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Tour de Gastown gets new sponsor

The Tour de Gastown, British Columbia's premier bicycle race and the centrepiece of the BC Super Week series of bike races, announced a new presenting sponsor - BC Hydro Power Smart. The same company recently announced that it will be sponsoring Vancouver-based Symmetrics Pro Cycling, one of the most successful teams currently racing in North America.

Tour de Gastown director Jonathan Wornell said the additional sponsor will help raise the level of the event. "We are proud to have BC Hydro Power Smart on board," said Mr. Wornell, "this year's race promises to be bigger, better and more exciting than ever before - and, as always, it's free for spectators, all they need to do is get there early for the best vantage points."

Wornell said the Tour de Gastown has become a firm family favourite as a mid-week summer outing. This year, he expects close to 40,000 spectators to line the route in Gastown on July 18th to see some of the top riders in North America.

The Tour de Gastown has races for both men's and women's pro fields, and is contested on a fast 1.2 kilometre course on the streets of Gastown. It attracts some of North America's top riders who battle for more than $15,000 in cash prizes. Past winners have included seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

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