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July 9 2014

Gastown Grand Prix Returns Tonight!

GASTOWN GRAND PRIX SETS NEW RECORD

Our storied streets will transform into a racecourse to welcome Canada’s oldest one-day cycling championship. Since Gastown’s very first Grand Prix in 1973, this high-speed criterium has grown to become one of North America’s most prestigious and unique races. This year’s race will set a record for the most participants and the largest prize purse in North America for a single criterium.

RACE ROUTE

gastown grand prix route

Expect to see heart pumping action at every corner of this circuit-style race. The start/finish line will be at the intersection of Cambie and Water Street.
 

Course length: 1.2km

Men’s race: 50 laps, 60 km

Women’s race: 35 laps, 42 km

RACE DAY SCHEDULE

5:45 pm      Opening Ceremonies

6:15 pm      Women’s Start

7:30 pm      Men’s Start

9:00 pm      Award Presentation

WHERE TO WATCH

Standing anywhere along the race route will give you an action packed view. You can literally watch Olympic-calibre cyclists fly by the sideboards at epic speeds just inches away!

Want to watch with food and drink at hand? Here’s a list of hot spots along the race route: 
 

Water Street Café – 300 Water Street

131 Water Kitchen & Bar – 131 Water Street

Smart Mouth Café – 131 Water Street

The Flying Pig – 102 Water Street

Old Spaghetti Factory – 53 Water Street

Peckinpah – 2 Water Street

Secret Location – 1 Water Street

Chill Winston – 3 Alexander Street


Six Acres
 – 203 Carrall Street

Vera’s Burgers – 213 Carrall Street

The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall Street

L’Abattoir – 217 Carrall Street

Cork & Fin – 221 Carrall Street

The Diamond – 6 Powell Street


Bambo Café
 – 301 W. Cordova Street

Brioche – 401 W. Cordova Street

The Charles Bar – 136 W. Cordova Street

Tuc Craft Kitchen – 60 W. Cordova Street

The Cambie Pub – 300 Cambie Street

Rainier Provisions – 2 W. Cordova Street

*Select bars and restaurants will play the race on their TVs through Livestream

RACE DAY SPECIALS

To celebrate the Gastown Grand Prix, select restaurants are offering race day specials. Be sure to grab a copy of the Gastown Grand Prix Race guide to present at participating restaurants. Check here for race day specials.
 

HOW TO GET HERE

Public transit is the best way to get to and from the Grand Prix. Since standing spots are first come first serve, it is recommended you come down before 5:30 pm to ensure you get the best view.
 

BIKE VALET

Tuc Craft Kitchen is offering a bicycle valet service for all race spectators from 5pm-10pm. The bike valet is gated and secure with Vancouver Bicycle Valet attendees watching the bikes for the entire time.
 

SEE YOU AT THE RACE!

Bring your friends and family for this entirely free event starting at 5:45pm! For more information, visit www.globalrelayggp.org.

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