2015 Preston winner Jason Lowndes dies after being hit by car

The cycling community got some tragic news today: Jason Lowndes, 23, has died after being hit by a car while training near his home in Bendigo, Australia.

For more details, please see the Cyclingnews story here.

Jason won the elite men’s race at the 2015 Preston Street Criterium in impressive fashion. At the time he was riding for the Quebec-based Garneau-Quebecor team, and in 2017 he was racing for Israel Cycling Academy.

Bike Race Ottawa would like to extend condolences to Jason’s family, friends and teammates in this difficult time.

Numainville, Gee top Preston Street podiums

More than 200 bike racers took to the streets of Ottawa’s Little Italy Sunday for the 45th edition of the Preston Street Criterium sponsored by eQ Homes and the Preston Street BIA.



Racing included age-class events for riders aged 6 to 60, capped off with the with feature elite women’s and elite men’s races.

In the elite women’s event, with defending champion Ariane Bonhomme competing out of town, the clear favourite was 2015 winner Joëlle Numainville (Cylance Pro Cycling). The 29-year-old professional from Montreal made a last-minute decision to drive to Ottawa to vie for the $1,000 first prize, as well as getting a final tuneup before the Canadian Championships, to be held in Ottawa next weekend. Continue reading

2017 Preston St. Criterium joins Ontario Cup

The 45th edition of the Prestion Street Criterium, to be held on June 18, 2017, marks a new milestone for this historic event: it is the first round of the inaugural Ontario Cup Crit Series with more than $50,000 in prize money!

As always, there will be a full day of bike racing on Preston Street this year, starting at 10 am and wrapping up just before 4 pm. The elite women take to the course at noon, followed by the ever-popular kids’ races, and the elite men will start at 2:15 pm.

For all the race details, the 2017 technical guide can be found here.

Come join us and celebrate Father’s Day in style!

New faces top Preston Street Criterium podium

Image-4Ottawa, June 19, 2016 – The blistering pace matched the temperatures for the 44th edition of the Preston Street Criterium in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy Sunday.

The marquis events for the elite women and the elite men were deservedly the highlights of the day, as both races went to the wire and crowned first-time champions.



2016 Preston St. Criterium kicks off road racing bonanza

The 44th edition of the Preston Street Criterium will be a key part of a very special year for road cycling in the National Capital Region that will culminate with the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships.

Preston Street will host a full day of Ontario Cycling Association-sanctioned racing on June 19, 2016, showcasing everything from the top professional cyclists in the region competing for cash to youngsters who dream of emulating them one day.

Prize money is substantial and equal top three for both Elite Men and Elite Women:

  • 1st $1,000
  • 2nd $500
  • 3rd $300

On top of this, riders will be vying for cash primes and other prizes.

And in a tradition kept going thanks to the support of Kichesippi Beer, both the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s winners will sit on the famous scale and get their weight in some very good craft beer.

2015 women's winner Joelle Numainville gets her weight in Kichesippi beer.

2015 women’s winner Joelle Numainville gets her weight in Kichesippi beer.

The 2016 Preston Street Criterium tech guide will be available soon on our website here.

Once again, Rogers Television will be on hand to cover the racing. The coverage will be broadcast on a later date, to be announced.

On the weekend following the Preston races, the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships will be held in the National Capital Region for Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior Men, Junior Women and paracyclists. This five-day event will see the best riders in Canada compete in road races, time trials and criteriums

In the days between, there will be local racing to keep everybody sharp for the Championships.

On Tuesday, June 21, the annual Bill Patterson Crit for Elite riders will be held at 6:30 pm at the Montreal Road NRC campus. This is a one-hour race and average speeds are in the mid 40s. This forms part of the region’s Tuesday Night Criterium series, and most participants ride to the event using the many bike paths in the region.

Then, on Thursday, June 23, the weekly Ottawa Bicycle Club 15 km Time Trial will be held on the Aviation Parkway. A great way to get into a real race pace before the big events at the Canadian Championships.

Stay tuned for more details as the events approach.

