Cycling in Victoria BC

by hwilde on April 3, 2012

Victoria BC was made for cycling!  Diverse topography and a mild climate that allows for year round cycling means that Victoria is popular with those who like to get around on two wheels.

In fact, Victoria is considered the cycling capital of Canada, and hosts Canada’s biggest cycling celebration, the Victoria International Cycling Festival.  For 2012, the festival runs from June 1-24, with pedal-pushers from all over converging on the city to enjoy dozens of different cycling events and activities including:

  • The Russ Hays Time Trial, a 5km race along Victoria’s scenic oceanfront on Dallas Road. Known as the “Race of Truth”, it pits competitors against the clock along the course at breakneck speeds of up to 60 km/hr. Whether you are a beginner or expert cyclist, this event challenges each racer.
  • The Condo Group – Bastion Square Grand Prix has been a staple in B.C.’s cycling history for 19 years. Past winners have included several Olympians — and Victorians. Racing on a short, fully enclosed 900 metre loop through Victoria’s historic Bastion Square, this European-style event features thrills and spills. Watch out for the infamous “Crash Corner” at Yates and Wharf Streets and witness the “prime” and finish line sprints at Fort and Langley Streets.  Thousands of spectators line the route each year to watch riders reach speeds of 65 km/hr, side to side, wheel to wheel.
  • The Hotel Grand Pacific Harbour Sprint Series returns to the Victoria International Cycling Festival in 2012! Watch local and international favourites compete in a series of leg-tearing ¼ mile drag races in front of the picturesque Provincial Legislature.
  • Jumpship 2012 showcases the worlds best freeride mountain bike riders competing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This exciting event features intrepid riders who will battle for cash and bragging rights on the surface of a floating barge in Canada’s most beautiful city.
  • The 2012 Victoria Gran Fondo is where experienced cyclists put all those weekend rides to good use; a full day in the saddle touring Southern Vancouver Island. This year we are introducing segment timing so you can separate time spent at support stations from time spent riding. It may take a little longer to get final results out, but will provide a more accurate view of your efforts.
  • The Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria-Powered by GoodLife Fitness is a world class, fully supported mass participation road cycling event that offers all levels of cyclist the same cycling experience that Tour de France heros like Ryder Hesjedal get to experience.  Participants can choose from three distances-140km, 100km, and 50km.
  • The Family Bike Festival invites everyone out for fun events geared towards family cycling. Events include a bike rodeo, training wheel freedom, family bike equipment showcase, on site bike mechanic, helmet fitting, learn to play bike polo, mini races, ‘bling your bike’ contest and much more.

Cycling is just one of many outdoor activities for which Victoria is famous. Come ride with thousands of other like minded cyclists, and see why Victoria is the “Cycling Capital of Canada”.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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Jon Watkin April 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Would appreciate if you could note that the Russ Hay’s Time Trial and Condo Group Bastion Square Grand Prix are part of the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series. Also, please add the Accent Inns Classic for June 2, in Metchosin…..venue for the 2012 BC Road Cycling Championships. All the information can be found on Much appreciated.

Jon Watkin
Race Director
Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series

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