BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Racers at the 2017 Gastown Grand Prix. Photo via GlobalRelayGGP.org

If you want to catch some of North America’s best cyclists in action, check out BC Superweek. From July 5-14 the Vancouver area hosts nine different pro cycling races in six different communities. Each race has a slightly different format, but they all take place on local streets so they’re free to watch. The racing gets pretty exciting as the athletes can hit speeds of up to 70kph! Plus, many of the races have fun extras like kids events, live music, or beer gardens.

There are two main types of races in the series. A criterium is a race where riders do laps around the same short circuit, jockeying for position. There is a lot of sprinting. (Tip: If you want to sound like a pro, call it a “crit”.) The road race is more of an endurance event where the cyclists race a longer course. Both are pretty fun to watch. Here’s a full listing of all the races you can check out.

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BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Crush Your 2019 Fitness Goals at these Vancouver Races

Is your 2019 fitness goal to push your limits to run a marathon? Or maybe cycle up a mountain, or compete in an Ironman event? Race season is coming up and you’re in luck because Vancouver’s mild climate paves the way for the city to host internationally attended running, cycling, and triathlon events. Which means that you could plan a holiday around your race goal – it’s a win-win situation.

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Crush Your 2019 Fitness Goals at these Vancouver Races

Timelapse video of the Gastown Grand Prix

Video credit: Andrew Budreski