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Superweek - Slemon Park Hotel and Conference Centre's PEI Bike Fest
     July 11, 2006 — Duncan Sturz

Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Centre?s PEI BIKE FEST The Slemon Park & Conference Centre?s PEI Bike Fest is also the 3rd Stage of the Smooth Cycle 2006 Citizen Road Bike Series; this event is a two-day weekend celebration of cycling on Prince Edward Island. The weekend, hosted by the Summerside Cycling Club, will include a variety of cycling events appealing to those recreational, youth, or racing cyclists. The event is also the finale to the Summerside Lobster Carnival, which will consequently provide great food and live music to all in attendance. The Bike Fest is also the final stage of Maritime Superweek 2006, a series of races, which have been taking place throughout the Maritimes all week. The combined winner of the series including the Time Trail, Criterium and Road Race in Summerside will be crowned Superweek Champion.

The first of the races on Saturday morning will be the Time Trial in Indian River. This event is one in which a lone rider races to beat the clock. Each Rider starts at one-minute intervals, following the same 12.1km course. Registration for the event can be completed online at the Summerside Cycling Club?s website or you can register at the event location The St. Mary?s Church in Indian River between 8:00am and 9:00am race day. Race start is also at the Church at 9:30am. In a Time Trial riders are not allowed to "draft", getting behind someone else to block the wind, and must complete the course on their own strength. The terrain is typically level allowing for a sustained power output from the riders. Some of the best locations to catch glimpses and cheer on these riders will be on the quiet and picturesque Hamilton Road. Come out and cheer on these riders! Parking will be available on the Clermont Road for cyclists and fans.

The second stage, taking place on Saturday afternoon will be the Criterium an event crowds will center to at the historical Slemon Park. Each race will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Registration for this stage can also be found online or on location between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Race start is at 3:00pm. A criterium occurs on a small course where cyclists complete a number of laps. This event is sure to be the highlight of the weekend, as it will feature nearly horizontal cornering, off-the-saddle sprinting and tire-to-tire maneuvering. Spectators will watch hard-fought sprints and rival battles on the bike. This translates into an amazing race full excitement and suspense. It is also not uncommon for racers to reach speeds up to 60 km/h throughout the duration of the race.

The final and most testing of the three stages will be the Road Race held on Sunday morning. This event is the longest stage of the series and the most grueling for the riders. Registration can be completed online or on location at in Kensington between 8:30am and 9:30am. Race start is at 10:00am on Pleasant Street in Kensington. Plenty of parking is available at the Kensington Train Station. Road Races have become famous because of the series of road races that comprise the Tour de France. This course is situated around the Kensington community and includes a series of climbs and descents aimed to challenge the cyclists while providing a great opportunity for a photo finish on Pleasant Street in Kensington.

The next event on the Cycling PEI events calendar is the 2nd Stage of the Dalvay by the Sea 2006 Citizen Mountain Bike Series ?The Tour de Pants?, Sunday July 30th 2006. Also the 4th and final Stage of the Smooth Cycle 2006 Citizen Road Bike Series is ?The Emyvale Road Race? August, 13, 2006. For more information, registration and race details please visit the Summerside Cycling Club?s website at http://www.summersidecycling.com/lobster.html or Cycling PEI at www.cpei.ca



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