Tonight, Cobourg Council is being asked to approve two events this summer that will bring visitors to Town – on or with their bicycles. The Cobourg Gran Prix will be in summer and will be an event in the Criterium series (more below) and will happen downtown in a circuit around downtown streets with around 150 participants. The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure will be on Sunday July 29 with about 150 participants who will stop in Cobourg as part of a ride from Ajax to the Quebec border. This group will mostly camp overnight in tents in Victoria Park. Both events are up for approval at the Council meeting tonight. By coincidence, also up for approval is the rental of space at the former Works Garage to the Cycle Transitions community group.
Cobourg Gran Prix
The date originally requested was May 26 but the Town favours August 11 or 12 – but whatever date is finally selected the plan is to have cyclists race several laps around a circuit of about 1km in length. The original request was for College, Chapel, Walton and King but the Town offers an alternative using King, Third, Albert and Church streets – see maps below.
This would be a standalone event but would be a part of the Ontario Criterium O-Cup Series which spans across the province, starting in Ottawa and finishing in Windsor. These races are different because they are shorter so it’s intense and things like cornering technique matter more. The Cobourg event is being organized by Gregory Rawson of Performance Driven Events.
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA)
This event is an annual multi day cycling tour with the purpose of promoting the Waterfront Trail and showcase the communities along the route. In 2018, approximately 155 participants (including support staff) will ride from Ajax to the Quebec border between July 29 and August 3. Cobourg will be the first planned overnight stop on the 2018 GWTA. The Town of Cobourg hosted this same event in Victoria Park in 2010 with participants ranking it their number 1 stop due to the close proximity to a wide variety of local restaurants and things to do.
The majority of the 155 participants (including support staff) choose to camp while approximately 40 choose to stay in local hotels. Space is required for approximately 80 tents in Victoria Park.
According to Jackie Chapman Davis, Cobourg’s Community Events Coordinator:
In 2010, tents were placed north west of the bandshell which did not prove to be a problem with the neighbouring communities and allowed easier access to the showers and washrooms at the Centennial Pool building and the Beach Hut. Security will be required overnight at the cost of the group. The tour is accompanied on the GWTA by a camping outfitter, Comfy Campers who provide a camping service for approximately 45 tents – these tents will be erected by Comfy Campers staff before the cyclists arrive – the remaining tents will be erected by riders once they have arrived in our designated camping area. They will require a secure area for their bicycles to be stored overnight which would be at the groups cost. Cobourg Police Service is willing and has the space to store the bikes overnight.
There will be no amplified noise at any point during the event, riders are a very quiet group and most have retired for the evening by 9:00 p.m. In 2010, riders ate in the local restaurants for dinner and the Lions put on a breakfast for all riders before they departed the next morning. The GWTA will work with community groups to work out the same sort of arrangements for 2018. All riders will be gone from the area by 8:30 a.m. at the very latest. Many restaurants and pubs in the downtown offered deals and saw a lot of business as part of the event. We will work with the current businesses downtown to offer up some fun for those that will be in the downtown area that evening. A site visit will be scheduled with organizers in the spring.
The cyclists will be in Cobourg from Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. until Monday, July 30, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Looks like a good event.
This is a community non-profit group who assists people with the bikes – assisting with do it yourself repairs, providing education on bikes and generally supportive of the cycling community. They were renting a space at Building 13 in Northam Industrial park (on D’Arcy Street) but had to move when the building was selected for the Venture 13 project. The Town will rent them space in the former Works Garage on King Street West for the same rent as their previous space – $500 per month.
Update – 7:00 p.m., 26 February
Both Cycling events were approved by Council with little debate. The agreement with Cycle Transitions was also approved.
- Performance Driven Events
- Criterium You-Tube video
- The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure
- Cycle Transitions