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BC Criterium Championships July 28, 2018 Jonathan Rogers Park/Mt Pleasant




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Welcome to the Awesome  Grand Prix! An introduction to Criterium  Racing Rider profiles  iRide’s cycling tips  kids for Schedule of events  Site Map  Where to drink near the Awesome  Grand Prix Where to eat near the Awesome  Grand Prix Vancouver’s best cycling  routes Mount Pleasant’s most Instagram  worthy spots Bicicletta Vancouver 


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The inaugural Awesome Grand Prix happens July 28, 2018. Taking place in Mount Pleasant, the Awesome Grand Prix is all about experiencing British Columbian criterium racing alongside a day of great food, beer, kids activities, and more. Watch as elite competitors race for Provincial glory in Jonathan Rogers Park, grab a cold one and make a few friends at the Red Truck Beer Garden or chow down on some delicious food from one of the onsite food trucks or nearby restaurants.


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In addition to professional cycling, Cycling BC’s iRide team will be testing out young riders with stunts and obstacle courses throughout the day, complete with a fun and safe criterium race for kids. Be sure to explore the neighbourhood; Mount Pleasant is teeming with art, history, and plenty of sights just waiting to be discovered. Have an awesome time!

what is criterium? So, what is Criterium Racing? Criterium Racing is an action packed style of cycle racing held on a short circuit, usually only 1km in length. Races last between 45-75 minutes and spectators can expect to see racers zoom past every 90 seconds at speeds of up to 60km/h! This year’s Awesome Grand Prix (AGP) will serve as the Provincial Criterium Championship for 2018 and 2019. All riders with a Provincial Racing license or UCI Racing license can race in their category. The Awesome Grand Prix will showcase individuals and teams of up to 6 riders competing for both cash prizes and first place.

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rider profiles

name: team:

Sarah Coney LA Sweat

Sara Bergen

career highlights:

• R epresented Canada at the Junior World Mountain Bike Championships • R epresented Canada at Les Jeux de Francophonie •B  .C. Provincial Track Champion •H  as raced all over North America and Europe Sarah Coney

name: team:

Sara Bergen Rally Cycling

career highlights:

• Current Canadian National Criterium Champion 2018 Photo: mythicalstateof.com

• Multiple B.C. Provincial Championships • 2016 Canadian National Team – UCI World Championship • 2nd UCI White Spot Delta Road Race 2016 • 2nd Joe Martin Stage Race 2018


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Criterium Races are always an incredible display of skill, talent and athleticism. Here are some of the better-known racers that will be participating in this year’s Awesome Grand Prix.

name: team:

Nigel Kinney L anglois Brown Racing

ryan Aitcheson

career highlights:

•1  st place in GC Tour De Walla 2016 • 1st place in Tour De Bloom 2015 and 2016

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• 1st place in Mutual of Enumclaw Road Race 2018

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Ryan Aitcheson Pender Racing

career highlights:

• USA Criterium Points Champion 2016 • 1st place in Athens Twilight Criterium 2016 • 1st place in Snake Alley 2017 Nigel Kinney


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iRide Cycling BC's iRide program is designed to inspire the next generation of cyclists and riders.

Every year, iRide coaches thousands of participants, helping youth discover their own love for cycling while also connecting them with fun and safe cycling programs across the province. Here are iRide’s top tips for helping kids learn how to cycle: If your kids don’t know how to ride yet, get a balance bike, or take the training wheels off their current bike and lower the seat until their feet can fully touch the ground while sitting. Teach your kids to always squeeze/ enable the brakes when they are not moving. This should help prevent any minor accidents while learning. Work on just coasting or “scooting” and maintaining balance before

introducing pedaling. Once kids can scoot and coast on a 1% downhill gradient for 10 seconds, then it’s time to start pedaling. In addition to the adult Criterium races, Cycling BC's iRide team will be testing out Vancouver’s future riders with stunts and obstacle courses throughout the day, complete with a fun and safe kids criterium race on the grass at 3:00pm.


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race schedule Category

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ELITE MEN (1,2 + U23)




*NC = Non-Championship *5 minutes between each race; podiums and results posted within 30 minutes of each race.

Kids Stuff There will be a family-friendly Criterium Race for kids on the grass at 3:00pm.

