Photos courtesy of Greg Descantes

Athens, GABC Superweek’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is expected to attract one of the most talented men’s and women’s fields in its history on July 9, following today’s announcement that the race will join the prestigious USA CRITS Championship Series for 2014.

The USA CRITS Championship Series is the premiere cycling series in the United States, featuring legendary downtown criteriums like Georgia’s Athens Twilight Criterium and Boise’s Andersen/Banducci Twilight Criterium. The Gastown Grand Prix is the only stop the series will make outside the United States.

Located in the historic heart of Vancouver, the Gastown Grand Prix is famous for its brick streets, $50,000 prize purse, large and loud crowds, and for offering the largest winning prizes in North American crit racing. Recent winners include two-time winner Ken Hanson, who claimed the $15,000 first prize in 2013 riding for Optum Pro Cycling, and teammate Leah Kirchmann, who beat Gastown’s largest ever women’s field in 2013.

“We’re very excited to have the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix as part of the 2014 USA CRITS Championship Series,” said Gene Dixon, Director, USA CRITS. “Gastown showcases North American street track racing with its incredible venue and electric atmosphere.”