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July 23/03 2:01 am - 2003 World Championships News


Posted by Editoress on 07/23/03
 

Courtesy 2003 World Championships

Mohawk In Motion To Provide The Mountain With A Window On The Worlds

Mohawk College, in partnership with the Hamilton 2003 Festival Organizing Committee today announced an exciting community event, Mohawk in Motion, which will take place at the College's Fennell Campus during the Road World Championships in October.

Mohawk in Motion, a three-day outdoor community event from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from October 10 to 12, will provide a mountain base for activities for Hamilton residents and race spectators. Participants will be able to watch the world's best cyclists speed by and also enjoy a variety of activities that will appeal to a wide audience. The event is free to the public, though some specific activities may require a fee.

The Mohawk in Motion program of events includes:

• Cycle City - bicycle related activities - bicycle safety, cycling demonstrations, Variety Village adaptive bike demonstration, local cycle shop vendors and not-for-profit organizations, as well as an Extreme Bike Show on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

• Children's Area - five free interactive stations for children, including crafts and cycling-themed games, rock climbing wall, inflatable interactive games, Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys' and Girls' Club Tween Zone, United Way activity station, face painting, balloon animals and more…

• Big Tent - food services, plus large screen televisions with race coverage and cycling features

• Entertainment - Between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, there will be four daily acts, featuring Practically Hip, Daytrippers, Mike Woods, the Mohawk Jazz Band and more. Buskers and performers will be circulating throughout the event site as well.

• Extreme Seats - A contest that will run prior to the Road Worlds with ten winners receiving a preferred seating location on Fennell Avenue, free food and beverage, a t-shirt and Muskoka Chair

Parking will be free at Mohawk College via the West 5th entrance. Supervised bicycle parking will also be provided. Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, is located on the Fennell Avenue straightaway portion of the race course, between West 5th and Garth Street. The college is an easy five to ten minute walk to all three race accesses - James Mountain (West 5th), Beckett Drive (Queen Street) and Claremont Access (Upper James).

Rona Signs On With Hamilton 2003

The Hamilton 2003 World's Organizing Committee continues to build momentum towards October's Championship with the announcement of a new partnership with RONA. The home improvement powerhouse has signed on as the Official Home Improvement Retailer of the 2003 World Road Cycling Championships.

RONA is proud to communicate its passion for sports through various partnerships and sponsorships and has long been a supporter of Canadian Cycling. They have sponsored events such as the Montreal Women's World Cup Challenge and the Féria du vélo de Montréal. Since 2000, they have sponsored Team RONA, a result of their original Sponsorship with Geneviève Jeanson, the 2003 Women's Elite Road Race National Champion. Most recently, RONA has partnered with Esker to create Team RONA-Esker compromised of Karen Bockel (Germany), Andrea Hannos (Canada), Meshy Holt (New Zealand), Geneviève Jeanson (Canada), Kristen La Sasso (US) , Magalie Le Floc'h (France), Catherine Marsal (France), Carrie Tuck (Canada), Erinne Willock (Canada).

"We're thrilled to be associated with an event of this magnitude in our own back yard and we're looking forward to this competition", said Mark Hindman, Ontario Marketing Director. "Supporting Canadian athletes is important to us. We've been a keen supporter of cycling at both the recreational and elite levels, having been the main sponsor for the past three years of team RONA/Esker, a world-class team and one of only two Canadian women's cycling teams recognized by the International Cycling Union. It's a tremendous opportunity for Canadians to take pride in hosting these world class athletes and we'll be there to cheer them on."

Neil Lumsden, Hamilton 2003 General Manager and Chief Operating Officer is truly enthusiastic about the new agreement. "This newly formed partnership has paralleled our goal to reach and connect with consumers across the country. We look forward to building this new partnership with RONA over the next few months."

 


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