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brews Where to drink beer near the Awesome Grand Prix Cycling is hard work, and, darn it, so is watching cycling. You deserve a cold one. Luckily, the area surrounding the Awesome Grand Prix is packed with fantastic craft breweries with tons of taps (and lots of snacks) for thirsty race enthusiasts to go after the action. R&B Brewing Ale & Pizza House 54 East 4th Avenue

Electric Bicycle Brewing 20 East 4th Avenue Big Rock Urban Brewery 310 West 4th Avenue

Brassneck Brewery

Faculty Brewing 1830 Ontario Street Brassneck Brewery 2148 Main Street 33 Acres 15 West 8th Avenue

Main Street Brewing Company

Craft Beer Market

Main Street Brewing 261 East 7th Avenue 33 Acres Brewing

Craft Beer Market 85 West 1st Avenue Brewhall 97 East 2nd Avenue Tap & Barrel 1 Athletes Way


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Red Truck Beer Company is Awesome Red Truck Beer Company 295 East 1st Avenue It’s impossible to tell the story of Vancouver’s Red Truck Beer Company without taking a trip into the city’s sudsy past. The craft brewer has been in its Mount Pleasant digs since 2015, when they launched their brewing facility, diner, shop, and parking lot, which are perfect for summer events like their popular concert series. In this real estate-focused town, we all know it’s about location, location, location. Red Truck certainly found the perfect location: Right where the Vancouver Brewery used to stand, on the banks of “Brewery Creek.” But Red Truck’s roots go back even further, to even a decade earlier, when they began in North Vancouver, and would trundle their brews to Nat Bailey Stadium for delivery in an old ‘46 Dodge Pickup that brewery owner Mark James called “Old Weird Harold.” You don’t have to guess what colour “Old Weird Harold” is. The truck is red, of course, and you can still spot him every now and then when the brewery brings him out for special occasions. A visit to Red Truck’s HQ can easily be a special occasion, whether you’re

going on a tour of the facility or just there for a pint and some comfort eats at their Truck Stop Diner. On the menu are big takes on hearty classics, from loaded burgers and hot dogs to a double-decker grilled cheese sandwich or a fried chicken sandwich. Bonus: It’s always breakfast time at Red Truck, so you can fuel up on egg dishes and a killer breakfast burger, too. On tap: Red Truck brews. Their classic line-up includes an IPA, Lager, and Ale, while seasonal favourites include their Blackberry Bourbon Ale, which is perfect for summertime sipping. One awesome side note about Red Truck is their commitment to sustainability; they recycle all spent grain as animal feed, brew with power-saving methods, use L.E.D. bulbs and natural light, and have an array of other conscientious ways they are treading more lightly with every beer they make. We’ll drink to that!


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bites Where to eat near the Awesome Grand Prix Still hungry for a little more after your time at the Awesome Grand Prix? There are so many great places to grab a bite near the event site. Check out a few of our favourites. Railtown Cafe 1691 Main Street Fresh, fun, and casual sandwiches, salads, and soups, plus tasty baked goods.

Railtown Cafe

Fable Diner 151 E Broadway Modern diner classics in the historic Lee Building. Chicha 136 East Broadway Get cozy in this hot spot for Peruvianinspired tapas, brunch, and Pisco-fueled cocktails. Peaceful Restaurant 43 East. 5th Avenue 532 West Broadway Hand-pulled noodles and a signature beef roll at this local Chinese staple. Peaceful Restaurant

La Taqueria 2521 Main Street Get a bite of some of the city’s best tacos at this newest outpost. Shishinori 2328 Cambie Street Beautiful bowls of fresh seafood and greens at this Japanese eatery. Pepper Lunch 2323 Cambie Street Sizzling platters of rice or noodles at this family-friendly spot. Assembli 2325 Cambie Street Build your own pizza or salad. Same price for unlimited toppings. Rumpus Room 2301 Main Street Playful, decadent “cheat eats” perfect for the weekend at this resurrected local favourite.


The Juice Truck Store 28 West 5th Avenue Daytime spot for plant-based light bites and super-fuelling smoothies and juices.


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Benkei Ramen

Benkei Ramen 545 West Broadway Slurp bowls of cold ramen to cool off, or sweat it out with their signature spicy bowls.

The Narrow Lounge 1898 Main Street Evening spot for snacks, share plates, and top notch tipples. Wallflower Diner 2420 Main Street Comfort eats, including many vegan and vegetarian versions.

Tractor 1751 Quebec Street 601 West Broadway Fresh salads at this mix-and-match fast casual eatery.

Tap & Barrel 1 Athletes Way It’s hard to beat the waterfront views of this casual restaurant with great wine and beer, all on tap.

The Flying Pig 127 West 2nd Avenue Sit down for some Canadian fare with a (often meaty) twist.

Earnest Ice Cream 1829 Quebec Street See what’s scooping at this classic Vancouver ice cream shop.

