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.

Join us for the Preston Street Criterium TV broadcast

The Tour de France might be dominating the airwaves right now, but you can tune your TV to some local cycling action — and we’d like to invite you to join us for a viewing party!

The Preston Street Criterium airs both Saturday and Sunday this weekend on Rogers TV in Ottawa, and to celebrate we’ve reserved a section of the Prescott on Saturday evening.

Come join us starting at 8:30 p.m. to watch the women’s and men’s races from this year’s Criterium and hoist a pint or three with the organizers, commentators and fellow competitors. The race broadcast starts at 9 p.m.

For those of you who can’t make it, don’t forget to tune in on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a full rebroadcast.

The Prescott is located at 379 Preston St. in Little Italy — right on the criterium course!