Photo: Tourism Jasper/ Jeff Bartlett
By Tourism Jasper
Jasper, AB -- On June 11th, cyclists of all abilities will take over the pavement as they pedal themselves in a race to the finish line.
The GranFondo Jasper is a cycling event meant to bring every adventure (and fitness) level to the roads of the real Rockies, with four different routes to choose from. The event is only the second Gran Fondo in North America to be held completely within a national park system, offering racers the opportunity to venture beyond in an awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Feel like channeling your inner Bauke Mollema, winner of the 2015 Tour of Alberta? The most challenging route, the Forte Fondo, will see racers covering a total of 190 km with an elevation gain of 2,339 metres as they travel down the Icefields Parkway before making their way up Marmot Basin road to the base of the ski area – just as the racers of the tour did back in September.
If you’d like to scale it back just a litt1e, choose from 165, 100, or 65 km routes instead. The event, put together by Multisportscanada, is intended for competitors of all ages.
“We are excited to be returning to Jasper for the 2nd annual GranFondo. With a growth of 20% in
registrations, we look forward to showcasing the Rocky Mountains to cyclists of all abilities,” Trevor Soll of Multisportscanada says.
Last year’s winner of the GranFondo Jasper (165 km), Matt Décor, clocked in with a finish time of 5 hours, 4 minutes, and 44 seconds.
But you don’t have to win the Gran Fondo to have an epic and memorable experience! Riders, ranging from professional to recreational cyclists are encouraged to participate in this event simply for a sense of personal achievement, the scenic Rocky Mountain views and the camaraderie of fellow racers. Not ready to ride? Join the fun as an enthusiastic spectator on the sidelines – cheerleading is encouraged!
Registration for the event, capped at 400 participants, will close on June 9th at 8 PM mountain time.
Registration includes an official technical t-shirt, chip timing, full service stop, a custom water bottle,
mechanical and medical support, and a finisher’s medal!
In addition, GranFondo Jasper will donate $10 from every entry to support the Jasper Community Team, a unique network of agencies, organizations and individuals collaborating to improve the quality of life in the community of Jasper.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.granfondo-jasper.ca.
About Tourism Jasper
Tourism Jasper is the official marketing organization of Jasper and Jasper National Park, Canada’s base of adventure. As the keepers of the Jasper brand, our role is to present Jasper as it really is: an awe-inspiring and authentic Rocky Mountain destination –the entry point to Canada’s most epic adventures. It is from here that the greatest personal expeditions begin; where explorers and wanderers from around the world collect to enjoy the activities, accommodations, restaurants, and businesses of the town of Jasper, before taking on the real Canadian Rockies of Jasper National Park.
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