Canada's first professional stage race has made it into the mountains - broadcasting images of one of our most iconic national parks to tens of millions around the world. The professional cyclists pass the Tour of Alberta Ride the Road colours on their first significant hill climb out of Jasper on Day Four. Any gravel shoulder wider than a lawn chair was sure to attract a crowd of enthusiastic spectators who would see the racers pass at least three times on the Athabasca Falls loop before heading up to Marmot for the stage finish. Fans arrived from many points but full motels and campgrounds meant there would be many making the Tour of Alberta a day trip from Edmonton.
Prior to the arrival of the race the route was teeming with cyclists determined to experience as much of the event as they could by riding sections of the circuit while others were just in search for the perfect site for viewing. This particular professional sport has a captivating effect on the public and the mood of pockets of spectators on the route was an infectious enthusiasm.
The Tour of Alberta is organized by the Alberta Peloton Association.