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This tour for serious cyclists features the incredible beauty and diversity of the Canadian rockies main range. On this 520k / 320 mile tour you will not only get to ride the entire Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, but you will also get to see some of the hidden and less visited gems in the Canadian Rockies and ride all of the amazing climbs to stunning vistas. This tour is geared toward ambitious intermediate to serious road riders and features 6,250 metres or 20,650 feet of elevation gain
Day 1 (Sunday)
The Prologue Beautiful LakesAfter meeting in the morning at the Banff train station, we shuttle to the historic town of Jasper. The van ride is absolutely spectacular and today you will get to enjoy the scenery without having to sweat. Once in Jasper we size up the bikes and take an afternoon acclimatization ride to Pyramid Lake and Lake Anette. Overnight Jasper Inn. Group dinner with orientation. Distance 24km/15mi. Gain 313m/1032ft. Lost 180m/594ft.
Ride to the biggest lake and the deepest canyonRide to the biggest lake and the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies After a sumptuous breakfast buffet we ride to the largest lake in Jasper National Park. Maligne Lake is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed locations in the world. On our way back we explore the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies – Maligne Canyon with all it’s Cascades. Overnight Jasper Inn. Dinner at your own leisure. Distance 100km/62mi. Gain 1197m/3950ft. Lost 1197/3950ft.
Tackle the Canadian Alp d’Huez and see some huge waterfallsTackle the Canadian Alp d’Huez and see some huge waterfalls In the morning we will ride up to spectacular Mt Edith Cavell. This 14k / 8 mile switchback climb takes us to a hanging glacier above a lake filled with icebergs at the the bottom of the mile high, sheer north face of Mt Edith Cavell. After a short sightseeing stop at this amazing place you get to enjoy an exhilarating descent. The other 2 highlights of the day are the amazing waterfalls at Athabasca and Sunwapta. We stay overnight at Sunwapta Falls Resort, dinner all together. Distance 84km/52mi. Gain 1444m/4765ft. Lost 1110m/3663ft.
Climb Sunwapta Pass and experience the Columbia IcefieldThis morning we are following the Sunwapta River up and tackle the steepest climb of the trip up to the spectacular Columbia Icefields. After a sightseeing stop at the Athabasca Glacier we continue to climb across Sunwapta Pass. Now you will get to enjoy a fun, fast and extremely scenic 15k / 10 miles descent to the bottom of the Weeping Wall. From here we will follow the Saskatchewan River to our hotel at The Crossing. Dinner at your own leisure. Distance 98km/61mi. Gain 1232m/4066ft. Lost 1182m/3901ft.
The highest pass and two really famous lakesAfter a good night's sleep, it's onto the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a long climb to the highest point on the Parkway at Bow Summit. A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint at 7’000ft is a must. From here we continue downhill past spectacular lakes, rivers, glaciers and mountain peaks to Lake Louise. Here another challenge awaits – climb into the Valley of the Ten Peaks and to world famous Lake Louise. Overnight Mountaineer lodge, final dinner all together. Distance 110km/68mi. Gain 1554m/5128ft. Lost 1457m/4808ft.
Day 6 (Friday)
The Grande Finale to BanffOur last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway toward Banff. Wildlife sightings of elk, bear and bighorn sheep are quite frequently on this road and beautiful views of the turquoise Bow River and majestic Castle Mountain offer a great backdrop to today’s ride. we are descending into Banff. After saying our goodbyes you will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at a hotel of your choice no later than 1:00 p.m. Distance: 58km/36mi. Gain 517m/1706ft. Lost 674m/2224ft.
2 Professional Guides from the region
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Jasper Inn & Suites
- Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
- The Crossing Resort
- Mountaineer Lodge
Transportation & Luggage:
- Support Van for cyclists
- Transportation from/to Banff
- Luggage transfers
- National Park fees
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