Tour de PEI ready for third year

The Tour de PEI, which showcases the seaside villages and countryside of Prince Edward Island as a...

The Tour de PEI, which showcases the seaside villages and countryside of Prince Edward Island as a cycling destination, will run for five stages during its third edition on June 7 to 11.

Stage one will commence in Summerside with cyclists following the same route as in previous years. An amateur race will be held on the Summerside circuit prior to the main event. On Monday, the stage two individual time trial will run from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick across the longest bridge over ice-covered waters, Confederation Bridge.

The next day, racers will cover almost every hill and valley in central Prince Edward Island as they travel from Kensington to North Rustico. Wednesdays stage four will take them from Dalvay to Montague to Georgetown, a new finish.

Finally, stage five will be run on a new course in Charlottetown as the old course will be unavailable due to a construction project. The new course is still being finalized.

In addition to the elite women's event, Tour de PEI will also feature amateur, celebrity and children's races, as well as a finish line concert to kick start the Confederation Bridge summer Concert Series. A portion of the proceeds from these events will benefit the Queen Elizabeth and Prince County Hospital Foundations.

The race was awarded the Road Event Organizer of the Year in 2007 by the Canadian Cycling Association.

Visit www.tourdepei.com for more information about the race.

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