Food is certainly no problem at Five Corners – the only problem is deciding what kind of eats you want. If your group can’t agree, not to worry. There are options to suit just about every whim and notion. Mix and match will be easy. Crit Food is the order of the day.

Let’s start with the Hospitality Garden. Right at the most exciting corner of the Crit, White Rock Rotary will make sure you don’t go thirsty. And local restaurants, including Emilio Finatti and Damiano’s Pizza, will be serving right from the Garden. If you were late to the party last year, you’ll be glad to know that the Garden’s capacity has been doubled this year. That should limit the disappointment!

Taka Sushi is just behind the Hospitality tent and Clancy’s Tea Cozy, just up Pacific, will be presenting their usual elegant tea service in the afternoon. Laura’s Coffee Corner, situated right at the Pacific/Fir racing battleground, is always a crowd favorite for baking, sandwiches and amazing coffee.

Newcomer Barrique will be closed for a private Tour de White Rock celebration but Onyx Steak House, just across Johnston, will be open. So will Five Corner Vietnamese Restaurant, a few steps up Buena Vista. If your favorite viewing spot is at the top end of the Crit course, you’re still covered. If you want a bit of Hawai’i with your racing, Islands Café, on Johnston at Prospect can top you up with authentic poke and great coffee. Two Guys sushi is right there on Roper east of Johnston. And if you’re just after a cold drink and a bag of chips, Howe’s Market will set you up.

Just remember that you’ll be dancing the night away with Big City Soul, so don’t go eating too much.

Want the best place to view the Choices Markets Criterium on Saturday? First, you’ll have to decide what you want to see. There are plenty of good viewing spots for the Crit but where you choose to camp will dictate the kind of action you’ll experience.

The fastest action is at the corner where Johnston, Buena Vista and Pacific meet. The pack has just bombed down Johnston at close on 70kmh and have a nasty corner to make at high speed and with lots of company. There’s good reason for all those hay bales! It’s fast and furious but there’s also tons happening right there.

The stage for the street party is on the northwest corner. The Hospitality Garden is directly across on the southeast. And some of the best food sources for the Crit are on the block along Pacific. The entire stretch down Johnston from Roper is pretty exciting so you can set up pretty much anywhere and get a good view – and there are bleachers in a couple of places if you need to rest your feet. Start and Finish are on this stretch – close to Prospect Avenue.

The corner at Pacific and Fir offers a different perspective. Riders are shifting to attack the Fir Street hill and are positioning themselves for the major strategy portion of the races. This is where the tactical stuff happens – where the lead changes hands and the teams set up to make their play for the preems – and the podium. The Fir Street hill itself doesn’t offer that many spots for good viewing but there are a few – and if you’re into the tactics of Crit racing, this is the place to be.

Some people pick a spot and camp out for the entire event. Others keep moving. Whatever your choice, you’re sure to have a good time. Most importantly, remember to head back for the street party featuring Big City Soul…with thanks to the White Rock BIA for moving their Concerts at the Pier for Saturday July 14 to Five Corners. And to Landmark Premiere Properties for presenting Tour de White Rock Festival Weekend.

Youth Aged 12-16 to Test Themselves on Famed Road Race Circuit

White Rock, BC – Imagine getting the chance to hit at Yankee Stadium, shoot hoops at the old Boston Garden, take the ice at Madison Square Garden, or tee off at the Augusta National Golf Club. It would be awe-inspiring to experience what so many great athletes have. The youth who take the course at the Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties Westminster Savings Road Race will do just that.

Now in its 39th year, the Westminster Savings Road Race has seen World Champions and Olympic Champions ride the famed hills of White Rock, plus cyclists who have competed at the Grand Tour races of the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. Damian O’Hagan is a longtime White Rock cyclist who raced as a junior and now serves as one of the race announcers for the Tour de White Rock. He notes the addition of a youth road race to the Tour de White Rock is significant for the kids.

“The real significance for the youth riders to be riding a road race at the Tour de White Rock is for them to feel their importance as riders and compare themselves to the Pro Cat 1 and 2 riders,” explained O’Hagan. “At the very least, it will certainly give them the incentive to keep pursuing the sport so that perhaps one day they are lining up at the race as a top pro rider.”
The road race course in White Rock has presented a massive test for even some of the most seasoned pro riders and it will for the youth riders as well.
“The Tour de White Rock road course is infamous in North American cycling for both its toughness and its beauty. I remember when I was racing in Europe with the Canadian team and I would tell a rider I was from Vancouver and they would most often ask if I had ridden the Tour de White Rock. They heard through the grapevine what a tough course it was,” O’Hagen continued. “The challenges for the younger riders will be the tight corners and high-speed descents, in most cases they are just not as skilled as some of the seasoned riders, so the course will be intimidating for some of the youth riders for sure.”

For fans watching the Tour de White Rock Youth Road Race, the thrill is seeing the future of cycling in BC, and for the kids taking part, it’s sure to be inspiring.
“It’s a big deal to be part of the show that is the Tour de White Rock when you’re a kid just getting into the sport,” said O’Hagan. “That said, I remember somebody once pointed out to me as a junior… ‘The fast riders are the same as you, they put their pants on one leg at a time, you just need to get stronger and faster and you’ll be lining up with them!’”

The Tour de White Rock Youth Road Race starts at 9 am on Sunday, July 15 and they will ride for 45 minutes. The Pro Men start at 10 am followed by the Women at 10:05 am. BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 6 – 15 and is made up of the Tour de Delta presented by Beedie (July 6 – 8), New West Grand Prix (July 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 11), Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development (July 12), PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres (July 13), and Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties (July 14 – 15).

For more information about BC Superweek, please contact Brian Wiebe at 604-916-8448 or email brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca.