Toronto Criterium scheduled for May 30

First downtown race in 17 years

The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market, Toronto's first downtown bike race in 17 years, will take place Friday, May 30.  

The Criterium builds on Toronto's long heritage of bike racing. From 1894 to 1927, the City hosted the annual Dunlop Trophy Race, attracting North America's top competitors. Many of Canada's top bike road racers are expected to compete. Race organizer Ziggy Martuzalski has already noticed overwhelming interest in the event from across Ontario, Quebec and the Great Lake States.

"I'm ecstatic that we've been able to bring this classic event back to this beautiful and historic venue," says Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee. "This is a showcase event in our Bike Month activities; it's a sign that the City openly embraces cycling both as a sporting event as well as a vital mode of transportation."

The Toronto Criterium kicks off with a Children's Race at 5:45 pm.  Anyone under 18 is welcome to participate. Competitive cycling begins at 6:00 pm with Masters level amateur races. The professional and elite athletes race at 7:30 pm. Each competitive race last for 90 minutes.

Racers can register for this Ontario Cycling Association sanctioned race at http://www.ontariocycling.org. The total value of prizes for the race is $20,000.

Spectators will also be able to browse the Bike Expo in Bercyz Park behind Toronto's historic Flat Iron Building. Cervélo, Duke's, Toronto Trek Store, Racer Sportif, Skiies and Biikes, Sweet Pete's Bike Shop, KHS Bikes, Rocky Mountain Bikes, RB Inc, Velend Tech and Opus Bikes will be exhibiting the latest in bikes and bike-related equipment.

For more information, visit  http://www.torontocriterium.com.

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