The public got their first look at the Lethbridge leg of this year’s Tour of Alberta race when the local organizing committee unveiled the route over 120 world class cyclists will tackle on September 1, 2016.
Lethbridge will play host to the first stage of the Tour of Alberta 2016. The race will begin in Galt Gardens at 5 p.m. and is expected to end between 7-8 p.m., featuring elite cyclists from around the world. The route will see competitors race from downtown, north on Scenic Drive to Peenaquim Park. They will then take on the challenging climb up and out of the river valley to get back to downtown. The 107 km race will consist of nine laps through this circuit finishing in Galt Gardens (see map attached).
“This year’s route should be fast but challenging for the riders,” says Chris Witkowski, chair of the local organizing committee. “That combination will make for a really exciting race to watch which is great news for spectators along the route.”
In addition to the race, residents and visitors can enjoy a community festival taking place in Galt Gardens from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This event will include activities for children, stage performances, a beer garden, vendor booths, a stage and a big screen to watch the race live as it runs through the city.
“We are excited for this world class event to come back to our City,” says Witkowski. “But we know it takes a strong group of volunteers to make this a success. If you want to be a part of a really unique event and help us showcase Lethbridge to the world, I encourage you to sign up to be a Tour of Alberta volunteer.”
This event will require over 225 local volunteers in a variety of roles. Interested individuals and groups can sign-up by visiting: www.tourofalberta.ca.
Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on September 1 to support this major event. Volunteers will be on the route, supporting the Festival, and helping with international media needs.
Those with flag person training are especially needed for shifts on the course. Flag person training will be offered in mid to late August for those who do not currently have it but wish to be a volunteer on the course.
Interested individuals and groups can sign up to volunteer at www.tourofalberta.ca – under EXPERIENCE and then VOLUNTEER. They will then be contacted by the local volunteer coordinators for availability and preference of volunteer duties.
For questions about volunteering, individuals and groups can email [email protected]
We invite the whole community to mark their calendars and look forward to a huge celebration and a prime location to watch the Tour of Alberta as the cyclists pass the start/finish line at Galt Gardens nine times.
The community festival will take place in Galt Gardens from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event will include activities for children, stage performances, a beer gardens, booths from local, provincial and international organizations and sponsors, a stage and a big screen to watch the race live as it runs through the city.
Opportunities for the community to be a part of this significant event are now available in the form of volunteerism, sponsorship and festival participation.
Sponsorship and promotion opportunities
Businesses and organizations are already stepping up to sponsor this major international sporting event and/or showcase their products at the Festival. Businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities or festival booth availability can contact Jillian Chaffee at 403.942.3254.
FAQ’s and Interesting Facts
- The Tour of Alberta is online at www.tourofalberta.ca and also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram – links are on their website for all of their social media.
- Follow Lethbridge’s leg of Tour of Alberta planning, as well as other cycling events in Southern Alberta, on our Facebook group: “Tour of Alberta 2016 – Lethbridge Day 1”
- The Tour of Alberta in 2015 was broadcast to 161 countries with an international audience of 50 million viewers during the 30 hours of live coverage on Sportsnet over the 6 day event!
- Lethbridge was the first Southern Alberta city to be showcased in the Tour of Alberta.
- Lethbridge will showcase the first circuit for the Tour with 107 km being covered over 9 laps. It is expected to be a challenging route which will create time gaps that affect overall standings.
- In 2016 we have ordered sun! Lots and lots of sun!