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The 2016 Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial, Canada’s largest professional cycling race and one of Alberta’s biggest international sporting events, will return to Edmonton on September 4 and 5, 2016. 

Tour of Alberta Festival

More than just a sporting event, the Tour of Alberta is a spectacular travelling festival. Free to the public, it will feature local culture, entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. Visit the Canadian Brewhouse Beer Gardens, take a walk down Ellisdon Autograph Alley and stop by the ATB Financial tent to take a spin on the prize wheel. This is a great opportunity for fans to get close to the action and meet professional cyclists from around the world!

Date: Sunday September 4, 2016
Time: 12pm to 7:45pm
Location: William Hawrelak Park
Admission: Free

Date: Monday September 5, 2016
Time: 10am to 5:30pm
Location: Churchill Square
Admission: Free

Race - Stage 4

Stage 4, the Individual Time Trials (ITT), will start and end in Hawrelak Park using a portion of the same course as the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, which is taking place earlier in the day. Starting at 1-minute intervals, riders will race against the clock as they compete to win what is considered to be the most critical stage of the competition.

Date: Sunday September 4, 2016
Race start: 5pm (approx.)
Race finish: 7:30pm (estimate)
Start/Finish: Hawrelak Park

Stage 4 route map

Best places to watch Stage 4 of the race

  • Hawrelak Park - Start/Finish area
  • River Valley Road
  • Along the sidewalk on the north end of Groat Road 

Race - Stage 5

Stage 5, the final leg of the race, will start and finish in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Winding its way through Edmonton's Downtown core, the excitement will be palpable as competitors race 121 km, consisting of 11 laps over an 11.9 km circuit featuring the short, steep slopes of Bellamy Hill. Cheer on the world's best professional cyclists as they race to the finish line.

Date: Monday September 5, 2016
Race start:  1:50pm
Race finish: 5pm (estimate)
Start/Finish: Churchill Square

Stage 5 route map

Best places to watch Stage 5 of the race

  • Sir Winston Churchill Square - Start/Finish Line
  • Bellamy Hill
  • Alberta Legislature Grounds

Velothon Edmonton

Join cyclists from around the globe for a true "feel-like-a-pro" experience and the ultimate public ride at Canada's first-ever Velothon! Velothon Edmonton will take place on the final day of the Tour of Alberta, making it one of the biggest cycling events in the Americas and a memorable week of cycling in Alberta. 

Date: Monday September 5, 2016
Race start: 7:30am
Race finish: 12pm
Start/Finish: Churchill Square
Distance: 100 km, 60 km, or 5 km

Velothon Edmonton route map

What is Velothon Edmonton?

  • Taking place on the same day as Stage 5 of the Tour of Alberta, Velothon Edmonton is a public mass participation ride
  • 3 course options: Velothon 100 (100 km), Velothon 60 (60 km), and the ATB Financial Ride supporting CASA (5 km)
  • Participants will race in teams or as individual riders
  • Racers will compete on closed roads, using the same course as the pro-cyclists

For more information visit the Velothon Edmonton website.

Register for Velothon Edmonton

ATB Financial Family Ride in support of CASA

Celebrate the Tour of Alberta and help to raise money and awareness for CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health. The Family Ride will depart from Churchill Square at 11am on Monday September 5. Register as an individual, as a family, or as a corporate team.

Road Closures and Traffic Delays

A number of road closures will be in effect from Saturday September 3 to Tuesday September 6 to ensure the safety of competitors, volunteers and spectators. Major travel delays can be expected. Motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid driving delays.

NOTE: Once the race has begun, departure from the Downtown core for motorists will only be available via the Low Level Bridge, the James Macdonald Bridge or 97 Avenue. Please allow additional time for motor vehicle travel in those areas. 

Sunday September 4 at 10am, until Tuesday September 6 at 12pm:
  • 99 Street, 102 Avenue to 102A Avenue
Sunday September 4 at 10am, until Tuesday September 6 at 5am:
  • 99 Street, 102 Avenue to south of 102 Avenue
  • 99 Street, 102A Avenue to south of 103A Avenue
Sunday September 4

6am – 10:45am:

  • Groat Road, from 87 Avenue to 107 Avenue
  • Emily Murphy Park Road, from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak Park
  • Saskatchewan Drive, from 87 Avenue to 116 Street
10:45am – 3:15pm:
  • Groat Road, from 87 Avenue to Victoria Park Road
  • Groat Road northbound, from Victoria Park Road to 107 Avenue
  • Victoria Park Road, from 100 Avenue to Groat Road
  • Emily Murphy Park Road, from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak Park
  • River Valley Road westbound, from 105 Street to Groat Road. (Local access only to the Royal Glenora Club and shuttle access only to the Victoria Golf Course.)
3:15pm – 8:30pm: 
  • Groat Road, from 87 Avenue to 107 Avenue
  • Victoria Park Road, from 100 Avenue to Groat Road
  • Emily Murphy Park Road, from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak Park
  • River Valley Road, from 105 Street to Groat Road. (Access to the Royal Glenora Club via Fortway Drive only. Access to the Victoria Golf Course via shuttle from Edmonton Ballpark west parking lot.)
Monday September 5 

