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Gastown Grand Prix 2012 Prize Pack

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:02am PDT
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The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix returns to the streets of Vancouver July 11, 2012. Coming off a 3-year hiatus, this race is one of the most famous in Canada and it attracts North America’s best cyclists.

Gastown 2006 - Hairpin turn
Gastown Grand Prix 2006 Photo by Greg Descantes

For spectators, it’s a free festival where crowds can line familiar streets in Vancouver’s heritage district and cheer on Olympic-caliber riders — who fly by at over 50km/hour. It’s a challenging race but the reward is worth it as the Gastown Grand Prix features the largest prizes for a criterium in North America. A past winner is a man called Lance Armstrong, that you might have heard of, he won the Gastown Grand Prix in 1991.

Date Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Times Opening ceremonies 5:45pm. Women at 6:15pm, men at 7:30pm.
Where The race starts at the steam clock, does a hairpin turn around Shine, goes down Cordova, turns left on Carrall, around Gassy Jack and then back up water street. Men do 50 laps totalling 60kms. Women do 30 laps totalling 36kms.

I have also been informed that cowbells are encouraged so bring yours down after work if you want to cheer on some cyclist that will be heading onto London 2012.

The race has been brought back after a three-year hiatus thanks to Gastown-based Global Relay who have invested $1 million over the next 5 years.

To celebrate the return of the Gastown Grand Prix, Global Relay Group has offered up a prize pac for a Miss604 reader that includes a limited edition race backpack and $50 to spend at an Donnelly Group establishment (like the Lamplighter in Gastown). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win a @GastownGP prize pack from @Miss604 #GastownGP2012

Follow the Gastown Grand Prix on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Donnelly Group establishments include: The Academic, Cinema, Hooker’s Green, Lamplighter, New Oxford, Metropole, Smileys, Library Square, The Bimini, The Calling, Post Modern, Bar None, Republic, Clough Club, Killjoy, Granville Room.

Update The winner is @_dlight!

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  1. maria says:

    Cool prize pack!! Would love to check out one of those bars!

  2. Jasmine singhera says:

    Glad to see this one back!

  3. Aaron B. says:

    Sounds awesome!

  4. Brian W says:

    I still ride my bicycle with training wheels and this backpack when filled properly will help me from falling over too.

  5. Janet says:

    I went to this a few years ago. It’s super intense and fun!

  6. richard w says:

    Great to hear that a great cycling race is back in Vancouver!

  7. Elaine D says:

    I’d love to win. Thanks for the contest!

  8. Peter H says:

    Looks like a good time, cheers!

  9. Ray says:

    Very glad to have this race back.

  10. Donna L says:

    Great to see gastown with some lively events!

  11. Amy says:

    Would love to check out his grand prix and enjoy the prize pack!

  12. Rachel says:

    Great event!

  13. luc says:

    Going to watch the race, hopefully it won’t be raining!

  14. Marissa says:

    Love the Grand Prix!

  15. Jade says:

    I’d love to win this! Looks great!

  16. Teresa says:

    I would love to watch this race. It’s so exciting! What a neat contest!

  17. lindsey says:

    that sounds exciting and i’ve been dying to dust off my cowbell lol

  18. Ken says:

    it’s great to see this race back! i really wanted to attend, but it has been canceled for years…til now!

  19. Dae says:

    Already volunteering at the Giro of Burnaby so would love to check this out the night before:)

  20. amelia says:

    We may never win our bid to have tour-de-france come through vancouver, but this looks pretty awesome.

  21. Meg says:

    I have yet to see the Gastown Grand Prix in action and would love to see this!

  22. Larisa says:

    This looks like it will be so much fun… i’m going to go dust off my cowbell!

  23. Tina says:

    Glad to events coming back to Vancouver.

  24. Erin B says:

    so excited to watch the grand prix!

  25. Tiffany says:

    More cowbell! Sounds like fun.

  26. great to hear its back

  27. Jeff says:

    I love walking around Gastown. I’ve actually learned a whole lot about the history of the area recently. Interesting stuff.

  28. Annie says:

    I’d love to win this prize!

  29. Lor says:

    looks fabulous!

  30. Tracy says:

    Looks like a fun event to check out!

  31. Sharon says:

    Gastown is the best!

  32. Joel M says:

    Hoping to win that Prize Pack! Looks like a fun event!