Full schedule:

  • Sunday, June 19: Preston Street Criterium – Little Italy, Ottawa
  • Tuesday, June 21: Bill Patterson Memorial Criterium – NRC Montreal Rd. Campus, Ottawa
  • Thursday, June 23: OBC 15 km Time Trial – Eastern Parkway, Ottawa
  • Saturday, June 25: Canadian Championship road races (para-cycling; junior men and women; elite and U23 women) – Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa
  • Sunday, June 26: Canadian Championship road race (elite and U23 men) – Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa
  • Tuesday, June 28: Canadian Championship time trials (all categories) – Gatineau Park
  • Wednesday, June 29: Canadian Championship criteriums (junior, U23 and elite men and women) – Aylmer QC

First-time winners take Preston Street titles

Strong fields light up Ottawa’s Little Italy for 43rd edition of criterium

It was a year for first-timers at the 43rd edition of the Preston Street Criterium presented by eQ Homes in Ottawa on Father’s Day Sunday.

The victors in the elite women’s and elite men’s events had never raced Preston Street before, and they both came out on top of the strongest fields in years.

But the biggest winners were the spectators who turned  out in force for the elite races as the sun came out after a wet start to the day and were treated to an exciting day of racing.


Joelle Numainville wins the women's elite race.

Joelle Numainville wins the women’s elite race.

The elite women’s race was stacked with talent. The Cyclery-Opus, which has won the event for the last five years running, lined up with 2013 and 2014 champion Annie Foreman-Mackey backed up by talented teammates including Ellen Watters, Emily Flynn and Ariane Bonhomme.

They faced a field with plenty of out-of-town riders on their way to the Canadian Championships next week. These included Vancouver’s Trek Red Truck Racing (Leah Guloien, Kinley Gibson, Sarah Coney, Sara Bergen and Suzanne Hamilton), Montreal’s SAS-Mazda-Macogep_Specialized, 2014 world team time trial champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) and 2012 Olympian Joëlle Numainville (Bigla Pro Cycling Team).

The racing was aggressive from the start. The riders from The Cyclery-Opus had clearly been given instructions to go on the attack to try to avoid a field sprint and they started launching moves from the first lap. Catherine Dessureault of SAS-Mazda also initiated several breakaway attempts and Canuel got in the mix too, but nothing was able to stay away for more than a lap as the high pace took its toll on the field, whittling the main group down to fewer than 20 riders going into the final laps.

The women's podium: Jamie Gilgen (2nd), Joelle Numainville (1st), Rebecca Beaumont (3rd).

The women’s podium: Jamie Gilgen (2nd), Joelle Numainville (1st), Rebecca Beaumont (3rd).

Numainville, who struggled in 2014 with a lingering concussion, has returned to top form recently, finishing second in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau two weeks to go. She was clearly the sprinter to beat but spent much of the race chasing primes, so the big question on the final lap was whether she had anything left for the finish. But she erased any doubts by coming around Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing p/b Cyclepath Woodbridge) after the final corner to take the win. Independent rider Rebecca Beaumont was third, Canuel finished fourth and Guloien fifth.

“I’m really happy that I came – I didn’t expect such a strong field and so many spectators,” said Numainville. “This gives me lots of confidence that I have good form going into the national championships.”


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The men’s podium: Pierrick Naud (2nd), Jason Lowndes (1st), Brandon Etzl (3rd)

The men’s race had almost as much depth as the women’s, with strong contingents from Team NCCH p/b DEC Express, Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme, Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes and H&R Block Pro Cycling Team, along with smaller entries from Garneau Quebecor, Silber Pro Cycling, Transports Lacombe/Devinci and, racing on his own, heavy hitter Pierrick Naud of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.

The attacks started almost as soon as the flag dropped. Adam de Vos and Bailey McKnight of H&R Block both made several attemps, as did Jack Burke and Brandon Etzl of NCCH, Ben Andrew of Santé Universelle and Matteo Dal-Cin and Derrick St. John of Silber Pro Cycling.

But nothing stuck until a group of nine riders moved slightly off the front after about 50 minutes of racing. St-John used this as a launch pad for a solo move that quickly gained 10 seconds on the peloton. Recognizing the danger, the riders in the pack stabilized the gap, and it stayed the same for the next 10 laps. St-John has won Preston St. from this position before – in 2009 – but it was not to be this year as he was brought back with five laps to go, setting up a bunch sprint won by Australian Jason Lowndes of Garneau Quebecor, just ahead of Naud and Etzl.

