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Friday, May 2, 2008

Bike Fest~

Banff National Park to host three bike races in June

The rubber meets the road this June at the Banff National Park Bike Fest with a triple threat of exciting events – a scenic individual time trial, a high-speed criterium, and an elite invitational road race through the wilderness. Thousands of dollars in prize money, cycling gear, and lasting glory are up for grabs but so are opportunities to explore one of the world’s most unique natural destinations – whether you bike ride casually or virtually live in Lycra.

Individual Time Trial
The individual time trial travels a 17 kilometre route past pristine mountain rivers, clear lakes, sheer cliffs, and rock formations. Up to 250 cyclists will sprint off at 30-second intervals starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21st in one continuous lap of Lake Minnewanka. Time trials – or “The Race of Truth” – are all about the rider, the clock, and meeting individual and personal goals.

Criterium
The one-hour criterium will hit the streets of Banff Saturday at 5 p.m. for more than 300 cyclists. Be prepared for sharp turns, breakaway sprints, and fierce competition. Also that evening, a shortened route of the criterium course will host family bicycle events, including the HooDoo Cruiser Crit and a children’s fun race dubbed “Little Crits.”

Road Race
By Sunday at 8 a.m. 150 cycling pros in colourful jerseys will head out on the Road Race around Tunnel Mountain, the Rockies’ smallest peak at 1,692 metres (5551 ft). Teams from across Canada and the US are expected for this invitation-only event, sanctioned by the Alberta Bicycling Association. After the pace is established, cyclists take turns drafting each other before the final sprint, so the pack will cycle within a “rolling enclosure” where security temporarily closes down intersections in advance. Male riders will rack up a grueling 142.5 kms and the women will race over 85.5 kms.

Experience the Park
Bicycling is celebrated as one of the most environmentally friendly forms of transport these days and Banff National Park is the finest place in the world to explore on two wheels. Bring your mountain bike, road bike, or street cruiser, or just rent one in Banff and Lake Louise and go for a pedal. Take a picnic and stop along the way to soak in the views, read the historic interpretive markers, look for wildlife, and take a few photos.

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Corporate retreat, meeting and conference facilities at the Banff Aspen Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
 
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