11th: Superweek’s Giro di Burnaby is a great family event. On Hastings street perched on the hill passed Boundary road you can catch North America’s best crit riders tackling a difficult 180° turn after the fastest section of the course. Made great for the family by the local restaurants, cafes and well, Ice Cream!

July 12th: Superweek’s PoCo Grand Prix features a technical but fast circuit. A good course for potential breakaways, or an exciting sprint finish. Circling City Hall in the center of the course, there isn’t much further to go to discover the nature of a town-core criterium. Local racers have had the chance to shine here before, with many pros getting tired legs post Gastown.

July 13-14th: Superweek's final events the Tour of White Rock are by no means an easy end to a hard week. Saturday’s criterium through downtown White Rock features a downhill finish, with an uphill on the back straight that riders never really recover from on a short tight course. Sunday sees the last event of the week, White Rock’s road race being among the hardest circuits in BC. If you’ve been to White Rock before, you’re familiar with it’s position nestled essentially on a cliff beside the sea. The challenging circuit watches riders cruise along the beach, but don’t be mistaken, when they’re not on the beach front, their smashing up the steep climbs of White Rock. A great challenge to the end of the week, the secret here is jumping in the Pacific Ocean post race for an ice-bath.

July 14th: Marks the start of Fondo Season with the Axel Merckx Gran Fondo in sunny Penticton BC. Yes, that Merckx. Check out the website for more details.

July 20th: The Valley Fondo based out of Fort Langley BC, is a beautiful rolling ride through some of greater Vancouver’s best cycling roads. See website for more.

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