August 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN BIZ CROWNS WINNIPEG’S FASTEST CYCLISTS
Just in time for the annual Ciclovia event, that challenges cyclists, runners, pedestrians and more to enjoy a network of car-free streets that lead to Broadway’s festival activities on September 9th, 2012
Downtown Winnipeg – Three very proud Winnipeggers were crowned “Winnipeg’s Fastest Cyclists” today, in anticipation to the Downtown BIZ’s upcoming annual cycling and active transportation festival, Ciclovia, presented by Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).
Ciclovia is an eco-friendly, healthy-lifestyle festival and active transportation initiative that will see car-free streets designated from Assiniboine Park to the Forks, with the north side of Broadway closed from Osborne to Main Street for festival activities. In its fourth year, Ciclovia encourages cyclists, runners, pedestrians and more to make their way over to Broadway and to enjoy activities like: bike polo, bike tune-ups, a farmers’ and artisans’ market, live music, downtown garage sale, live art, yoga and tai chi, a soap box derby, and more!
The BIZ challenged downtown office workers, students, athletes, and Olympic wannabees today to hop aboard an exercise bike and timed them for best speed/distance travelled. The top 3 fastest cyclists were: Trevor Finch, Heather Allan, and Taren Gesell, who all won Olympic prize packages courtesy of The Bay Downtown, and also donned our winner’s podium.
“Cycling, healthy living, and active transportation are essential in any vibrant downtown,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “We encourage Winnipeg cyclists to attend our annual Ciclovia event on September 9th and to take advantage of our bike tune-up stations or participate in bike polo or the bike rodeo! At Ciclovia, there’s something for everyone!”
Thanks to The Bay Downtown, Starbucks on Graham & Kennedy, and Elite Physiotherapy Clinic for hosting the BIZ’s Ciclovia “Winnipeg’s Fastest Cyclist” search.
For more information about Ciclovia, visit www.manyfest.ca.
Manyfest is hosted by the Downtown BIZ and presented by title sponsor Manitoba Lotteries. Sponsors include the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba, sponsor of the Taste of Downtown Wine and Cheese Festival; the Running Room and Investors Group, sponsors of the Winnipeg 10 + 10 Race; the Winnipeg Arts Council, sponsor of the Big Dance on Broadway; Mountain Equipment Coop and RBC Blue Water, sponsors of Ciclovia; and Portage Place, sponsor of the Minifest Kids’ Zone. Other partners and sponsors include the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, MPIC, CentreVenture, Neptune Properties, Assiniboine Credit Union, East India Company, Lawton Partners, and more to come!
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For more information or for a high-res photo of winners, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040