One of the most popular, spectator-friendly sporting events of the summer is just days away from touching down in White Rock.
This weekend, the two-day Tour de White Rock cycling series – which is part of BC Superweek – returns to the seaside city, and will feature some of the world’s top amateur and professional cyclists.
The festivities begin Saturday with the criterium races, which are staged on a one-km course in uptown White Rock, and wrap up Sunday with the road race, in which riders traverse the city’s hilly terrain in between starting and finishing on Marine Drive.
Criterium races begin Saturday at 4:30 p.m., when the men’s category 3/4 riders take off from the start line. They’re followed at 5:30 by the women’s race, and the men’s top-division race, which is set for 6:30 p.m.
Other events are scheduled for earlier in the afternoon, however. As in previous years, a Family Fun Zone will run from 2:30-6 p.m.; a kids bike parade is set for 3 p.m. and a kids bike race for 3:30 p.m., and an under-15 criterium race will take place at 4 p.m.
Live music will follow, as the latest installment of the TD Concert Series will kick off at 8 p.m. at Five Corners.
On Sunday morning, the road race begins at 10 a.m. – the men will race 134 km (11 laps of a 10-km route, followed by five shorter laps), while the women will pedal through eight long laps for a total of 80 km.
Last year, Steve Fisher won the men’s road race, and Kirsti Lay took top spot in the women’s field.