Author: Shirley Wong
– David Guetta (from “Titanium”)
BC Superweek (July 10-18th) is an exciting time for local cycling fans . We get to watch a cluster of pro cycling races right in our own backyard: Tour de Delta, UBC Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby and the Tour de White Rock.
For years, Mike and I have been fans of the Gastown and Burnaby races which are very different by nature of their neighbourhoods. In the Gastown Grand Prix, riders have the challenge of riding over a narrow brick road with a slight incline (that can quickly feel exhausting). It’s a crazy, noisy race which attracts 20k spectators that’s set in a hip neighbourhood. We love taking our usual place along a stretch of Water Street where the crowd roars, ring their cycling “cowbells” and pound the fence to cheer on the riders as they pass.
The Giro di Burnaby is in our backyard. The circuit zips along long stretches of East Hastings Street, briefly turns off onto blocks to race past houses and reappears again on Hastings. It’s also very flat and smooth, so the race feels extremely fast. We’re proud that Burnaby is so committed to this sport that every year they shut down a major artery of Hastings for hours, which is normally clogged with rush hour traffic.
On our bucket list: eventually check out all the races in one week. Enjoy our favourite pics from Wednesday’s Gastown race and Thursday’s Burnaby race!
Shirley & Mike