“One to go, one to go, one to go, one to go, one to go, one to go!”
If you’ve been to any of North America’s most important races, you’ll recognize the trademark call of race announcer Dave Towle as riders scream past the start-finish line to start the final climactic lap of a race.
With exactly one month to go to the start of the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix presented by Allstream, we’re pleased to announce that calling the race from the main stage at Cambie and Water will be Colorado native Dave Towle and BC’s own Jeremy Storie.
Known as the voice of American bike racing, Towle has been the race announcer for every edition of the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Missouri, Tour de Georgia and Tour of Ireland. He’s also been on the mike for the last four races in Gastown from 2005 to 2008.
This year’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream is once again expected to attract North America’s best bike riders and criterium specialists and because nobody knows them better than Towle, spectators can expect an entertaining inside look at the peloton’s stars as they look to make history on Gastown’s brick streets.
Providing a local perspective will be Jeremy Storie whose in-depth knowledge of the racing scene, riders and teams in British Columbia comes from 30 years’ experience in cycling as a racer, coach, team director and announcer.
Over the years, Storie has been a coach and director for Canadian and US teams such as 800.com and Symmetrics, and has also coached Cycling BC and Cycling Canada programs. He has also served as a race director for international track events and the Canadian National Track Cycling Championships at the Burnaby Velodrome.
To top it off, Storie also raced in the 1989 to 1993 editions of the Gastown Grand Prix, which were won by riders like Jonas Carney, Roberto Gaggioli and Lance Armstrong.
“Certain events have storied histories of enabling winners to go on to further greatness,” says Storie. “With past champions such as Ron Hayman, Alex Steida, Brian Walton, Alison Sydor, Marianne Berglund, Jonas Carney, and Lance Armstrong to name just a few, Gastown is one of those events. It paves the way to greatness.”
After waiting 47 months since Andrew Pinfold and Gina Grain won the last race in 2008, fans of the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream can take heart that there’s only one month left to wait, or as Dave Towle would say, “One to go, one to go, one to go, one to go, one to go, one to go!”