Sept. 4 | Stage 3 | Grande Cache (Municipal District of Greenview) to Jasper National Park
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Sept. 4 | Stage 3 | Grande Cache (Municipal District of Greenview) to Jasper National Park

  • 04.09.2015
  • 00:00 - 00:00

SEPT. 4 | GO AUTO STAGE 3 | GRANDE CACHE (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF GREENVIEW) TO JASPER NATIONAL PARK (MIETTE HOT SPRINGS)
181.8 KM | 10:10 AM – 2:37 PM

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Stage 3 will start within the Municipal District of Greenview in new host community, Grande Cache, which is nestled on a plateau surrounded by 21 mountain peaks. Cyclists will race down  scenic Highway 40 surrounded by stunning wilderness into Jasper National Park, one of Alberta’s major attractions for both national and international tourists. Cyclists will face two dauntingly high-ranked categorized climbs in the final 17 kilometres. The last climb is more than five kilometres long and averages 8% grade on Miette Road up to the renowned Miette Hot Springs famed as the hottest known springs in the Canadian Rockies. This will mark a historic first for the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial as its first mountain top finish since the event’s inception.

LRyan_Anderson_2isten to Ryan Anderson of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies and winner of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Top Canadian Jersey at the 2013 & 2014 Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial talk about Stage 3.

STAGE 3: START COMMUNITY: GRANDE CACHE & THE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF GREENVIEW

About Grande Cache

Escape into a land of sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, green valleys, and windswept peaks. Nestled on a mountain plateau at 1280 m (4200 ft.), Grande Cache is located northwest of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the Bighorn Highway 40, the shortest, most scenic route to Alaska from the United States.

Surrounded by 21 mountain peaks and 2 river valleys, Grande Cache is the Gateway to Willmore Wilderness Park, Alberta’s greatest mountain treasure. Willmore Wilderness Park has an abundance of trails, big game, alpine flowers, and spectacular waterways.

Grande Cache offers a wide selection of outdoor adventure opportunities including horseback riding, paddle sports, golfing, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, and fantastic photographic opportunities. Enjoy hiking, biking, and all-terrain vehicles on the numerous multi-use trails surrounding the community.

Need to get off the pavement for a break? Provincial parks like Pierre Grey’s Lakes, Rock Lake and William A Switzer offer great relaxation stops with stunning vistas of Alberta’s Northern Rockies, quiet trails for walking and beautiful lakes to cool you. Find out more about provincial parks and campgrounds at albertaparks.ca.

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About the Municipal District of Greenview
Vibrant, diverse and rich in opportunity, Greenview offers a unique experience for individuals and families. Located 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, Greenview is the third largest rural municipality in northern Alberta spanning a massive land base of nearly 33,000 square kilometres, from the British Columbia border to the west, the Big Smoky River to the north, the M.D. of Big Lakes to the east and the mighty Athabasca and Berland Rivers to the south.

It’s big – really big.
It’s beautiful – breath taking, knock your socks off beautiful.
It’s a powerhouse of potential supported by economic diversity in the forestry, energy, agriculture and tourism sectors, progressive infrastructure and a remarkably diverse culture that values community, friendship and family.

The MD of Greenview embraces five hamlets and three towns within a large, naturally pristine, geographic area. Our communities work collaboratively to drive economic growth, sustain a progressive infrastructure and ensure environmental stewardship of the incredible natural resources that make our rural municipality absolutely stunning.

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STAGE 3: FINISH COMMUNITY: JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Where the wild never left the wilderness.

Jasper is a rare place where taking the path less traveled rewards you with an authentic, eclectic experience. We’re not on the main road or the main route.  The journey to is as exceptional as the destination.

Jasper National Park, covering 10,878 km (4,200 miles), is listed as one of only 15 UNESCO extraordinary sites in Canada.  It’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons you will find it on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List–deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.

In 2011 Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve.  In addition to celebrating this place’s daytime views, the unspoiled night sky is a wilderness astronomy to be shared.

History

Established in 1813, Jasper House was first a North West Company, and later Hudson’s Bay Company, fur trade post.  Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is 2,775,000 acres, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.  The railway siding at the location of the future townsite of Jasper, was established in 1911 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and was originally named the Fitzhugh.  The townsite was surveyed in 1913 and was renamed Jasper after the former fur trade post.  In 1931 Jasper became accessible by road from Edmonton.  In 1940, following a make work project for so many, the scenic Icefields Parkway opened, connecting Banff and Jasper.

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SHUTTLE INFORMATION TO MIETTE HOT SPRINGS ON SEPTEMBER 4

A shuttle bus will be available for public to catch up to Miette Hot Springs to watch the finish of Stage 3.

The bus pick up will be at 11:30 am from the Freson Bros. parking lot, departure time will depend on the race, roughly 4 pm.

Shuttle tickets are $10 per person. Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information or to register, please click here.

TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS | September 4 |  Grande Cache in partnership with Municipal District of Greenview to Jasper National Park (Miette Hot Springs)

Race time: 10:10am to 2:40pm

Road Closures between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm:
Minimal road closures in Town of Grande Cache beginning at 9:50 am and opening at 10:30 am
– Hwy 40 closed to northbound traffic at Hwy 16 intersection at 8am and reopens at 1:30 pm
– Hwy 40 closed to southbound traffic in Grande Cache at 9:50 am and reopens approximately 30 mins later. Traffic will flow behind the peloton/entourage at the pace the race is travelling.
– Hwy 16 closed to westbound traffic at Hwy 40 intersection at 1:00 pm and reopens at 1:30 pm
– Hwy 16 closed to eastbound traffic at Miette Rd intersection is closed at 12:30pm and reopens at 2:00pm
– Miette Rd. will be closed to the public. Exceptions are reserved campers, staff, and guests of the Miette Hot Springs Resort.