DANDELION FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX ADDED TO NATIONAL ROAD
Criterium and road race to attract top Canadian
(Kemptville, ON – May 19, 2012) The Dandelion
Festival and the Municipality of North Grenville are
pleased to announce the 2012 edition of the Dandelion
Festival Grand Prix Race Weekend.
The Dandelion Festival, which takes place in Kemptville,
Ontario on May 25-27, will feature two cycling events
this year. A Pro/Am criterium for men and women on Saturday
May 26th, and a Citizens Race as well as a Pro/Am road
race on Sunday May 27th.
In partnership with eQuinelle Homes, one of Eastern
Ontario’s leading lifestyle community developers,
and the Cyclery Ottawa’s premier bike shop, the
eQuinelle Grand Prix Criterium will take place in the
afternoon and early evening on Saturday May 26th.
Kid races will take place from 3pm to 4pm and then
the real action will begin full gas.
We are proud to announce that the Elite men’s
and women’s criterium’s are the newest addition
to the Canadian National Road Calendar, The best road
racers in the country will compete for a cash purse
of over $7500.00 in front of close to 3000 festival
Confirmed teams to date are Ekoï.com/Gaspésien
Continental Pro cycling team, Team Spirit/ Cannondale,
Real Deal Racing/La Bicicletta, Nine2FivePro.com, Ride
with Rendall, Jet Fuel, Octto Cervelo, and the Steven’s
elite team to mention a few.
Some of Canada’s best women’s teams including
the Stevens Women’s Pro cycling team and Infinit
Nutrition/CyclePower will be present at the start line
For those that are racing, Kemptville’s great
espresso bar Geronimo is located on the course for the
pre-race fuel up and for those that aren’t, there
will be live music, festivities for the kids, and yes
a beer tent lining the start finish area for those are
out to watch the fast paced action!
Registration is now open for the criterium at www.ontariocyling.org.
Starting at 9am Sunday morning the 27th of May there
will be a citizen’s road race near Oxford Mills
Ontario. It will feature a beginner’s race, and
intermediate race as well as a women’s race, for
those who wish to compete on the 17.1-km closed to traffic
winding road course.
Then at 12pm, a 102.6km Pro/Am women’s race open
to elite women, and a 171-km Pro/Am men’s race
open to elite and M1 men’s teams will light up
the same traffic-free course competing for over $3000.
There will be a BBQ and refreshments for athletes and
spectators as well as a picnic area near the start finish
area for those to sit and enjoy the race.
For those teams of 4-8 riders that are interested in
competing in the eQuinelle Grand Prix Pro/Am criterium,
please contact race director Ryan Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org
as we would like to have rosters submitted with brief
athlete biographies to help make the race announcing
more exciting and informative to the spectators on day
Individual athletes may enter on a case by case basis.
Information can be found at www.thedandelionfestival.ca
and at www.ontariocycling.org.
We would also like to thank the Municipality of North
Grenville and the Province of Ontario for their generous
support in making this event possible. Accommodations
are available at the University of Guelph Kemptville
Campus residence , cost is $59/single and $39 per person
for a double room, plus taxes. Guests can call the campus
office to reserve a room 613-258-8336 ext. 61234.