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May 29, 2008
Toronto Criterium bike race brings excitement to downtown core
The Toronto Criterium, a high speed circuit bike race that provides excitement for both spectators and racers alike, will take place on a course near the St. Lawrence Market on Friday, May 30.

The event will see racers competing for cash and prizes totaling $20,000. There are races for a number of different age groups including kids, juniors, seniors, women as well as professionals. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free of charge for spectators.

“The people of Toronto are going to see a thrilling series of bike races that they will never forget,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee. “It’s great to welcome bike racing back to the streets of Toronto - especially to the downtown core.”

The course will start and finish along Front St. East (just in front of 39 Front St. E.). The racers will go left onto Scott St., turn left onto The Esplanade, turn left onto Market St. and then turn left back onto Front St. These streets will be closed to traffic between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. tomorrow to accommodate the event.

The event is being organized by the City of Toronto, the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and ZM Cycle and Fitness Ltd. In addition to the race, there will be a bike expo on site during the event. The race promotes cycling in Toronto and the City plans to add more bike lanes in the years to come.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Adrian Heaps, City of Toronto, (416) 392-0213
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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