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May 26, 2009
Toronto Criterium bike race brings excitement to downtown core this Friday
Bike racing is coming back to Toronto's downtown core. The second annual Toronto Criterium, a high-speed circuit bike race that provides excitement for spectators and racers alike, will take place on a course near the St. Lawrence Market on Friday, May 29.

The event will see racers competing for cash and prizes totalling $20,000. There are races for kids, juniors, seniors, women and professionals. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free of charge for spectators.

"It's terrific to have bike racing right in the heart of the city," said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City's Cycling Committee. "These races are absolutely thrilling to watch. People who see the action will never forget it."

The course will start and finish along Front Street East (just in front of 39 Front St. E.). The racers will go left onto Scott Street, turn left onto The Esplanade, turn left onto Market Street and then turn left back onto Front Street. Those streets will be closed to traffic between 4 and 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 to accommodate the event.

The race promotes cycling in Toronto and is part of the City's Bike Month celebration that runs from May 25 to June 25. 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.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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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