Monday, May 2, 2011

Race the Ridge, May 7/8

Some of you may have heard of the annual Race the Ridge cycling event. This Cycling Stage Race is presented by Local Ride Bike Shop in Maple Ridge. This year it's confirmed for May 7-8, and it’s on track to be the biggest edition in the event’s nine-year history.

This challenging three-stage road cycling race showcases the diversity and beauty of the Maple Ridge area, while offering exciting, high-speed, and spectator-friendly cycling events on tried and true courses. The competitions kick off on the morning of Saturday, May 7 with the scenic yet lung-busting 22km Golden Ears Time Trial. That evening features the most spectacular event of the weekend – the Town Core Criterium. This fast-paced, aggressive race in the heart of downtown Maple Ridge will see riders taking risks in order to come out on top in this multiple lap contest. In traditional stage race style, the final event of the weekend will be a road race. On Sunday, May 8, Race the Ridge will once again see competitors challenge the rolling 10km Thorn Hill course, using strategy, smarts, and pure strength as they vie for the win over multiple laps of this demanding circuit.

As always, Race the Ridge will continue its important mandate to develop the next generation of cyclists by offering a full Youth Stage Race with three stages for youth under 17 and a free kid’s race on Saturday, May 7 during the Town Core Criterium festivities.

For the more laid-back cyclist who doesn't quite feel up to the challenge, the Town Core Criterium, which runs from 3:30 pm until about 8:30 pm, is a pretty spectacular race to watch. So come on out for a great afternoon full of action and excitement! For the schedule of the race and a map of the course, click here.

Our Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows VACC Chapter will operate a bike valet at this event in Memorial Peace Park, next to the Leisure Centre, right where the race takes place. We will be handing out discount coupons to participating and spectator cyclists for local businesses, such as restaurants and coffee shops.

Hope to see you there!

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