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The Giro di Burnaby is an annual road bicycle race that pays tribute to “our colourful Italian community and the world famous Giro d’Italia.” Giro di Burnaby means “Tour of Burnaby.
The Giro di Burnaby is what is known as a criterium race, meaning it uses a short course and is run on closed-
The race strategy is played at high speeds where teams must decide if their best chance of a victory is in keeping the field together or if it is better getting a strong rider into a breakaway group of racers. Rival teams have different strategies and all teams are continually adapting to tactics and counter-
Held in Burnaby Heights the Giro Di Burnaby hosts some of the top bicycle racers from around North America who zoom around a 1.85 km course that looks a little like a dumbbell with a long straightaway on Hastings Street between Rosser and MacDonald Avenues. The prize purse is usually worth over $15,000 and some real cycling pros come out to compete.
In addition to the exciting racing, spectators at the Giro can also fuel up at the many multicultural restaurants and delis in Burnaby Heights or stroll through the athlete’s village in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Rosser and Hastings, where they can view race teams and their carbon fibre bikes and watch the mechanics get them race ready, as the riders warm up on stationary trainers.
The Giro di Burnaby is a fast-