Gastown Grand Prix 2012 Prize Pack

Comments 97 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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:

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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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97 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. mariaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:05am PDT

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

  2. Jasmine singheraMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:07am PDT

    Glad to see this one back!

  3. Aaron B.Monday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:08am PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  4. Steve Zussino – Grocery AlertsMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:10am PDT

    Sounds like fun!

  5. Brian WMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:13am PDT

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

  6. JanetMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:14am PDT

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

  7. richard wMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:14am PDT

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

  8. Elaine DMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:18am PDT

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

  9. Peter HMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    Looks like a good time, cheers!

  10. RayMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    Very glad to have this race back.

  11. Donna LMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:28am PDT

    Great to see gastown with some lively events!

  12. AmyMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:38am PDT

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

  13. RachelMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:40am PDT

    Great event!

  14. lucMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:41am PDT

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

  15. MarissaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:42am PDT

    Love the Grand Prix!

  16. JadeMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:44am PDT

    I’d love to win this! Looks great!

  17. TeresaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:47am PDT

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

  18. lindseyMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:47am PDT

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

  19. KenMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:55am PDT

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

  20. DaeMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:59am PDT

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

  21. ameliaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 11:02am PDT

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

  22. MegMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 11:12am PDT

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

  23. LarisaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 11:32am PDT

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

  24. TinaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 11:53am PDT

    Glad to events coming back to Vancouver.

  25. Erin BMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 12:00pm PDT

    so excited to watch the grand prix!

  26. TiffanyMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 12:13pm PDT

    More cowbell! Sounds like fun.

  27. lucy kabatoffMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 12:38pm PDT

    great to hear its back

  28. JeffMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 12:49pm PDT

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

  29. AnnieMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 1:43pm PDT

    I’d love to win this prize!

  30. LorMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 2:17pm PDT

    looks fabulous!

  31. TracyMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 2:27pm PDT

    Looks like a fun event to check out!

  32. SharonMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 2:30pm PDT

    Gastown is the best!

  33. Joel MMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 2:31pm PDT

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

  34. Sylvia YMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 2:51pm PDT

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

  35. KristaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 3:36pm PDT

    Another good reason to visit Gastown!

  36. Robert CarnegieMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 3:44pm PDT

    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.

  37. CoralMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 3:47pm PDT

    I will be there cheering the competitors on

  38. BevMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 4:11pm PDT

    Would love yo in this awesome prize!

  39. Albert CMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 4:15pm PDT

    Cowbells !!

  40. F ChiassonMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 4:32pm PDT

    Go go gastown!

  41. BrandonMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 5:11pm PDT

    Sounds like a fun event

  42. Andrew PickellMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 5:27pm PDT

    Glad to have the Gastown Grand Prix back!

  43. MeganMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 6:11pm PDT

    Please enter me into the draw!

  44. phyMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 6:30pm PDT

    cool prize!

  45. JeffMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 6:30pm PDT

    Great contest!

  46. RobertPMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 6:34pm PDT

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

  47. graceMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 6:55pm PDT

    Looking forward to it.

  48. lizMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 8:36pm PDT

    What a cool event for Gastown.

  49. DanaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 8:40pm PDT

    I’m glad to see this event return!

  50. Mile GismondiMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 9:29pm PDT

    Great prize!

  51. Angela griffinMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 9:30pm PDT

    Super contest!

  52. FlorenceMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:25pm PDT

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

  53. RebeccaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:28pm PDT

    Sounds like a great event!

  54. Mary RoseMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:40pm PDT

    so awesomme if i did this for my birthday!!

  55. CFMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:45pm PDT

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

  56. LaurenMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:46pm PDT

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

  57. GlendaMonday, July 2nd, 2012 — 11:02pm PDT

    sounds great!

  58. LeahTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 7:22am PDT

    Sounds like a great event!

  59. BrandonTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 7:22am PDT

    Would love to win

  60. Emilia TurnerTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:15am PDT

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

  61. CyndiTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:53am PDT

    great to see that it’s back

  62. RubyTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:54am PDT

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

  63. GaryTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:54am PDT

    great event, great prize pack

  64. AnnaTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:56am PDT

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

  65. NoelTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:07am PDT

    Taking my kids to see this awesome race.

  66. TinaTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:17am PDT

    So much fun to watch!

  67. JagTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:37am PDT

    Nice to see that a great event is coming back

  68. StotesTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:37am PDT

    Sounds like fun!

  69. BillTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:38am PDT

    This reminds me to get my bike out of storage

  70. LindaTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:42am PDT

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

  71. DainaTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 10:53am PDT

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

  72. JaegenTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 11:02am PDT

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

  73. ShelleyTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 11:08am PDT

    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!

  74. JeremyTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 12:09pm PDT

    This should be an exciting event!

  75. NikkiTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 1:14pm PDT

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

  76. Notrub604Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 2:45pm PDT

    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.

  77. KristynTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 2:49pm PDT

    I recently moved to Gastown and am looking forward to checking this unique event out 🙂

  78. CaresseTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 5:24pm PDT

    Gotta love the tight bike shorts!

  79. Sunshine GTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 6:18pm PDT

    That looks like a lot of fun!

  80. Lori-Vancouver AirbnbTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 6:49pm PDT

    Glad to have it back…great prize pack too!

  81. AmyTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 6:51pm PDT

    Sounds great!

  82. DarcyTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 7:33pm PDT

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

  83. BalTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:09pm PDT

    great event and great prize pack. Looking forward to it

  84. KatieTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:18pm PDT

    I love lamplighter

  85. ReneeTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:23pm PDT

    Excited to see this back!

  86. SueTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:24pm PDT

    Great contest! count me in!

  87. Sean ElbeTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:25pm PDT


  88. AlanTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:25pm PDT

    Sounds great

  89. ShawnaTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 8:56pm PDT

    See you all there!

  90. DaphneTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:16pm PDT

    Looks like a crazy race!

  91. CarolTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 9:44pm PDT

    great event.

  92. BrendaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:00am PDT

    Gastown is great!

  93. CliffWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:01am PDT

    I like some of the Donnelly bars

  94. NikkiWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:15am PDT

    Where does one aquire a cowbell from??

  95. JackWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:29pm PDT

    I would love a prize pack!!

  96. Melissa EvansThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 1:26pm PDT

    Awesome contest : )

  97. SamTuesday, July 10th, 2012 — 1:16pm PDT

    I’d love to win

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