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Climbing to the top, conquering the Marmot hill

The Fitzhugh was given the opportunity to race up the Marmot Basin hill, Sept. 5, as part of the Tour of Alberta's media challenge, but as our staff was busy covering the tour, it was impossible to send one us huffing and puffing up the hill. Instead, we searched high and low for a Jasperite to take our place and eventually, at the 11th hour, landed on Chase Hammell, a 15-year-old cycling enthusiast. The Ma ...

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A junior cyclist weighs in on the Tour of Alberta

Fourteen-year-old Bronwen Campbell has been in Jasper every summer of her life, staying at her family's cabin on Lake Edith. For the past three years she has been racing bikes in British Columbia for the racing team dEVo. Cycling is her passion and the Tour of Alberta was the highlight of her summer. Printed here is Bronwen's perspective on the professional cycling event. Coming to Jasper is always a highli ...

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Dutch cyclist wins again, wins both mountain top finishes in JNP

Dutch cyclist Tom-Jelte Slagter did it again, winning stage four of the Tour of Alberta and winning both mountain top finishes in Jasper National Park. Slagter waited patiently before making his final attack with less than 500 metres to go. The strategy paid off and he crossed the finish line at the summit of Marmot Rd. with a time of 4:09:26. With the win he now sits in third place on the overall leader bo ...

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Dutch cyclist wins stage three of Tour of Alberta

Riders from the Tour of Alberta battled single digit temperatures and rain during stage three of the race from Grande Cache to Miette Hot Springs, Sept. 4. As they neared Jasper National Park the sun finally broke through the clouds offering reprieve for the final 24 km of the race. The race was close during the final 15 km climb to the summit of Miette Rd., but it was Dutch cyclist Tom-Jelte Slagter who ca ...

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Tour of Alberta: Cycling lingo

As with all sports, cycling has it’s own language. Don’t be left out of the conversation when the Tour of Alberta rolls through Jasper National Park Sept. 4-5, check out this handy guide to cycling lingo and practice up so you can impress your friends. Attack – Breaking away from the pack with the intention of placing at the finish line. It’s also called a break or breakaway. Blocking – When one rider, or a ...

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Tour of Alberta: Downtown road closures Sept. 3-5

Hosting a professional bike race comes with a whole host of benefits, but along with those benefits come a few inconveniences. One of those is road closures. For three days, beginning Sept. 3, business owners, residents and visitors will find themselves detouring around Jasper’s downtown core, while numerous roads are closed to allow safe travel for the cyclists competing in the Tour of Alberta, as well as ...

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Creating a legacy climb: Partnership leads to cycling signage along Marmot road

No matter how you cut it, the Marmot Basin hill climb is a slog. Yet, cyclists pump their way up it all the time. They cram into their spandex, clip into their pedals and give ‘er, pedalling with all of their might to the top, before triumphantly coasting down. From the highway it’s about a 13 km climb, while from the Portal Creek turnoff it’s closer to 10 km. But no matter how you cut it, it’s a relentless ...

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Tour of Alberta: Talking gear with retired cyclist Nic Hamilton

In September, Jasper will be overrun with professional cyclists competing in the third annual Tour of Alberta bike race. As well as 120 athletes, there will be thousands of fans on the ground and millions of spectators watching from home—about 45 million, to be more precise. To prepare you for the event, the Fitzhugh is writing weekly stories about the tour, whether it’s things you need to know, rider profi ...

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Tour of Alberta: the significance of race jerseys

In September, Jasper will be overrun with professional cyclists competing in the third annual Tour of Alberta bike race. As well as cyclists, there will be thousands of fans on the ground and millions of spectators watching from home—about 45 million, to be more precise. To prepare you for the event, the Fitzhugh will be writing weekly stories about the tour, whether it’s things you need to know, rider prof ...

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