The Tour of Alberta will bring 120 of the world’s best cyclists to Jasper National Park this September 5.
Jasper’s steep hills will play host to the event’s fourth stage, said Duane Vienneau, Executive Director of the tour.
“[The Jasper stage] will mark the first time we’ve been to the mountains,” Vienna said.
There are six stages in the race, set for September 2-7. The starting stage will be in Grande Prairie while the finish will be in Edmonton.
The exact route through Jasper National Park is still in the vetting process, but Vienneau confirmed that it will start in the townsite and finish at the top of Marmot Basin Road.
“We’re thrilled,” he said. “We’ll have a mountain-top finish.”
In November, council committed $60,000 to bringing the tour to Jasper, with hopes that other local stakeholders could also contribute to the race’s rights fees. On January 14 Parks Canada and Tourism Jasper confirmed their support.
The Tour of Alberta features the top cyclists in the world.
“Half of the guys in our race will be in the Tour de France this year,” Villeneau said.
The average race stage is between 140 and 160 km. The Tour of Alberta features a “rolling closure,” meaning only a small portion of the highways and roads on which the peloton of cyclists and caravan of support vehicles race will be closed at any one time.