Elite cyclists prepare for Sunday’s grand prix

Russ Hay’s/Accent Inn Grand Prix in downtown Victoria Sunday

Elite cyclists are expected to put on a show at the Russ Hay’s/Accent Inn Grand Prix in downtown Victoria Sunday.

Cyclists will race around the B.C. legislature.

The route is similar to a one-kilometre course around the legislature that was previously used in the late 1980s.

With the start/finish located on Belleville Street, the racers will turn south on Government Street, followed by turning west on Superior.  The back stretch will see the racers head north on Menzies and turn east back to Belleville Street.

“We have always wanted to raise the bar with respect to creating a better spectator experience for our event. We also feel the venue change will help to showcase Victoria as a great cycling tourism destination,” said race director Jon Watkin.

“But what isn’t changing is the calibre of the competition – Canada’s top cyclists will be showcased throughout the weekend – and the opportunities for cyclists of all ages and abilities through various events.”

The grounds of the B.C. legislature will also include new family friendly activities.

“Having access to the B.C. legislature grass area allows us to expand our children and family activities and to create a more lively atmosphere that celebrates cycling for all ages and abilities,” Watkin said.

The ever-popular Tim Horton’s Timbits Challenge will continue on the new circuit and is expected to attract more than 150 kids ages 3 to 10.

“You can’t help but smile when watching this event. The kids have a blast,” said Timbits Challenge coordinator Sandy McClary.

“Everyone gets a medal, T-shirt, water bottle, and a pack of Timbits – and the registration is free.”

Racing starts at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The men’s elite event is set to roll at 1 p.m. with a 50-lap race.

For more information on the cycling series, visit the website atvictoriabikerace.com.

 

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