Foreman-Mackey, Mudgway take 2018 Preston titles

Canada and New Zealand shared the honours in the elite races at the 46th annual Preston Street Criterium bike races on Father’s Day Sunday.

Despite the hot and muggy weather, spectators were out in force to enjoy the beautiful weather and local establishments in Ottawa’s Little Italy.

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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