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Novus Properties Canadian Masters Cycling Championships Announced



Victoria BC – Registration has opened for the Novus Properties Canadian Masters Cycling Championships as hundreds of racers from across Canada will take to the streets of select regions of Greater Victoria from July 19 to July 21.  The event, which is also presented by Natural Factors, features 3 days of championship cycling racing action in the disciplines of Time Trial, Road Race and Criterium.  It also includes a bicycle polo tournament, Kids Cycling Expo, and a Classic Bike Show.



“We are so thrilled to bring back the National Masters Championships to Victoria.” Said Race Director, Jon Watkin. “We had huge success when we hosted this same event in 2018/19, and it made perfect sense to once again partner with the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission and Cycling Canada to host it in the Cycling Capital of Canada. Having some exciting new sponsors has helped us make this a reality.”


“Partnering with local organizers and Cycling Canada to bring the Canadian Masters Cycling Championships back to Victoria underscores our dedication to fostering premier sporting events. Cycling is a vital part of our regional identity, and we are thrilled to help provide an outstanding platform for athletes to compete and for spectators to enjoy the thrilling races and vibrant festivities."


NEW SPONSORS


Title Sponsor, Novus Properties, is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as a full-service premium, custom home builder and renovation company in Oak Bay and Victoria.  The company is no stranger to supporting cycling, having recently signed on to also sponsor the Victoria Wheelers Cycling Club.  “On our 10th anniversary at Novus Properties Inc., we are thrilled to support the Canadian Cycling Nationals in Victoria.” Said Mark Whitney, Business Owner. “This event gives us a chance to support the community that has played an integral part of our success. We anticipate the three day event will be exciting, competitive and rewarding for all the participants. As an avid cyclist in Victoria, the sport has been a valued part of my life and I am excited to participate. Our team at Novus Properties is looking forward to this event and will cheer on its success.”


Natural Factors has enthusiastically jumped on board as presenting sponsor and are looking to connect with participants and the community to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle. "Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I've always cherished the spirit of community and the beauty of our landscapes.” Said Rod Sidoroff, Senior Director of Natural Health Channel. “As a representative of Natural Factors, a family-owned company deeply rooted in British Columbia, I'm thrilled we can support the Canadian Masters Cycling Championships in Victoria. It's a testament to our commitment to health, wellness, and our local heritage. We look forward to our association with this exciting event, celebrating athleticism and the island's stunning backdrop."

 

 FORMAT


The Masters Championship offers dedicated racing for racers in the following age groups:  35-44 years old, 45 to 54 years old, 55 to 64 years old, and 65+ years old.  


The event begins on Friday July 19 with the Individual Time Trial in North Saanich.  Racers will complete 2 laps of a 10km course in what is called “The Race of Truth” where riders will ride alone against the clock with no drafting allowed. In the end the strongest rider will win and be worthy of being called Canadian National Champion. 


On Saturday July 20, Metchosin will be the venue for the iconic road race that has previously crowned both provincial and national road champions.  Racers will complete multiple laps of a hilly 10km loop that also features a twisty technical descent.   To even finish this race is considered an accomplishment. 


Finally, the racers will converge on Sunday July 21 at the BC Legislature for the Criterium Event.   Also known as “Crit racing”, it is a 1km circuit race around a closed-off course, where riders line up and race multiple laps as fast as they can.   Races tend to be short and sweet, with around 50km covered and lasting about 60 minutes. The number of laps raced is sometimes pre-determined by time or a set number of laps are given. There are plenty of corners on a crit course which makes things chaotic at times, but there is no mistaking the energy that drives the riders along and builds the excitement of the crowds watching on the sidelines.  In addition to Masters, racing for Youth and Elite Racers will be offered as well.

Sunday’s schedule will also feature a Kids Expo on the BC Legislature Front Law, Bicycle Polo Tournament on Belleville Street, as well as a Classic Bike Show & Shine on the Front Lawn of the Empress Hotel.


FULL SCHEDULE

Friday July 19 – North Saanich

Individual Time Trial - 6pm to 8pm

 

Sunday July 20 – Metchosin

Road Race - 8am to 3pm

 

Sunday July 21 – Downtown Victoria/BC Legislature

Criterium - 8am to 4pm

Bicycle Polo – 11am to 3pm

Kids Expo – 11am to 2pm

Classic Bike Show – 10am to 3pm

 

For more information visit the event website at www.victoriabikerace.com

 

The event is organized by the Wheelhouse Cycling Society in partnership with Panache Cycling Sports Ltd..  Wheelhouse is a registered non-profit in the province of British Columbia that provides direction, oversight, and assurance of execution of pillar cycling events in the Victoria CRD and Vancouver Island.  The organization promotes bicycling culture by showcasing cycling related events/activities that incorporate aspects of healthy lifestyles, commuting, recreation, racing, demonstration, and art.



Panache Cycling Sport Ltd., is a professional cycling event management company owned and operated by CEO and President, Jon Watkin.  The company provides turnkey sports management services in events while also representing major cycling industry brands.  


Check out other Wheelhouse / Panache Cycling Sports Events at www.panachecyclingsports.com


Media Contact:

Jon Watkin

CEO – President of Panache Cycling Sports Ltd.

Event Director – Wheelhouse Cycling Society

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