Calling All Pedal Pushers: It’s Tour of Alberta Time!

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Anticipation is already building for the Tour of Alberta, Canada’s first and highest-ranked professional road cycling stage race coming September 1 to 5. The spectacular race is the core event, but after the last rider passes and the dust begins to settle, what do you do with your excitement and newfound cycling inspiration?

This year, new to Tour of Alberta, you can also race like the pros at Velothon Edmonton. If you’ve got little ones with you, why not check out the ATB Financial Family Ride? Or if biking isn’t your style, check out one of the Tour of Alberta Travelling Festivals!

Velothon Edmonton

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Ever want to try your hand on a 20 km circuit professional biking circuit? Try the Tour of Alberta’s Stage 4 and Stage 5. Velothon Edmonton marks the first time that one of the UCI Velothon Majors takes place outside of Europe. You can either do the 60 km or 100 km distances which will make your heart race but save your energy for a memorable charge towards the Tour of Alberta finish line! Get all the details and sign up here.

ATB Financial Family Ride Supporting CASA (Edmonton)

Want a cool idea for a family outing? How about a fun corporate team-building activity? Maybe you just want to tour downtown Edmonton and the Legislature Grounds without worrying about traffic. The ATB Financial Family Ride is the perfect opportunity to get out on your bikes and ride part of the Tour of Alberta route at your own pace. As an added bonus, you can feel good knowing that the proceeds support CASA – Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health.

Two traffic-free circuits, 2 km and 5 km, start and finish at Churchill Square under the Tour of Alberta finish line, also known as the truss, – the very same one the pros will use a few hours later. Click here to register, donate, or sponsor.

Tour of Alberta Travelling Festivals

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The Tour of Alberta wouldn’t be the same with out the festivals! This year, Lethbridge, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley, and Edmonton are the host communities putting on festivals during each of the five race stages. Admission is free, so if you happen to catch Tour of Alberta fever, you can follow the peloton and visit as many as you like. Each festival location has its own unique mix of kids’ activities, delicious food, music, vendor booths, and healthy-living programming. See festival dates and details here!

The Main Event: Tour of Alberta

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Last year, 47 million viewers worldwide tuned in to watch the Tour of Alberta, one of the biggest cycling events in the Americas. This year, it is a five-day road cycling stage race that has attracted 120 of some of the world’s top cyclists willing to challenge themselves on our mountains, foothills, and parkland. Come out to greet and cheer on the cyclists when they roll into your area and show your Alberta pride!

Thurs., Sept. 1 – Stage 1: Lethbridge Circuit

Fri., Sept. 2 – Stage 2: Kananaskis to Olds

Sat., Sept. 3 – Stage 3: Rocky Mountain House to Drayton Valley

Sun., Sept. 4 – Stage 4: Edmonton Time Trial at Hawrelak Park

Mon., Sept. 5 – Stage 5: Edmonton Circuit at Churchill Square

 

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