A group of riders power up the airport hill during a previous Kitimat River Challenge Bicycle race.

Bikers get ready Kitimat River Challenge

The first road bicycle race of the season kicks off this Sunday morning.

  • Sat May 21st, 2011 12:00pm
  • Sports

The first road bicycle race of the season kicks off this Sunday morning.

Cyclists begin the Kitimat River Challenge near Terrace at Hwy37 and Krumm Rd. at 10 a.m.

Recreational riders will start half an hour later from the Onion Lake parking area.

The race will finish at the Kitimat Visitor Centre just up the hill from Hirsch Creek Bridge.

This race is hosted by the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association.

According to race chairperson Michael Bruce, several local riders always attend this event, and the race also attracts cycling enthusiasts from out of town.

Bruce said that safety is always a great concern at these events since cyclists share the highway with motorists during the race.

TORCA asks drivers to be aware of the signs indicating a race is taking place and to slow down when passing riders. It is extremely important to refrain from passing other vehicles cyclists are approaching in the oncoming lane.