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.

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

 

Preston Street women’s race grows for 2015

Photo by Greg Crevier

Photo by Greg Crevier

Mark June 21 on your calendar: The elite women’s race at the 2015 edition of the Preston Street Criterium is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

Olympic medalist Tara Whitten and her Cyclery-Opus teammates will be headlining the event, hoping to extend the local club’s five-year winning streak on Preston Street. But they will face stiff competition from national team member Denise Ramsden’s Vancouver-based Trek Red Truck Racing Team, who will be coming to Ottawa on their way to the Canadian Road Championships the following week in Quebec.

As added incentive, the 2015 edition of the Preston Street Criterium features equal prize money for the top-five elite women’s places as for the elite men’s event, with $1,000 on the line for the winner. Even better, new for 2015 the women’s winner will step on the giant scale and get her weight in Kitchesippi beer, just like the men’s winner!

The 43rd edition of the Preston Street Criterium will be run on a one-kilometre circuit in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy. The traditional Father’s Day date (June 21) comes just one week before the Canadian Road Championships in Ville-St-Georges, Quebec, and will serve as a perfect leg opener for riders aspiring to the Canadian title.

The full women’s and men’s races — along with highlights of the ever-popular kids’ races — will once again be broadcast via tape delay on Rogers TV in both Ottawa and Toronto. Details on the broadcast date will be available closer to the event.

For any inquiries about the women’s race, contact Sue at: sue.schlatter@gmail.com or by cell at 613-355-3163.