Giro de Burnaby Criterion Bicycle Race

This event is open to all levels of photographers, from beginners to advance.


The Walk-About 

Giro de Burnaby Criterion Bicycle Race is coming to Burnaby Height on Thursday July 11. The pre-race registration is at Gilmore and Pender, beginning 4pm.

Women's race starts at 6:00 PM; men's race at approximately 7:15.  We would expect the event to be over before 8:30pm. However, you are welcome to stay as long or as short as you wanted.  Please post your best photos.


To be near the start-finish line, we will meet @ 6:30pm under the Safeway neon sign at SE corner of Rosser Ave and Hastings, near the starting gate. You are welcome to begin photographing pre-race activities. For those less experienced, we will meet and have a quick "how-to" session at 5:30.  You are encouraged to stay with the group as we walk around the course photographing from different locations; at the same time sharing your time with other members and discussing photography.
"The course is a 1.3 km loop featuring a 200 meter fast, downhill straight away past the front door of Burnaby’s world famous Anton’s Pasta Bar. Riders will navigate a 180 degree turn at Madison Avenue then a slight uphill sprint to Gilmore Avenue. The peloton will then make a right turn onto Gilmore Avenue, a left onto Albert Street, a left onto MacDonald Avenue then left again on to Hastings Street for a 350 meter downhill sprint back to the 180 degree turn!"

There will be plenty of spectators, and many places to take photos.  2012 Women's winner finished in 1:00:25, so if you did not get the photos, there are plenty of time for you to move around the course for a better shot.


What to bring ?
Any camera will do, better if with telephoto or wide-angle, depending on how you want.  Here is a good chance to test your quick response to trigger the shutter.  Unlike the film era, of course now is digital, your best shots are few of the hundreds your would take this evening.  Just keep pressing your shutter.

To be courteous to racers, please avoid using/firing your flash straight into racers' faces.  Indirect flash from the side may be fine, depending on your positions.

Here is a map of the course.








please dress for the weather, and bring drinking water.

See you there.

(thanks Donna Rae for your meetup suggestion.)


The Aim
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.


The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.


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  • Peter

    sorry Neil I don't have wireless net access to reply. Sorry I was few minutes late, did not see anyone there. Did everyone have fun and photos to share ?

    July 12, 2013

  • Neil L.

    On my way... "Detention" at work!

    July 11, 2013

  • kelly

    oops forgot I had previous plans

    July 4, 2013

  • kelly

    Thanks Peter.... I love cycling! Give yourself plenty of time to get to the race. All the traffic that would normally be going out Hastings Street to the Barnett Hwy is rerouted along Pender Street which is only one lane each to avoid that area....

    July 3, 2013

    • Peter

      thank Kelly for the info.

      July 3, 2013

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