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Tour of Alberta
Prologue – Capital Start
Tuesday, September 3 – Edmonton
Start/Finish Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square (99 Street and 102A Avenue)
Distance: 7.3 kilometres
The Tour of Alberta will begin with a Prologue to showcase the racers with a one at a time individual time trial through Alberta’s capital city, where racers fight for seconds for the right to wear the first ever Tour of Alberta leader’s jersey. Starting and finishing at Sir Winston Churchill Square in the heart of downtown Edmonton, this eight-kilometre course will be covered by the individual cyclists in less than 10 minutes. However, those 10 minutes will be action-packed as spectators will see racers navigate tight neighborhoods, bomb down Grierson Hill at 80-kilometres-an-hour, or fight their way up the climb from the North Saskatchewan river valley through the Alberta Legislature grounds back to downtown. The man who conquers all will be the first to etch his name in Tour of Alberta history.
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Stage 1 – Heartland Highways
Wednesday, September 4 –Strathcona County to Camrose
Start Location: Festival Place (100 Festival Way)
Distance: 158 kilometres
Finish Location: Recreation Centre (5212 53 Street)
The first road stage of the Tour of Alberta will fittingly begin at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, as the event itself is a celebration of all of Alberta. After a neutral parade start, the race blasts north through the Strathcona suburbs to make a quick visit to the City of Fort Saskatchewan. From there racers curl south to Ardrossan and the scenic lake district, where they skirt the edge of beautiful Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. The day’s real challenge will lay in the tight, twisting, and rolling finishing circuits in Camrose. Here the Recreation Centre will play host to three laps of this circuit and while the town will provide the hospitality, the circuit and its uphill finish will provide the worthy victory.
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Stage 2 – Country Roads
Thursday, September 5 — Devon to Red Deer
Start Location: Downtown (Athabasca Avenue between Erie and Huron Streets)
Distance: 175 kilometres
Finish Location: 50th Street, between 47 and 48 Avenue
Stage 2 – Country Roads begins in “Bike Town Alberta” — Devon. This cycling friendly town has seen many races and rides, but this may top them all. That’s just the beginning, and with nearly a half dozen communities along this 175-kilometre stage, this really is a tour of Alberta. Stage 2 brings the race to the people, as the race will pass by homes, business and farms and properties of thousands of Albertans. From Leduc to Millet, Wetaskiwin, Hobbema and Ponoka, following this lighting-speed tour of towns the racing turns serious as it approaches the City of Red Deer. A sharp climb up from the Red Deer River east of town will surely open the hostilities. Then it’s on to another tough finishing circuit. This time each of the three laps includes a 30-metre climb, and an 80-kilometers-per-hour downhill to the finish. It’s going to take legs and nerves to win in Red Deer.
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Stage 3 – Dinosaur Trails
Friday, September 6 — Strathmore to Drumheller
Start Location: Downtown, 2nd Avenue between and 3 Street and Lakeside Boulevard
Distance: 169 kilometres
Finish Location: Riverside Drive and Centre Street
Strathmore is quintessential small town Alberta, from the quaint main street to the park bandshell, but Stage 3 of the Tour of Alberta is anything but small. The flatlands are left behind as the race deepens its hunt for an overall victor. Strathmore’s plains quickly give way to some serious rolling hills as the race heads east then north through the community of Rosebud. Then it’s back to the banks of the Red Deer River in the heart of the Badlands – the Town of Drumheller. The river bluffs will provide more than great views and fossils on this day. These steep grades will be the launch pads to victory for the race’s best climbers. Drumheller fans get a front row seat for this action and a rare treat as the race will pass through town before doing a large loop north and back into town for a fast finish right under the world’s largest dinosaur. Look for this first day of serious hills to really shake up the race standings.
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Stage 4 – Black Diamond / Foothills
Saturday, September 7
Distance: 169 kilometres
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Stage 5 – Urban Finish
Sunday, September 8 – Okotoks to Calgary
Start Location: Seaman Stadium (2111 N. Railway Street)
Distance: 132 kilometres
Finish Location: Downtown Calgary (Centre Street and 4th Avenue)
Small town or suburb, the Town of Okotoks is both, and Seaman Stadium, Home of the Dawgs, will see the racers off for their final start. At the other end, skyscrapers and skywalks await the grand finale in downtown Calgary. The hill country west of Okotoks gives one final chance for those less affected by gravity, but chances are this day will belong to the daredevil sprinters. Through the community of Bragg Creek and a flat run into the city the speeds will slowly build up. They should reach fever pitch along Memorial Drive before crossing the Bow River and hitting the downtown finish circuit. Four laps await the racers and they will blaze a path around downtown putting on one final show for the crowd. The encore? A 60-kilometre shoulder-to-shoulder sprint in the shadow of Calgary Tower will determine the Tour of Alberta’s first ever champion.
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