A once in a lifetime opportunity to ride a gran fondo in one of the world's most picturesque locations, Banff National Park. Connect intimately with the surrounding scenery and cultural heritage as you ride this spectacular, fully-supported course.
Riders will follow a counter-clockwise path around Tunnel Mountain and past the Hoodoos. Continuing to the gorgeous and challenging Lake Minnewanka, cyclists will ride to the shores of Two Jack Lake in a clockwise direction along Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive and then turn around. New for 2013, riders will then go back through the downtown core of Banff where family, friends and spectators can come out with their cowbells and cheer.
After a healthy dose of encouragement, the route ventures off onto the epic Bow Valley Parkway. By this point, the welcoming vistas and surrounding beauty of the town will have you thinking, "I have arrived in Banff. The Bow Valley Parkway will see temporary closures to vehicular traffic for your riding pleasure, so soak in the experience and enjoy the ride. Ride the undulating roads all the way to the Lake Louise Turnaround, our third Rest Stop. Make your way back down towards Banff along the same parkway, but take note of the beautiful change in views and scenery.
As you ride along this part of the course, take in the fact that you are riding through ages of history. Running parallel to the Bow Valley Parkway is the famed Canadian Pacific Railway, which took four years to build from 1881 to 1885. The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise to attract tourists from all over North America.
The ride will end in the town of Banff, but the event is far from over. Dismount your bike and join in on the celebration with family and friends at Central Park, the location of the Finish & Celebration Plaza. Refuel your body, enjoy a well-earned massage and reward yourself with a beer - it's on us.
On Course Support
All riders are fully supported along the course with Rest Stops. No need for support crews to follow riders - we’ve got you covered.
All Rest Stops will supply:
- Fresh water provided by the Town of Banff
- Isotonic/electrolyte beverages
- Nutritional supplements
- First Aid attendants ready to help with any ailments to your body
- Mechanical assistance with fully trained mechanics and tools available to assist riders in making repairs
Please note: Rest Stops will have nutritional supplements available but are not intended to provide the primary meal for riders during the day.
See below for the entire 2013 RBC GranFondo Banff Route Map with Rest Stop information as well as an elevation profile.
Note: the route may be delayed, re-routed, or shortened due to a presence of sensitive wildlife on course!
For a more detailed map, visit our RidewithGPS Page.
Total GranFondo Distance: 144 km
Total GranFondo Elevation: 825 metres
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