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SPORTSNET.CA Named Title Sponsor of the Queen's Park Grand Prix

July 8, 2010

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TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ – Race organizer and producer Hello Vélo (, Toronto’s leading performance cycling boutique, today announced, part of Rogers Media, as the title sponsor of the 2010 Queen’s Park Grand Prix, to be held on September 19, 2010, with top professional and amateur teams from Quebec, the U.S. and Canada invited to participate in this premier bicycle race.

“We are proud to be the title sponsor of this great event that brings elite racing back to Canada’s largest city,” said Claude Galipeau, SVP and GM, Digital Media, Rogers Media. “Our sponsorship ensures that the SPORTSNET.CA Queen’s Park Grand Prix becomes one of the premier events in the 2010 cycling calendar. This event will be available for viewing online, connecting cyclists across Canada and the world to Ontario’s crown jewel of racing.”

“We’ve gained significant momentum with coming on board,” said Paul Parker, owner of Hello Vélo. “The resources that brings in terms of marketing, web presence and access to new promotional vehicles puts us in a much better position to attract top pro teams, build excitement and draw new participants to the sport of competitive cycling.”

SPORTSNET.CA and Rogers Media will be supporting the Queen’s Park Grand Prix through advertising and promotions along with Flare and Hello! magazines and Citytv Breakfast Television.

The SPORTSNET.CA Queen’s Park Grand Prix will feature three distinct races on the roads circling Queen’s Park in Toronto. The first race will be a 45 minute Master’s Open Race for amateur men, followed by a 60 km Women’s Elite Race and an 85 km Men’s Pro Am Race, the premier race attracting world class cyclists by invitation only.

More details of the Elite Women’s and men’s Pro/Am Races follow:

  • The Elite Women’s Race is open to Senior 1, Senior 2 and Master 1 UCI-carded female racers. With a total estimated purse of $5,000, the field will be limited to 110 individuals, with preferential pole position to be offered to teams. The Elite Women’s Race will be 60 kilometers long including a 2 lap neutral start.
  • The highlight of the Queen’s Park Grand Prix will be the men’s ProAm Race featuring some of North America’s top racers. The ProAm race is open to male Senior 1 UCI-carded individuals with Senior 2 racers also eligible to participate if part of an S1 team. With a total estimated purse of $5,000 the field will be limited to 110 racers with priority positions being offered to teams. The ProAm will be 80 kilometers in length including a 2 lap neutral start.

Hello Vélo will be waiving race fees for all racers in the Elite women’s and men’s ProAm Race but will require all entrants to be vetted through an application process. Elite racers who must travel a fair distance to reach Toronto may be eligible for start fees and travel expenses, solely at the discretion of the race organizer.

Details on the Master men’s race will be released separately.

The Queen’s Park Grand Prix is on the Web, Facebook and Twitter:

About Hello Vélo
Hello Vélo has become Toronto’s top performance cycling boutique attracting riders from across Toronto and the province who appreciate Hello Vélo’s focus on providing the optimum riding experience for cyclists of all types. The philosophy of “riding beautifully” is embodied in custom fitting using the state of the art Retül system. Hello Vélo offers unique services including mechanic classes, training seminars and indoor cycling classes.

About Rogers Media
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting and Rogers Publishing. Rogers Broadcasting has 53 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include 5 Citytv stations as well as five OMNI multicultural television stations. Rogers Sportsnet, Canada’s live event leader, is comprised of four channels, all of which are available nationally and in high definition, and the Shopping Channel, is a televised and Internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Flare, L’actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers Media also owns The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and Rogers Centre, a year-round sports and entertainment facility.