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Route announced for inaugural year of Tour of Alberta

The organizers of the Tour of Alberta, the Alberta Peloton Association (APA) have unveiled the official stages and route that will connect 11 communities and pass though over a dozen more, for when the eyes of the world of professional cycling focuses on Alberta this fall. 

Some of the world’s top professional cyclists will soon be racing close to 900-kilometres across Alberta, from the streets of its capital city, Edmonton, through the province’s heartland, across prairies, badlands and majestic Rocky Mountains to a fast-paced finish circuit in the streets of Calgary in the first and largest stage race ever held in Canada -- the Tour of Alberta, September 3 to 8, 2013.

Tuesday, September 3: Prologue - Capital Start in Edmonton

Wednesday, September 4: Stage 1 - Heartland Highways, from Strathcona County to Camrose 

Thursday, September 5: Stage 2 - Country Roads, from Devon to Red Deer 

Friday, September 6: Stage 3 - Dinosaur Trails, from Strathmore to Drumheller 

Saturday, September 7: Stage 4 - Racing the Rockies (Queen Stage), from Black Diamond to Canmore

Sunday, September 8 : Stage 5 - Urban Finish, from Okotoks to Calgary

“As a former professional cyclist, I am excited to announce the official route for Canada’s first major stage race, and can’t wait to see some of the pros from the Tour de France racing across Alberta,” said Brian Jolly, Chair of the APA and Tour of Alberta. “Working with our host communities, Alberta Transportation, the RCMP, provincial sheriffs and others, our Technical Director, Jeff Corbett, has done a great job on designing a world class course.” 

“The prologue and the five stages for the 2013 Tour of Alberta really showcase some unique and diverse areas of Alberta that many people who have not seen or been to the province will be surprised to see,” said Duane Vienneau, Executive Director of the Tour of Alberta. “Cycling fans will appreciate both the fast sprints across wide open prairies, as well as some challenging climbs in the Rockies, and at the same time, people from around the world will get to see some amazing scenery and embrace Alberta western hospitality.” 

“The Alberta Government is pleased and proud to partner with Tour of Alberta organizers to showcase all the best that Alberta has to offer the world, seen by bike along our provincial highways and byways,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation. “We are working closely with Tour organizers to plan a world-class route through our province that will be safe for cyclists, spectators and motorists.” 

As the first pro cycling race of its kind to be held in Canada, the Tour of Alberta is expected to attract significant international attention, and include top professional teams from around the world, including Tour de France competitors and world champions. 

Official Stage maps and more information on the Tour of Alberta can be found at www.tourofalberta.ca. 

About the Tour of Alberta The Tour of Alberta: Canada’s Pro-Cycling Festival is a six-day stage race scheduled to be held September 3 to 8, 2013.  The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s governing body, awarded the inaugural Tour of Alberta with a 2.1 sanctioning in September 2012, making it one of the highest level pro cycling events in Canada, and one of the highest level events in North America. An annual event beginning in 2013, the Tour of Alberta will feature up to 15 professional, international cycling teams, comprised of eight riders per team. The event will be broadcast live daily in Canada on Sportsnet, and broadcast internationally on various networks, as it is expected that the event will host riders from over 20 countries around the world.  

Alberta Peloton Association