Come down for a night of fun and excitement as cyclists from all around the world gather to compete in an action-packed race in the heart of Gastown. The Gastown Grand Prix (formerly known as Tour De Gastown) is one of the most prestigious cycling races in North America. This year’s race is expected to be the best one yet with more laps, more riders, and more heart-pumping action.

Gastown Grand Prix Becomes Richest Women’s Criterium

Expect to see one of the most competitive women’s fields! Head sponsor, Global Relay, is upping the ante for this year’s race, offering the largest ever purse prize for women’s criterium in North America. The women’s distance will also be increased from 30 to 35 laps (42 km) to reflect the growing calibre of the women’s field, which finished well ahead of schedule last year. 


Race Day Details

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Race Route

The start/finish line is at the corner of Cambie and Water Sreet, near the historic steam clock. Riders will race west from Cambie & Water into the hairpin turn at Water and Cordova. From there they’ll ride east on Cordova before turning left onto Carrall Street around the Gassy Jack statue and back onto Water street towards the steam clock.

Race Schedule

5:45 pm  Opening Ceremonies

6:15 pm  Women’s Start

7:30 pm Men’s Start

9:00 pm Award Presentation

PRO MEN: 50 laps, 60km

PRO WOMEN: 35 laps, 42km

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Where to Watch

Virtually any position along the race route will be an excellent spot to watch riders compete lap after lap in this challenging circuit-style race. Standing room is on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure to arrive early!

If you wish to catch all the adrenaline action of the race with a food or drink at hand, here’s a list of patios and hot spots around the race route.

131 Water Kitchen & Bar – 131 Water Street

Bambo Café – 301 W. Cordova Street

Brioche – 401 W. Cordova Street

Chill Winston – 3 Alexander Street

Cork & Fin – 221 Carrall Street

L’Abattoir – 217 Carrall Street

Old Spaghetti Factory – 53 Water Street

Peckinpah – 2 Water Street

Rainier Provisions – 2 W. Cordova Street

Secret Location – 1 Water Street

Six Acres – 203 Carrall Street

Smart Mouth Café – 131 Water Street

The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall Street

The Cambie Pub – 300 Cambie Street

The Charles Bar – 136 W. Cordova Street

The Diamond – 6 Powell Street

The Flying Pig – 102 Water Street

Tuc Craft Kitchen – 60 W. Cordova Street

Vera’s Burgers – 213 Carrall Street

Water Street Café – 300 Water Street

Getting to Gastown

With limited public parking and street closures, public transit is the best way to get to and from the race. There will be many spectators catching all the live excitement – we recommend you come down before 5:30 pm to ensure you get the most action-packed view.

Coming down on your bike? Tuc Craft Kitchen in partnership with Vancouver Bicycle Valet is providing a bicycle valet for all race spectators and visitors to Gastown on July 9th from 5pm to 10pm. The bike Valet is gated and secure with attendees watching the bikes the entire time. 

The Gastown Grand Prix is a free event! No tickets are required — just come out and enjoy the race on Wednesday July 9
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