Don't miss a thing--here are the start times for the races.
The start-finish line is at the iconic corner of Cambie Street and Water Street - right by Global Relay's offices and the Gastown Steam Clock.
WHERE TO WATCH
Because the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is a criterium (circuit-style race), virtually any position along the race route will provide an excellent position to watch the riders complete lap after lap of this challenging course. Oh, and it's free to watch (of course)! There are some great patios around if you want to drink and grab a bite during the race and the turn and Maple Tree Square is sure to be quite exciting! Get there early to get a table.
HOW TO GET HERE
It's going to be jam-packed around Gastown and there will be street closures, so we recommend taking public transit, or --even better-- take your bike!
CAN'T MAKE IT DOWN? LIVE STREAM IT!
That's right - you can still be a part of the action, even if you can't make it down to Gastown. We've got an international field, so let's have an international audience! Starting at 5:45 pm Vancouver time, the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix will go live with streaming footage of the race available anywhere in the world at www.globalrelayGGP.org, including on mobile phones and tablets. The footage will be shot in HD with six cameras and managed centrally from the Global Relay headquarters located above the start/finish line.
There will be pre-race interviews with racers and race officials and all the thrilling race action. There will be noise, speed, sprints and mayhem of top-level North American crit racing, along with the signature hairpin turn, the bricks, the noise, and the charm of the historic Gastown Grand Prix course.
You'll get it all from the starting gun to the spray of champagne from the podium. To top it off, calling the action will be Former Tour de France rider, Canadian Olympian and two-time Gastown Grand Prix winner (2003,2005) Gord Fraser.
Gord Fraser's 2003 Win.
WHAT IS A "CRITERIUM" ANYWAYS?
A Criterium, also called a “crit”, is a high speed action-packed bike race that is held on a closed course, that is usually between 800 and 1,500 meters. Criteriums are mass-start races where riders travel around the course for a set number of laps or time: i.e., 50 laps or 90 minutes. During the race, riders will also race for prizes called primes (pronounced “preems”). If a rider is involved in an accident, they can have one free lap to repair the damage in the mechanics pit before re-entering the race.