Posted by Editoress on 01/15/13
GranFondo Canada announced today that registration is now open for the second edition of the RBC GranFondo Banff, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th.
The only event of its kind to take place completely within the boundaries of a national park, the ride will start and finish in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, Alberta, with a planned 142 kilometre course that takes cyclists into the heart of the Rockies to experience the awe-inspiring nature of Banff National Park.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring the GranFondo Canada experience to this epic location,” said Kevin Thomson, president of GranFondo Canada. “The event provides an exceptional way to enjoy the splendour of the Canadian Rockies.”
Last year’s inaugural event was incredibly popular, drawing a sellout of 1,500 riders from across Canada, the US and as far away as the United Kingdom. The bike route in 2012 had to be altered because a grizzly and her three cubs were feeding on the side of the road along part of the course. The same is possible in 2013. It is one of the realities of staging an event like this in a national park.
Capacity for the RBC GranFondo Banff is again limited to 1,500 participants and demand for the event is expected to be very high. For more information and to register, visit www.rbcgranfondobanff.com .
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