Race the Ridge Set to Rock Ridge Meadows This Weekend

Round Two of Cycling BC’s Premier Road Series to Test Province’s Top Riders

April 22, 2014 (Maple Ridge, B.C.) – The 12th Annual Race the Ridge cycling stage race and second round of the prestigious new BC Premier Road Series promises to test the province’s top riders as they do battle over three challenging stages on the scenic cycling roads of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows this weekend, April 26-27.

“Race the Ridge is such a cool event for racers and spectators,” said event organizer Local Ride’s Barry Lyster of Maple Ridge. “It’s a unique event with excellent courses and the opportunity for fans to see the action up close, especially at Sunday morning’s Town Core Crit right in the heart of Maple Ridge’s downtown core.”
 
Registration for the event closes at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Registration can be found at www.karelo.com.

Local Ride Racing's Steve Devantier of Pitt Meadows contests the Town Core Crit. Photo: Paul Craig

Local Ride Racing's Steve Devantier of Pitt Meadows contests the Town Core Crit. Photo: Paul Craig

This year, as a part of Cycling BC’s new BC Premier Road Series, Lyster expects to attract even more high-calibre riders who will add even more excitement to the competitions.
 
“Our aim is to make winning the BC Premier Series a goal for BC’s top racers – something that they can be proud of and aspire to,” said Lyster.
 
The hallmark event of the weekend is the third and final stage, Sunday’s Town Core Criterium, a thrilling, high-speed spectacle that will determine the overall winners. Packs of riders will speed through the tight turns of this technical 800-metre downtown Maple Ridge course at up to 50 kilometres per hour as they sprint for prime prizes and the 2014 title.

Getting ready to ride in the free kid's race. Photo: Paul Craig

Getting ready to ride in the free kid's race. Photo: Paul Craig

Sunday’s program also features a free kid’s race at 12:30 p.m., which will take place near the race hub at Memorial Peace Mark. There will be road closures in effect and limited parking in the downtown core for this event, so spectators are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to check out the show.
 
The weekend gets rolling early Saturday morning for stage one, the Thorn Hill Road Race, which starts at Thorn Hill Elementary School and puts riders’ legs to the test on multiple laps of a relentlessly hilly 9.8-kilometre loop on the rural roads of Maple Ridge’s Thorn Hill area.

The Cat 1/2 Men's breakaway during the 2013 Thorn Hill Road Race. Photo: Paul Craig

The Cat 1/2 Men's breakaway during the 2013 Thorn Hill Road Race. Photo: Paul Craig

Saturday afternoon’s stage two Pitt-Polder Time Trial is an individual race against the clock in Pitt Meadows in an all-out 12.5-kilometre effort that ends on rough pavement and features generally blustery winds on the run-in to Pitt Lake. Riders will take off at 30-second intervals and aim to log the fastest times and earn precious seconds in the overall stage race ranking.
 
Last week, Local Ride announced the opening of a separate Cat 4 Men’s category for the popular race. The Cat 4 Men's field was originally combined with the Cat 3 Men's field.

“There is a strong growth of new riders entering our sport here in B.C., and giving these racers their own category will only help to support this growth," explained Lyster.
 
However, if registration for the newly opened category is too low, the categories will be recombined for the race.
 
As a race organizer for over 15 years, Lyster is a champion of cycling development in his community and in the province. He believes that by offering high-quality events and races that appeal to a wide range of riders, the sport has a huge potential for growth. Lyster is especially passionate about spreading the cycling word, because he has three young daughters, all of whom love riding bikes.

Local Ride Racing's Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge has her sights set on the Cat 3/4 Women's win. Photo: Paul Craig

Local Ride Racing's Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge has her sights set on the Cat 3/4 Women's win. Photo: Paul Craig

Local Ride Racing's Maggie-Coles Lyster, 15, is Lyster’s oldest daughter and most competitive. She has won numerous provincial titles in multiple cycling disciplines and is setting her sights high. The young star will naturally be racing on her home turf this weekend, aiming to win the Cat 3/4 women’s category. She will also be riding the way her late coach, Jeremy Storie, taught her: aggressively with the intent of affecting the outcome.
 
By offering a Jeremy Storie Most Aggressive Rider cash award for the Cat 1/2/3 and Cat 3/4 women’s categories, Lyster hopes other female riders will rise to the challenge and showcase how dynamic women’s racing can be.
 
The award is part of the legacy left by Storie, who was an integral of the B.C. cycling community. A dedicated supporter of women’s and youth cycling, he encouraged his athletes to animate their races to make the sport more challenging and exciting for everyone.
 
Contributions from Race the Ridge’s generous sponsors are making this award, as well as the prizes and awards for the overall winners in all of the categories, possible. Sponsors and supporters include Local Ride Racing, Golden Ears Physiotherapy, Power2Max, Superior Glass, Panago Pizza, District of Maple Ridge, City of Pitt Meadows, Cycling BC, Kicking Horse Coffee, Arcus Community Living, Q Energy Drink, Cycles Lambert, and Pedal Magazine.
 
Ramada Inn Pitt Meadows is offering discounted room rates to racers for the weekend as Race the Ridge’s official accommodation sponsor.
 
BC Premier Series sponsors are: Cycling BC, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Jakroo.
 
Event info, schedule, registration, and more at www.localride.ca/race-the-ridge .
 
Registration at http://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=57&Ev=13895
 
The Race the Ridge Race Bible at http://www.localride.ca/s/RTR-BIBLE-2014-2dpr.pdf
 
BC Premier Road Series guidelines at http://www.localride.ca/s/BC-Premier-Road-Series-2014Format.pdf
 
BC Premier Road Series standings after Round 1 at https://local-ride.squarespace.com/s/2014-BC-Premier-Road-Series-Standings.xls

About Race the Ridge presented by Local Ride
Race the Ridge presented by Local Ride is one of BC’s longest running road stage races. Local Ride is an organization based in Maple Ridge, BC that produces high quality cycling events in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Race the Ridge was voted second in the Canada-wide 2013 Pedal Magazine Awards in the Best Race Event category behind Local Ride’s Pumpkin Cross. Find out more at www.localride.ca/race-the-ridge.
 
About Cycling BC
Cycling BC is the provincial governing body for the sport of cycling BC, representing a full range of cycling disciplines including Road, Track & Cyclo-cross, Mountain Biking and BMX. Cycling BC has 2000 licensed riders and over thousands of club members participating actively in competitive cycling across the province. www.cyclingbc.net
 
About the BC Premier Series
The BC Premier Series is a new high-level competitive road cycling circuit in the province that aims to raise the quality of racing in the province and establish a prestigious provincial tour that BC’s talented riders will aspire to win. The 2014 BC Premier Road Series consists of five popular events: the DEVO Spring Series Classic Stage Race, March 29-30, Race the Ridge, April 26-27, Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series, May 30-June 1, UBC Grand Prix on July 8, and the Tour de White Rock Criterium on July 12. Thank you to series sponsors: Cycling BC, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Jakroo. More about the BC Premier Road Series, including series rules: www.cyclingbc.net/road/road-race-calendar/bc-premier-road-series/
 
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Media Contact:
Barry Lyster, Race Organizer, Local Ride
(p) 604-312-3318
(e) localrideracing@shaw.ca
www.localride.ca