Bao Down Gastropub 115 West 2nd Avenue Big bold flavours at this bright and brash spot with a pan-Asian flair.

Yolk’s Breakfast 546 West Broadway The early bird gets the brunch — one of the city’s favourites, in fact.

Milano Coffee Roasters 156 West 8th Avenue Have a cup of coffee at this venerable Vancouver cafe, with a balcony overlooking the park.

Brewhall 97 East 2nd Avenue Raise a glass, grab some grub, play some games at this brand new spot in Olympic Village.

WildTale 165 West 2nd Avenue Sibling location to the Yaletown original where you’ll find fresh West Coast-style seafood.

Eight ½ Restaurant Lounge 151 East 8th Avenue Modern outpost featuring local, seasonal dishes, thin crust pizza and cocktails, with a small patio.


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Places to ride The best places to cycle in Vancouver We’re fortunate to live in a city that has fantastic riding routes in pretty much every neighbourhood. With so many options available to us, it’s hard to know where to start. To help get your wheels on the road, we asked the team at Bicicletta to highlight what they think are the city’s best routes.

Vancouver – Horseshoe Bay Just a stone's throw from the ocean (literally), the Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay route you will take you through Stanley Park, West Vancouver and across the rolling hills of Marine Drive out to Whytecliff park, where you’ll experience a fantastic view of Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast. North Shore Mountains For the aspiring polka dot jersey winners (mountain climbers), Cypress Mountain and Seymour Mountain each offer challenging routes and rewarding city views. With easy access from downtown through West Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is definitely a crowd-favourite. Once on the mountain, the climb to the top of Cypress is approximately 11km, with 900m in


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Stanley Park Loop Vancouver’s iconic multi-use park boasts an easy 10km one-way loop with incredible ocean and mountain views that punctuate the entire ride. This route is ideal for sunrise group training sessions, quick lunch break cruises, or lazy weekend rides.

elevation gain. With the weather changing quickly on the West Coast, we recommend taking a jacket for the fun and fast descent. Some others cycle-friendly areas to check out include Deep Cove, Seymour Demonstration Forest, and Belcarra. Strava can help a new or visiting cyclists find popular routes in any city using the app’s “explore” function. Download to discover more of the city’s best routes.


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instaworthy spots Where to feed your Instagram feed near the Awesome Grand Prix Doing it for the ‘gram? Not a problem! If you’ve got your smartphone camera and some time to roam around the streets near Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant and Olympic Village, you should definitely check out some of these colourful spots.

Crossing Cambie St Bridge

Heritage homes A number of residences in the community have Heritage status or are at least character homes that have withstood the test of time--though not all are in tip-top shape. Whether you like painstakingly restored exteriors to peeling paint jobs, there are plenty of vintage beauts to ogle between Cambie and Main between Broadway and 2nd.

Cambie Bridge Head north over the Cambie Bridge and to the east you’ve got a pretty IG-perfect look at the water, evolving skyline, and Science World. False Creek Take a stroll alongside False Creek to get more up close and personal with the local sights, from boats on the water to the iconic spires of B.C. Place and the always-enjoyable Science World sphere.


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Take the alleys Skip the main streets and duck around back to go through the neighbourhood’s alleys, where you’ll find loads of compelling photoworthy material, from colour pops in loading docks to street art hidden gems. Between 6th and 7th from Quebec to Columbia is a great detour with some photogenic surprises. Plan for patterns There are some incredible exteriors in the area that make for cool close-ups or beautiful backdrops. Solid blue cinder

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Alley between 6th and 7th

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blocks, subtly textured tiling, painted bricks, mosaics and more dot the streets of Mount Pleasant. The exterior of HootSuite’s HQ at 5 East 8th is pretty eye-catching, too, as is the outside of the building on Manitoba between 6th and 7th.

fests gone by. There’s David Shillinglaw’s red and black shape-studded “Untitled” pieces on 5th at Alberta, or Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel’s “Canadian secret mountains” at PortLiving at 4th and Alberta to ogle. Up on the south side of Broadway at Yukon there’s an older mural showing the neighbourhood in years gone by (complete with an old streetcar trolley), while across the street on the Yukon side of the former Menya Ramen shop there is a beautiful wall with birds and flowers. Broadway and yukon

Mural mania The walls of Mount Pleasant are the focal point of the Vancouver Mural Fest year after year, with fresh works going up for 2018, and the beautiful remainders of

Ontario between 7th and 8th, streetart, heart-puzzle

Chill Out Cross Main Street and head to Brunswick between 7th and 8th to find Dude Chilling Park. When it’s not being whisked away by trophy seekers, the park sign itself is a classic photo-op.


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