Local Ride Racing would like to remind cyclists who are keen to participate in this year’s editions of the popular Lower Mainland spring classics, Barry’s Roubaix, the Pitt Polder Time Trial, and Race the Ridge Stage Race, that early-bird registration discounts are only available until February 28, and popular categories, such as Cat 3/4 Men, are expected to sell out.
Registration for the three popular Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows events, set to take place this April, is available online at Karelo.com.
“Local Ride Racing’s spring events are some of the biggest early-season races in BC. They’re a great way for riders across the province to test their form as they prepare for goal events later in the season, like the National Championships,” said Maple Ridge event organizer Barry Lyster.
The 2014 Pitt Polder Time Trial in Pitt Meadows on Saturday, April 12 will feature a new course that will start at the same place as Barry’s Roubaix the following day, near the Ridge Meadows BMX Track. This 12.5-kilometre out-and-back course will head south on Kennedy Road toward the Pitt Meadows Airport and promises to be a fast, flat rip along the area’s scenic agricultural roads. Winds will likely affect the race as riders battle against the clock.
The rural roads and picturesque Pitt Meadows dyke network will become a battleground on Sunday, April 13, as Barry’s Roubaix road race hosts the province’s top cyclists. The event pays homage to the historic European Spring Classic, Paris-Roubaix. Barry’s Roubaix, which is held on the same day as the famed French race, simulates the legendary bone-rattling cobblestone sectors with the inclusion of a large section of gravel dyke in the 10-kilometre course.
Cyclists will flock to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for Local Ride Racing’s marquis road cycling event, Race the Ridge, on the weekend of April 26-27, for what is one of the longest-running cycling stage races in BC. The rider with the lowest cumulative time after the final of three races will be crowned champion.
Race the Ridge is part of Cycling BC’s prestigious new BC Premier Road Series. Race the Ridge recently tied for second place in the Best Canadian Race Events category in Pedal Magazine’s 2013 Awards, as voted by readers from across the country.
“With the introduction of the new BC Premier Series, the positive changes that are continuing to happen within Cycling BC, and our passionate community of organizers, racers, and volunteers, I’m confident that 2014 is going to be hallmark year for racing in our province,” said Lyster.
“I encourage races to take advantage of these valuable registration discounts and help make the lives of organizers easier by registering early,” added Lyster.
Registration for the Pitt Polder Time Trial can be found here.
Registration for Barry’s Roubaix can be found here.