TOUR DE WHITE ROCK ADDS YOUTH ROAD RACE

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.