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Letter: Let's host a pro road cycling race on the North Shore

Victoria Park is a natural fit for a race venue, this North Vancouver resident says
We’ve lost too many race events in the last few years, says North Vancouver resident Brian Wolfgang Becker. | Brian Lim

Dear Editor:

Last week, BC Superweek was back in action with the 50th anniversary of the Gas Town Grand Prix, Vancouver’s longest standing annual road race cycling event. It’s also the opener to a great week of road race cycling in the Lower Mainland.

Missing this year were the four others race events that normally run, which probably fell due to the fallout from COVID-19 restrictions. I hope that BC Superweek will rebuild once again under the current leadership that did an excellent job of organizing these events.

Back in 2020, I contacted our North Vancouver City mayor in the interest of the North Shore hosting a new pro race event called the Victoria Park 100, which I want to be added to BC Superweek as the closing race. It would be two races, including a men’s and women’s pro event, fifty laps each on the approximately one-kilometre long oval that extends from St. Georges to Chesterfield Avenue along Keith Road East and Keith Road West.

Victoria Park makes for a natural gathering place and the surrounding condos and apartments create a natural stadium for viewing. This could become a fabulous sporting event for the community to host each summer and I would be interested in hearing what kind of financial and community support might be available to move this forward.

It is time to get Vancouver and B.C. back on the map for great events, having lost so many in recent years.

Brian Wolfgang Becker
North Vancouver

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