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Tour of Alberta bicycle race coming to MVC
Posted: 2016 July 27th
Friday, September 2nd is the date that the annual Tour of Alberta multi-stage bicycle race will be winding its way through Mountain View County.
The County, in partnership with the Town of Olds, will provide part of the backdrop for the 182 km second stage that begins in the mountains of Kananaskis Country and rolls through to the finish line near Centennial Park in Olds.
Up to 120 riders comprising several teams will take part in the five-stage event, one of the largest multi-stage bicycle races in North America and the largest in Canada. Format for the race will be similar to the vaunted Tour de France with a yellow jersey (overall race leader) being awarded at the end of each stage, along with individual stage winners.
The stage will start along Highway 40, followed by a stretch along Highway 40 past Cochrane. The race will then turn northward along Highway 766 until it reaches Highway 27 for its eastward leg into Olds for the stage finish.
For County residents, the race will only impact those along the two provincial highways, and will feature rolling road closures along the route for the race to pass. This will also include any private driveways that connect onto Highway 766 from the south boundary north to Highway 27, and from that intersection east along Highway 27 to the boundary with the Town of Olds.
The main race grouping (peloton) will be supported by teams in vehicles, race coordinators, along with mobile media, and of course police and patrol presence to help ensure the rolling road closures happen quickly and efficiently, along with ensuring overall safety of the riders and the general public.
No specific time of day has been confirmed for the tour to make its way into Mountain View County, but it is estimated to be in the local area between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. when the race is wrapped up.
More communication will be forthcoming for residents along the race route as more details become available.
Watch this space and other county information outlets including the website (www.mountainviewcounty.com) and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for updates. For more information on the Tour of Alberta race and volunteer opportunities visit them online (www.tourofalberta.ca) or their social media accounts. Information will also be available from the Town of Olds, Olds Institute and Olds College.
County, Town, partners co-hosting stage
In April, Mountain View County Council agreed to a $15,000 contribution towards the hosting rights fee for the stage. The Town of Olds also agreed to a $15,000 portion with the Olds Institute and Olds College also providing a financial contribution.
More: Stage 2 Race Map