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You can see the world’s best compete at this free cycling classic in Vancouver

Canada’s oldest cycling criterium, The Gastown Grand Prix will take place July 10th in downtown Vancouver
The annual Gastown Grand Prix is putting the pedal to the metal on July 10th.

Heartache, glory and sore legs galore, this is no ordinary race, this is The Gastown Grand Prix!

Returning to the historic streets of Gastown on July 10th, the Gastown Grand Prix (GGP) is a prestigious Canadian Pro ½ criterium road cycling race with a long and rich history dating back to 1973. In the 51 years since the inaugural race, the GGP has risen in the ranks of global cycling, becoming a must-see race for anyone who appreciates serious competition and high speeds.

Few people are aware that it was a local dentist, Dr. Roger Sumner, who came up with the idea to have a bike race in the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver. Gastown, with its historic character-filled, twisty cobblestoned streets lined with cafes and restaurants, fit the bill as the perfect place to have a criterium-style race. Turns out Sumner knew about more than just teeth; the event took off and the rest, as they say, is history.

Each of the races will kick off at Cambie and Water St., and feature between 30 and 42 total laps throughout Gastown. Photo via: Scott Robarts.

Over the years, the race, known for its tight course, electrifying sprints and dramatic endings, has featured the best cyclists of each decade, including Olympic medalists and cycling greats like Ron Hayman, Alex Steida and Alison Sydor who have all thrilled GGP audiences with their displays of racing brilliance.

Last year that same skill and finesse was on full display as California’s Kendall Ryan became the first racer to win the GGP a staggering four times. She was victorious in 2017, 2018 and 2019 prior, joining Verna Buhler as the only two women to take the Gastown title in three consecutive years. 51 years in and history continues to be made. 

As such, the GGP has become such a summer standout that this year’s event, which has been sponsored by Global Relay since 2012, is expected to draw 30,000 people to Gastown just to witness this year’s competitors go head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel. Featuring racers from 13 countries, the event will feature Women's and Men’s professional races in addition to a Youth Race highlighting the next generation of global athletes. 

Each of the races will kick off at Cambie and Water St., and feature between 30 and 42 total laps throughout Gastown, ensuring prime vantage points and access to the action throughout the day. You can view the full course details and race schedule here.

With thousands in attendance to watch the world’s best battle it out for cycling glory, the vibe at The Gastown Grand Prix is truly unmatched – you might even witness history in the making.

To learn more about this year’s event, visit