Jason Lowndes on the big scale, winning his weight in beer.

Jason Lowndes on the big scale, winning his weight in beer.

Lowndes, 21, came to Canada to join his new team this March, bringing with him a reputation as a sprinter. He came through today, winning the $1,000 top prize and his weight in Kichesippi beer.

For full results, click here.

Preston Street registration extended to Sunday

Online registration for this Sunday’s 43rd edition of the Preston Street Criterium presented by eQ Homes is closed, but organizers have decided to allow riders to register in person on the day of the event.

Note that there is more than $6,000 in cash prizes on the line, including $1,000 for first place in both the women’s race and the elite/master 1 men’s race

Riders are asked to register at least one hour before the start time of their race.

The Preston Street Criterium wil take place Sunday, June 21, in Ottawa’s Little Italy.

For the tech guide, click here.

The full schedule is as follows:
Start time: 10:00 am
Distance: 45min. + 5 laps

Start time: 11:00 am
Distance: 45 min. + 5 laps

Start time: 12:00 pm
Distance: 1 hour + 5 laps

Race 1:
Wave 1: 5 years and under (born in ’10-’11)
50m sprint
Wave 2: 6-7 yr olds (born in ’08-’09) 50 m sprint
Start time:1:15 pm

Race 2:Squirt (8-9 yrs old, born in ’06-‘07) 2 Laps
Start time: 1:30pm

Race 3: Peewee (10-12 yrs old, born in ’03-‘05) 4 laps
Start time: 1:40pm

Race 4: Minimee (13-14 yrs old, born in ’01-‘02) 6 laps
Start time: 1:55pm

Start time 2:15 pm
Distance 1 hr 15 min + 5 laps

Trek Red Truck unveils Preston Street roster

Trek Red Truck's Sara Bergen, Leah Guloien and Denise Ramsden swept the podium at the BC road race championships last month.

Trek Red Truck’s Sara Bergen, Leah Guloien and Denise Ramsden swept the podium at the BC road race championships last month.

The Trek Red Truck racing team will bring a west-coast flavour to the Preston Street Criterium presented by eQ Homes later this month.

The Vancouver-based team is sending a strong roster, particularly in the women’s race, and will be aiming to end The Cyclery-Opus‘ five-year winning streak in the women’s race — just as The Cyclery has stepped up as a supporting sponsor for the event.

And Trek Red Truck has some inside knowledge of the event: team member Sarah Coney won Preston Street back in 2010, when she was riding for … you guessed it … The Cyclery. Continue reading

eQ Homes to sponsor Preston Street Criterium

corner_vertical_250pxThe organizers of the Preston Street Criterium and eQ Homes have joined forces to put on Ottawa’s longest-running cycling event.

eQ Homes will be a presenting sponsor of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the event, which will be called the Preston Street Criterium presented by eQ Homes. It will take place on its traditional Father’s Day date, which falls on June 21 this year.

“We take great pride in our role in creating communities, and events like the Preston Street Criterium are an important part the diversity that makes up Ottawa,” said eQ Homes president Denis Laporte. “We’re delighted to help continue this great tradition.”

This year’s Preston Street Criterium will be the 43rd edition of the race, which has taken place in the heart of Little Italy since the first edition back in 1973.

“We are thrilled that eQ Homes has decided to partner with us and help us continue this legacy event,” said Bike Race Ottawa president Doug Corner. “Their support will help us make some important improvements to the Preston Street Criterium, in particular growing the women’s race.”

The Preston Street Criterium presented by eQ Homes also enjoys the support of the Preston Street BIA, Rogers TV, The Cyclery, Pub Italia, Flynn and a range of other local companies and suppliers.

About EQ Homes

In new home communities across the Ottawa-Carleton Region, eQ Homes has established a reputation for building some of the most beautiful homes in Ontario.

From bungalows to traditional two-storey singles and townhomes to innovative midrise condominiums, eQ Homes builds homes that are attractive, spacious and functional, providing the homebuyer with the best value available in the marketplace.

eQ Homes founder and CEO, Denis Laporte, has been involved in the industry since 1971, having worked for some of the largest and most respected homebuilders in the Greater Ottawa region. He has been recognized with many awards, including those earned while managing his own well-respected home building companies over the past 15 years.

For more information visit eqhomes.ca