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Gastown Grand Prix gets $1-million sponsorship from Global Relay

Vancouver, Canada, 11 July 2012



Vancouver technology services firm makes five-year commitment to Canada’s most prestigious criterium

After a three-year hiatus, the Gastown Grand Prix, Canada’s most prestigious criterium and part of the BC Superweek series, is back on July 11, 2012 thanks to a five-year commitment from Global Relay, a Gastown-based technology services firm that’s the world leader in cloud-based compliance archiving and messaging. 

Now known as the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix presented by Allstream, the race, which boasts past winners such as Lance Armstrong, Gord Fraser and Hilton Clarke on the men’s side and Ina Teutenberg, Gina Grain and Alison Sydor on the women’s side, is expected to draw crowds of twenty to thirty thousand to Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood. The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is proudly supported by Presenting Partner Allstream, Canada’s all-business communications provider, as well as the Gastown Business Improvement Society.  

As a worldwide company that’s been headquartered in Gastown since we were founded in 1999, we’re delighted to show our support for bike racing, Gastown and the City of Vancouver by bringing this great race back,” said Warren Roy, CEO and founder of Global Relay. “We look forward to seeing North America’s best men and women riders battle it out on our cobblestone streets for the chance to join a winners list that reads like a who’s who of North American cycling.

Started in 1973, the 1.2-kilometer race with the signature hairpin corner has consistently attracted North America’s top cycling teams including 7-Eleven, Coors Light, Saturn, Toyota-United, Jelly Belly, Symmetrics, Navigators, Bissell and Health Net. With Gastown now joining the Tour de Delta, UBC Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby and Tour de White Rock as part of BC Superweek, the nine-race series features six criteriums, two road races and one hill climb over 10 days (July 6-15).

Having the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix back is fantastic news for the cycling community and race fans in the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark Ernsting, Race Director. “We appreciate the generous support of Global Relay, Allstream and the Gastown Business Improvement Society and look forward to producing an unforgettable night of racing.

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Gina Grain was the last winner of Gastown Grand Prix in 2008 >>

Image copyright, Greg Descantes, Gastown Grand Prix    

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