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March 10/05 6:41 am - Westside Cycling Classic Confirmed for Vancouver, North Shore MTBers to Reno Trail Conference, OLN Update


Posted by Editoress on 03/10/05
 

Vancouver's Only 2005 Road Race-Westside Cycling Classic Confirmed for Vancouver

Vancouver's newest BC Cup cycling road race has been given the green light by Vancouver City Council, The Westside Classic will be the only cycling Road Race in the City of Vancouver for 2005 and is sure to attract huge crowds and a great field of riders from all over the Pacific Northwest. Three Hundred riders are expected to participate in the race, with funds raised going to support the BC Cancer Foundation.

As part of the Point Grey Fiesta Weekend, the June 19th race will take in some of the city's most spectacular scenery with a 13km loop around the University of British Columbia, the beaches of Spanish Banks, and the very popular and vibrant Point Grey Village.

"Having the backdrop of the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean will draw riders to the city to race, some for the first time," hopes race director Jonathan Wornell. " The route takes in some roads that will be very familiar to local riders and a couple of interesting hills that will create some exciting racing for the crowds to see," adds Wornell.

The start / finish area will be situated in the heart of the West Tenth Village with a total road closure for the final half kilometre.

Merchants in the area are expected to open their stores and have sidewalk stalls in a carnival like atmosphere and Sunday afternoon carnival rides in Trimble Park.

The race is being organised by the Wedgewood Cycling Team and will be one of their main fund raising initiatives for 2005 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support research and care at the BC Cancer Agency.

The Wedgewood Hotel, Washington Marine Group, Bean Around The World Coffee, Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic, and Body & Soul Fitness sponsor the Wedgewood Cycling Team.

More information: www.teamwedgewood.com


North Shore Mountain Bikers Invited to Reno Conference

Representatives from the North Shore are traveling to Reno, Nevada this week to discuss the sport of mountain biking and, in particular, trail building.

North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival and Conference coordinator, Richard Juryn, along with staff from The City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Regional District, are invited guests at the 2005 Trailbuilders Conference, March 6-11 in Reno.

On March 10th (1:00-2:30pm), Richard will host a discussion on "Mitigating the Risk of Technical MTB Trails through Design and Communication".

With the North Shore phenomenon being exported to the USA through magazines and video, technical mountain bike trails are beginning to sprout up south of the border. Can they have technical mountain bike trails that effectively manage and mitigate risk? Richard will explore real-world examples of how North Shore trail builders have handled this important topic.

For more information visit www.trailbuilders.org

The 2005 North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival and Conference will take place May 21st - June 5th. For information, or to register for events, visit www.nsmbfc.com

The NSMBFC is an initiative of Northshore Mountainbike Events Society, a not-for-profit organization established to guide dialogue and solutions for responsible and sustainable mountain biking on the North Shore.


OLN Broadcast Update

Paris Nice Classic (Part 2) - March 13th at 7:30pm
Criterium International Classic - March 27th at 7:30pm
Tour of Flanders Classic - April 3 at 7:00pm ... repeating at midnight
Paris Robaix/Redlands Classics - April 10th at 5pm ....repeating at midnight
Amstel Gold Classic - April 17th at 7:30pm...repeating at midnight
Bastogne Liege/ Sea Otter Classics - April 24th at 7:30pm ...repeating at midnight
Tour of Georgia Classic - May 1st at 7:30pm ...repeating at midnight

 


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