Posted by Editor on 12/8/16
Young cyclists, start your pedals. In a rare and exciting development, the 2017 edition of the Hayman Classic has been given the green light for a circuit race on the sleek and sinuous track at Area 27, Canada's newest motorsport speedway.
Located in the sun-drenched hills of the South Okanagan Valley, the track at Area 27 banks and weaves over 4.8 kilometres of rolling terrain that will test riders' speed, stamina and bike-handling skills.
"This is a world-class venue and a huge contribution," said Ron Hayman, the former Olympian and pro racer who is now the driving force behind the event that bears his name, an annual competition that focuses solely on young cyclists.
Many thanks are due to Bill Drossos for a truly special contribution to the Hayman Classic and the sport of cycling, Hayman added. Drossos is the president and general manager of the South Okanagan Motor Sport Corp., the group that owns and operates the racetrack on land leased from the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Hayman said he expects the bike event on Area 27 will attract not only cyclists and cycling enthusiasts, but also friends, family and acquaintances who might want a first-hand look at the racetrack and its spectacular setting in the South Okanagan.
In a change from the past two years, the 2017 version of the Hayman Classic will offer four events: a hill climb on the morning of June 9th; the circuit race at Area 27 on the afternoon of June 9th; a criterium on the afternoon of June 10th; and a road race on the morning of June 11th.
The finishing times in the four events will be added together to give each rider an overall time for the weekend. The effect of this is to turn normally separate events into a rolling stage race with prizes given to those with the best cumulative times.
This is one of the elements that sets the Hayman Classic apart from other youth races. As well, the weekend features a spirited banquet on the Saturday evening to which all are invited - participants, coaches, trainers and parents. Last year's banquet saw a surprise appearance from cycling great Svein Tuft.
Hayman expressed gratitude to Global Relay's Bridge the Gap for its financial contribution to this year's Classic. Global Relay is a major supporter of cycling in Canada; its Bridge the Gap program offers mentorship, coaching and financial aid to talented young cyclists.
Registration for the Hayman Classic opens on January 1st. For more information on registration, accommodation, rules and regulations, go to www.haymanclassic.ca. News, maps and photos of Area 27 can be found at www.area27.ca. Information on Global Relay Bridge the Gap is available at www.grbridgethegap.com.
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