The inaugural Tour of Alberta marks Canada’s first major international professional stage race, and Alberta’s first foray into the growing global sport of cycling.
Adopted through the vision of Albertan Alex Stieda, the first North American to wear the yellow leader’s jersey at the Tour de France, the Tour of Alberta is scheduled for September 3 – 8, 2013 throughout the province.
This world-class event, which is free to the public, will start in Edmonton and finish six days later in Calgary, home of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The course is estimated to traverse more than 800 kilometer of urban as well as rural roads in Alberta. The event will include more than 50 communities of various sizes, making it one of Canada’s most unique and most spanning sporting events.
The initial seed money to fund the start up of the project comes from the Rural Alberta Development Fund, a key partner for the event in its inaugural year.
The event will feature more than 15 of the world’s top teams, some of which will compete in the Tour de France earlier in the year. The race will feature athletes from more than 20 countries, making it one of Alberta’s most international events since the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary and the 2001 IAAF Track and Field Championships in Edmonton.
The event will draw athletes that have competed in many of the world’s top races, including the Tour de France and Tour of Italy. The field will include world and national champions from various countries as well as top-ranked cyclists on the world circuit.
The event is sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale and Canadian Cycling Association, and has received a 2.1 ranking, the highest ever for a Canadian stage race. The event follows the success of the two one-day World Cups that began three years ago in Montreal and Quebec.
The event’s leadership team is led by former Tour de France rider and current UCI commission member Brian Jolly and former Edmonton Eskimos executive Duane Vienneau, the race’s executive director.
The event promoter Medalist Sports of Atlanta, Ga., USA, is an industry leader that has produced the top professional stage races in America the past 20 years.
Date: September 3-8, 2013