Friday, September 20, 2013

Tour of Alberta

Hey, remember that time when a bunch of super incredible Tour de France cyclists came to town? It was awesome.

A couple of weeks ago the Tour of Alberta came through Edmonton. In it's inaugural year it was one of the most exciting sporting events to ever come through our province. The organizers created a week long cycling race that showcased some of the most beautiful parts of our province and we wanted to see as much of it as we could. Some of the world's best cyclists were asked to participate and they were made very available to the public. Wee were able to meet Cadel Evans, Ryder Hesjedal, Peter Sagan, Robert Gesink, Christian Vende Velde and a few others. 

The prologue kicked off in downtown Edmonton and they had all of the teams warming up on either side of one of the streets. We were able to walk around casually and check out all of the team buses. It was incredible to be feet away from these world class athletes!

On day 2 we drove out past New Sarepta to catch the peloton going by. It was great to be out in the middle of the country on a beautiful sunny day waiting for a massive group of cyclists to ride by. Sydney brought out her cowbell and we all cheered loudly. The parade of cars before the cyclists and the convoy that followed them was so impressive. We finished up the second day in Camrose at the finish line where we had dinner with some work friends after the stage finish. 

Sydney and David made it out to day 3. They drove the see the cyclists in Leduc and Wetaskiwin. The whole event was so cool! We had a great time following along and enjoyed seeing some of our favourite athletes. We can't wait to do it all again next year!

Mrs. E

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