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About 250 of the province's top cyclists will be barrelling around the roads of SFU's Burnaby campus Sunday, May 27 during the university's first-ever B.C. Cup series road-racing event.

About 250 of the province's top cyclists will be barrelling around the roads of SFU's Burnaby campus Sunday, May 27 during the university's first-ever B.C. Cup series road-racing event.

UniverCity hosts B.C. Cup road race

May 17, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

Partial proceeds from the event, hosted by Team Coastal Cycling and UniverCity, will go to Bicycles for Humanity, a non-profit group that distributes unused bicycles from North America to villages throughout Africa.

The Cycling B.C.-sanctioned competition is a Belgian-style Kermesse, a race that typically starts and finishes in a town square and is accompanied by a festival or fair.

SFU's Kermesse will start and finish in front of the UniverCity Cornerstone building, and the adjacent town square will host a lively community fair full of games, food, music and other activities for the whole family, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course is a five-kilometre circuit from University High Street through the UniverCity housing development along East Campus Road, down University Drive East, up Gaglardi Way and along South Campus Road, and finally up Tower Road back to High Street. The roads will remain open during the race but will be limited to left-lane traffic on two-lane streets.

Racers will face some tough slogging, including a 1.5-kilometre climb up Gaglardi Way at a six-per-cent grade, followed shortly after by another 250-metre climb at a nine-per-cent grade and a final dash for several hundred metres to the finish.

And spectators will have plenty of chances to cheer, as there will be seven races in different categories throughout the day, with riders completing between eight and 20 laps and racing as many as 110 km. In total, they will pass the start/finish area almost 80 times.

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