BC Superweek, Canada’s premiere road racing series, is just around the corner, descending on the Vancouver area and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland on July 7. And as the clock ticks down to the first riders lining up at the start, organizers are keeping news about the event coming fast and thick.
This week, organizers announced that July 8’s Ladner Criterium of the Tour de Delta will include a paracycling race—the first of its kind at BC Superweek.
The addition of a paracycling component draws upon the participation of Cycling Canada and Cycling B.C., and officials with BC Superweek are enthusiastic about the new element of competition. “We are both honoured and excited by the inclusion of a paracycling event at BC Superweek,” said Mark Ernsting, Superweek’s series director. “We hope this is the start of a fantastic new event that will grow as all the other events have over the years.”
Registration for the event is free, organizers announced, and is open to a range of classifications, from tandem and tricycle to hand-cycling. Competition rolls out on the same course as the criterium’s pro competition, starting at 4 p.m.
“We are both honoured and excited by the inclusion of a paracycling event at BC Superweek,” said Cycling Canada president John Tolkamp. “This event will showcase an amazing display of courage and athleticism.”
Other events coming up when BC Superweek kicks off include July 14’s PoCo Grand Prix in Port Coquitlam, B.C., just outside Vancouver. It’s a criterium that will cover 1.3 km for 40-65 laps. The event is anticipated to be as thrilling for spectators as it is for competitors, too, with 200 riders in both male and female pro classifications tearing up the asphalt.
On July 11, meanwhile, the New West Grand Prix makes the rounds of New Westminster, B.C.’s historic downtown, taking riders on a 900-m circuit with about 20 m of elevation change on each lap—something that organizers say will make what’s usually a flat-out sprint a bit more interesting.
For more information on the week’s events, visit bcsuperweek.com. BC Superweek, which runs from July 7-16.