  33. Sylvia Y says:

    I’m be down watching the race for sure!! Yay BC Superweek!

  34. Krista says:

    Another good reason to visit Gastown!

  35. Robert Carnegie says:

    I am cycling a lot more now in local rides for charity and would love to get my hands on the backpack. I will definitely be at the GP.

  36. Coral says:

    I will be there cheering the competitors on

  37. Bev says:

    Would love yo in this awesome prize!

  38. Albert C says:

    Cowbells !!

  39. F Chiasson says:

    Go go gastown!

  40. Brandon says:

    Sounds like a fun event

  41. Glad to have the Gastown Grand Prix back!

  42. Megan says:

    Please enter me into the draw!

  43. phy says:

    cool prize!

  44. Jeff says:

    Great contest!

  45. RobertP says:

    I’m so glad the GGP is back. I can’t wait for the big day.

  46. grace says:

    Looking forward to it.

  47. liz says:

    What a cool event for Gastown.

  48. Dana says:

    I’m glad to see this event return!

  49. Mile Gismondi says:

    Great prize!

  50. Angela griffin says:

    Super contest!

  51. Florence says:

    so fun! I went a couple years ago and it was really intense.

  52. Rebecca says:

    Sounds like a great event!

  53. Mary Rose says:

    so awesomme if i did this for my birthday!!

  54. CF says:

    Awesome! I thought that it was gone for good. Great on Global Relay for bringing it back.

  55. Lauren says:

    Wondered what happened to this! Glad it’s back.

  56. Glenda says:

    sounds great!

  57. Leah says:

    Sounds like a great event!

  58. Brandon says:

    Would love to win

  59. Emilia Turner says:

    Glad its back. I have seen it in the past fun, fun

  60. Cyndi says:

    great to see that it’s back

  61. Ruby says:

    36 and 60 kms – makes me tired just thinking about it!

  62. Gary says:

    great event, great prize pack

  63. Anna says:

    Hopefully the participants will have nice weather to race in! Good luck to them all!

  64. Noel says:

    Taking my kids to see this awesome race.

  65. Tina says:

    So much fun to watch!

  66. Jag says:

    Nice to see that a great event is coming back

  67. Stotes says:

    Sounds like fun!

  68. Bill says:

    This reminds me to get my bike out of storage

  69. Linda says:

    Another fun free festival in Vancouver. Thanks for the post.

  70. Daina says:

    So excited this event is coming back. Should be a good time!

  71. Jaegen says:

    So glad to see this race back. It’s an awesome event.

  72. Shelley says:

    This should be fun to watch. Our local boys having been doing great! Sebastian Salas just won King of the Mountains Jersey in the Amgen Tour of California,and Ryder Hesjedal is doing fantastic in The Tour De France. He moved up to 8th place in the overall standings! Go Ryder Go!

  73. Jeremy says:

    This should be an exciting event!

  74. Nikki says:

    A great event for Gastown – can’t wait to see it!

  75. Notrub604 says:

    I can’t wait for this! I have missed this event for years and when I got around to making plans to see it, it was gone! From the crits to our now famous Whisterler GranFondo, this is making cycling even exciting in Vancouver and the rest of Canada.

  76. Kristyn says:

    I recently moved to Gastown and am looking forward to checking this unique event out ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Caresse says:

    Gotta love the tight bike shorts!

  78. Sunshine G says:

    That looks like a lot of fun!

  79. Glad to have it back…great prize pack too!

  80. Amy says:

    Sounds great!

  81. Darcy says:

    Lance Armstrong won that race…not sure the year though.

  82. Bal says:

    great event and great prize pack. Looking forward to it

  83. Katie says:

    I love lamplighter

  84. Renee says:

    Excited to see this back!

  85. Sue says:

    Great contest! count me in!

  86. Sean Elbe says:


  87. Alan says:

    Sounds great

  88. Shawna says:

    See you all there!

  89. Daphne says:

    Looks like a crazy race!

  90. Carol says:

    great event.

  91. Brenda says:

    Gastown is great!

  92. Cliff says:

    I like some of the Donnelly bars

  93. Nikki says:

    Where does one aquire a cowbell from??

  94. Jack says:

    I would love a prize pack!!

  95. Melissa Evans says:

    Awesome contest : )

  96. Sam says:

    I’d love to win

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