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Challenge yourself on the world’s most beautiful mountain roads! All the great climbs and the best views of the Canadian Rockies in one tour. This is truly a Gran Fondo!
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 pristine gems in the Canadian Rockies and ride all of the amazing climbs to stunning vistas. This tour is geared toward ambitious intermediate to advanced road riders and features 6,120 meters or 20,078 feet of elevation gain.
Trip starts and ends in Banff, Alberta
Day 1 (Sunday)
The Prologue Beautiful LakesAfter meeting at 9am at the Banff train station, we shuttle to the historic town of Jasper. The van ride is absolutely spectacular and 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 leisure. Distance 100km/62mi. Gain 1197m/3950ft. Lost 1197/3950ft.
Tackle a portion of the Tour of Alberta and see some huge waterfallsTackle a portion of the 2017 Tour of Alberta and see some huge waterfalls. In the morning we will ride up to the base of the Marmot Basin ski area. This 10k/6mi climb was part of the 2017 Tour of Alberta where some of the world's best cyclists challenged themselves on. The roadside distance and grade markers are unique to this climb, they will make you feel like you are pedaling up a european col. The exhilarating descent is very fluid and lacks traffic for your best enjoyment. The other two highlights of the day are the amazing waterfalls at Athabasca and Sunwapta. We stay overnight at Sunwapta Falls Resort and enjoy dinner as a group. Distance 77km/48mi. Gain 1363m/4472ft. Lost 1030m/3379ft.
Climb Sunwapta Pass and experience the Columbia IcefieldThis morning we are following the Sunwapta River up to tackle the steepest climb of the trip to the breath-taking Columbia Icefields. After a sightseeing stop at the Athabasca Glacier we continue to climb across Sunwapta Pass. Enjoy a fun, fast and extremely scenic 15k / 10 mile 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 leisure. Distance 98km/61mi. Gain 1232m/4066ft. Lost 1182m/3901ft.
The highest pass and two world renowned 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 Moraine Lake. Overnight at Mountaineer Lodge and partake of the tour's last dinner as a group. 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 frequent on this road and beautiful views of the turquoise Bow River and majestic Castle Mountain offer a great backdrop to today’s ride. After saying your goodbyes you will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at a hotel of your choice (all drop of completed by 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
Hotel Accommodations in dbl occ :
- 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
You also receive a Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours water bottle!
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$500 CAD deposit per person is due with booking. If you are part of an exclusive group booking a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee is due at the time of booking. Balance is payable 60 days prior to the trip. If trip is cancelled more than 60 days prior to departure we refund the deposit except for a $150 CAD cancellation fee. If trip is cancelled 31-60 days prior to departure 50% of the trip fee is non-refundable. If trip is cancelled 30 days or less before departure trip fee is non-refundable. We do recommend trip cancellation insurance.