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Westside Cycling Classic confirmed for Vancouver

The Westside Cycling Classic, Vancouver, Canada's newest BC Cup cycling road race, has been given the green light by Vancouver City Council. The Westside Classic will be the only road race in the City of Vancouver for 2005, and it's expected that 300 riders will participate, with funds raised going to support the BC Cancer Foundation. The race will take place on June 19 as part of the Point Grey Fiesta Weekend.

The circuit is a 13 km loop around the University of British Columbia, the beaches of Spanish Banks, and Point Grey Village. The start/finish area will be situated in the heart of the West Tenth Village with a total road closure for the final half kilometre.

"Having the backdrop of the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean will draw riders to the city to race, some for the first time," said race director Jonathan Wornell. "The route takes in some roads that will be very familiar to local riders and a couple of interesting hills that will create some exciting racing for the crowds to see."

The race is being organised by the Wedgewood Cycling Team and will be one of their main fund raising initiatives for 2005 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support research and care at the BC Cancer Agency.

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