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Be still my racing cyclist’s heart!

June 10, 2017

The scene at 1:30 p.m. on 8th Ave. between Columbia and Manitoba St.

As I was leaving the area of a cycling relay that way taking place around the area of Jonathan Rogers Park at 1:30 p.m. today (June 10) I heard an announcer declare that there was only 24 minutes of racing left.

So I’m guessing that by now the race is over and a winner of some sort has been declared.

My bottles and I waiting on 7th Ave. at the intersection with Columbia St at 12:47 p.m.

I’m left guessing about the outcome because, though I know that there is a Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix scheduled for July 12, I can find no website or reference online for the “Global Relay” (as it was branded) which took place today in East Vancouver along a street course including Columbia Street, Manitoba Street and 8th Avenue, among others.

But happen it did.

It even got in the way of my biking a big trailer-full of returnable beverage containers to the bottle depot at Ontario Street and 7th Avenue—not that I was actually minded.

Just before 1 p.m. a racer rounds the corner off Manitoba, heading west on 7th.

Among other things I’m a life-long cyclist and it makes my heart race a bit faster to see a peloton of actual pro pedal-pushers whizzing around the streets of my city. Click the images to enlarge them.

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