5am – 1:30pm:

  • 102 Avenue, from 97 Street to 103 Street
  • 102 Street, from 100 Avenue to Macdonald Drive
  • Groat Road, from 87 Avenue to 111 Avenue
  • Saskatchewan Drive, from University Avenue to 87 Avenue
  • University Avenue, from 117 Street to Saskatchewan Drive
5am – 7pm:
  • 102A Avenue, from 97 Street to 99 Street
  • 102 Avenue, 103 Street to 107 Street
  • Macdonald Drive, 100 Street to 102 Street
  • 102 Street, from Macdonald Drive to 100 Avenue
  • 100 Avenue, from 102 Street to Victoria Park Road
  • 107 Street, from 96 Avenue to 102 Avenue
  • Fortway Drive
  • River Valley Road, from 105 Street to Groat Road
  • Victoria Park Road, from 100 Avenue to Groat Road
  • 103 Street, 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue
  • 102A Avenue/103 Avenue, 100 Street to 103 Street
10:30am – 7pm:
  • 102A Avenue, from 95 Street to 97 Street
11:15am – 7pm:
  • 95 Street, from 101 Avenue to 102A Avenue
  • 101 Avenue, from 95 Street to Grierson Hill
  • Grierson Hill
  • Rossdale Road, from Bellamy Hill to Grierson Hill 
  • Bellamy Hill, from Rossdale Road to Macdonald Drive
See the Stage 4 and Stage 5 route maps for details.

Victoria Golf Course Access

If you're visiting the Victoria Golf Course & Driving Range on Sunday September 4 or Monday September 5, please be aware of access limitations:

Sunday September 4 

Access to the golf course will be by shuttle only. Free shuttles will leave from the Edmonton Ballpark west parking lot (96 Avenue, between 104 Avenue and Rossdale Road) every 30 minutes from 6:30am – 3:30pm and 8pm – 10:20pm, and every 20 minutes from 4pm – 8pm.

Monday September 5

River Valley Road will be closed to general traffic from 5am – 7pm. However, traffic to and from the golf course will be permitted through a single access point.

  • 5:30am – 12:30pm - Access to the golf course during this time will be available from 105 Street and River Valley Road only.
  • 12:30pm – 7pm - Access to the golf course will be via northbound Groat Road only, and departure from the course will be via southbound Groat Road across Groat Bridge only.
Please leave extra time to arrive at the golf course during these times, as automobile traffic may be temporarily stopped to allow cyclists through.

We wish to thank our patrons for your understanding and patience during the event road closures.

Victoria Park

Access to the Victoria Park parking area will be restricted during the following times:

  • Sunday September 4, from 6am – 8pm
  • Monday September 5, from 5am – 7pm
​Please note that access will be restricted the night prior, preventing early morning parking.​

Royal Glenora 

  • Sunday September 4, from 3:15pm – 8:30pm, access to the Royal Glenora Club is via Fortway Road.
  • Monday September 5, from 5am – 7pm, access to the Royal Glenora Club is via 105 Street.

Emily Murphy Park

Due to road closures, there will be limited or no access into or out of Emily Murphy Park (including the boat launch) during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday September 3, from 6am – 6:45pm
  • Sunday September 4, from 6am – 8:30pm 

 

Government House Park

Due to road closures, there will be limited or no access into or out of Government House Park during the following dates and times:
  • Saturday September 3, from 6am – 6:45pm
  • Sunday September 4, from 6am – 8:30pm
Please note that access will be restricted the night prior, preventing early morning access.

 

Parking Restrictions

Parking will not be available along the race course from 5am – 7pm on race day. A number of meters will be hooded. Please obey all signs, as illegally parked vehicles will be tagged and towed.

Free ETS Shuttle Service

Sunday September 4

Buses will run on a 10 minute frequency from Windsor Car Park (116 Street and 92 Avenue) to Hawrelak Park starting at 5:30am. This shuttle will also stop at 116 Street and 87 Avenue to pick up and drop off pasengers. The last departure from Hawrelak Pak back to Windsor Car Park will be at 8:30pm.

Transit Detours & Bus Stop Closures

Some ETS bus detours will take place during the event and some bus stops will be temporarily relocated. The following routes will be affected from 8am – 5:30pm on Monday September 5, which is a statutory holida, and will therefore operate on a Sunday service schedule: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 57, 86, 100, 130, 140 and 151. Please plan ahead, as major delays can be expected.

LRT service will not be affected.  

Please visit TakeETS.com for details about specific routes that will be impacted.

For More Information

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