Canadian E-fest is no more, but a family bike fest is still a go on June 30

The Free Family Bike Festival and Tour de Concord Cycling Race is planned for the evening of Thursday, June 30

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A Canada Day weekend that was set to feature a Formula E electric car race and a concert by BC rockers Nickelback in downtown Vancouver was canceled weeks ago.

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But one family-friendly event that was supposed to kick off the festivities is set to go as a standalone event.

The free Family Bike Festival and Tour de Concord Cycling Race is planned for the evening of Thursday, June 30. The festival on the north shore of Vancouver’s False Creek is sponsored by Concord Pacific.

A free family bike ride from 4 to 5 pm will cover an 850-meter track.

Then the pro cyclists take over for a criterium road race, offering competitors a chance to race in Vancouver despite BC Superweek, which was to have included the popular Gastown Grand Prix, being cancelled.

“I’m proud that Concord Pacific is following through on its promise to help kick off this year’s Canada Day long weekend with a homegrown bike fest and free family event,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart in a statement.

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The evening will feature a main stage, DJ, artists and race play-by-play, plus bike obstacle courses, vendors, bike demos, beer gardens and food trucks. Electric race cars will also be on display.

“Whether you ride for fitness, fun or the environment, you are part of the cycling community in our province,” said Erin Waugh, the CEO of Cycling BC “Cycling is for all ages, all levels, and all communities. We’re all one big cycling community, so come out and love bikes with us.”

“This bike festival will be the biggest in the region and is able to stand on its own,” says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Pacific Developments. “We need events like this to bring back the street scene in Vancouver to where it was before 2020, so Concord Pacific decided it must carry on and deliver this event for our local families and cycling enthusiasts.”

Online registration is required to be part of the family ride. Proceeds from the festival are being donated by Concord to Cycling BC youth cycling and high-performance programs.

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