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New Westminster City Hall Cancels Provincial Championship Bike Race Set For Uptown May 28, 2016

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The Hyack Festival Association (“Hyack”) has been advised by the City of New Westminster that, for unspecified reasons, it has unilaterally cancelled the Hyack Grand Prix Provincial Championship Criterium Bike race set for Uptown New Westminster on May 28th, 2016.  For nearly two years, Hyack has worked to bring elite cycling to New Westminster.

“Hundreds of top cyclists in BC and beyond were expected to come to the Royal City for this highly anticipated championship race,” said Hyack President Elect and Director in Charge of the race David Brett. “The significant economic spinoffs and community benefits from this high profile sporting event that Hyack was poised to stage have now been lost.”

“Hyack would like to thank Cycling BC for their tremendous support of the Hyack Grand Prix, our dedicated race committee, local residents, Uptown businesses, and the generous pledges of support from sponsors,” said Hyack President Alan Wardle. “It’s a real shame that this fun and worthy community event has been axed.”

The race (along 6th & 5th Streets between 5th & 3rd Avenues) would have involved extended and additional road closures following the Hyack International Parade. Hyack would like to thank and acknowledge the nearly 100% of residents who provided signatures of acknowledgement and support. Hyack is also grateful to the Uptown Business Improvement Association for their support, assistance and enthusiasm. Hyack is especially thankful for the overwhelming support of the 6th Street business community, and the many non-profits, government agencies and churches in the area, who provided signatures, emails and other indications of support. Only one of the canvassed businesses withheld support.  Supporters include the following:

The Salvation Army, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster, Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, the Vancouver Korean Seventh Day Adventist Church, Scotiabank, Accurate Lock & Safe, The Pantry, Kal Tire, Kastelien Insurance, Canadian Mental Health Association Treasure Chest Thrift Store, Compucom Solutions, Amir Baghdad Barber, Jescuts, Tracy’s Hair Design, Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, Hon’s Wun-Tun House, Kojima Sushi, Henry Eng, Denturist, Solodoko Ukrainian  Bakery, Zahra’s Ultimate Hair Design, Sixth Street Grill, Massage Therapist Renee Caines, Noort Homes, Dr. Jill Turney, Dentist, New Westminster Mental Health Centre, Alpine Animal Hospital, Seven Eleven, Uptown Market and Flowers, Rivers Reach Pub, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, New Westminster Office, Red Tiger Martial Arts, Christopher Dupuis Notary Public, Money Money Payday Loans, Cana Management Associates Ltd., PosAbilities Employment Service, Queens Park Massage Therapy, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, eV Nails, the strata council of the Amadeo residential tower, Pink Ribbon Bakery, World Financial Group, Artefactual Systems Inc.. New You Health Transformations, Dr. Robert H. Toews of Life Dental, College of Denturists of BC.

Many of the above stakeholders required multiple personal visits, phone calls, and email to make contact and Hyack would like to thank the volunteers who worked so hard to garner this overwhelming support.

The Hyack Grand Prix, similar to the Gastown Grand Prix in Vancouver, was to be a “Criterium” style bike race, involving elite cyclists racing around an approximately one kilometer urban course, completing as many as 50 laps.

“Municipalities across Metro Vancouver are vying for high profile cycling events as they bring so many benefits,” said David Brett. “Cycling events promote active lifestyles, sustainable transportation, athletic excellence, and drive tourism, business activity and positive regional brand awareness for cities.”

David Brett, President Elect

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