Stage 3 – Town of Grande Cache and MD of Greenview – September 4
September 2 – 7, 2015 marks the third annual Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial – Canada’s highest ranked professional road race. This world-class six-day event travels a diverse landscape of communities across Alberta while spectators enjoy interactive festivals, exhilarating competition, live entertainment, and family fun activities. Kids can also enjoy the Official Tour of Alberta Activity Booklet complete with fun facts, activities, games and more!
The Municipal District of Greenview is proud to host Stage 3 in partnership with the Town of Grande Cache. The race will begin in the Grande Cache town site travelling along Highway 40 to reach the finish line at Jasper National Park and Miette Hot Springs. This is one of the longest stages of the Tour at 181.8 kilometres.
Cyclists will face two daunting high-ranked categorized climbs in the final 17 kilometres of Stage 3. The last climb is more than five kilometres long and averages 8 percent grade on Miette Road up to the renowned Miette Hot Springs famed as the hottest known springs in the Canadian Rockies. This will mark a historic first for the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial at its first mountain top finish since the event`s inception.
The first stages of the Tour of Alberta are sponsored by the City of Grande Prairie (Stage 1 Team Trials) and the County of Grande Prairie (Stage 2). During Stage 2, the final 40 kilometres will feature two 20 kilometre loops through Grovedale with a 1.5 kilometre climb out of the scenic Wapiti River valley.
For more information on Stage 2 of the Tour of Alberta hosted by the County of Grande Prairie, go to their website www.countygp.ca and select Government>County Projects>Tour of Alberta.
Traffic Impacts – September 4
Traffic on Highway 40 will be impacted on September 4th. All northbound traffic on Highway 40 from the Highway 16 junction to Grande Cache will be closed for five hours on race day. Any traffic travelling south beyond Grande Cache in this section will be unable to pass the bike convoy and will have to travel at 50 km/hr. There may also be extra congestion on Highway 40 from Grande Prairie to Grande Cache on the morning of September 4th as the Tour of Alberta teams travel to the start point of the race.
Tour of Alberta will be contacting businesses along the highway 40 corridor to inform them of the traffic impacts and there will be signage notifying travellers. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Tour of Alberta at 587-523-0280 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a host community the Town of Grande Cache is developing festival events for the morning of September 4th. The local Chamber of Commerce is also planning an evening event for September 3rd as we count down to race day. For more details follow Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre on Facebook or check this page for updates.
The Tour of Alberta has many volunteer opportunities available. To become a volunteer complete the registration form. Upon completing your volunteer registration you will receive a confirmation of your volunteer role, community, date and shift time. A local community volunteer coordinator will also be in touch to confirm your position. We look forward to seeing you at the races!