On September 5, 2015, the world's best professional cyclists will be in Jasper for Stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta. This is Canada's highest ranked professional road cycling stage race with an international television audience of 45 million viewers. Many of these cyclists are the same ones who race in the Tour de France, Giro d'ltalia, Vuelta a Espana and other famous world-class road racing events.
Stage 4 begins in Jasper at 11:30 am on Saturday, then after three fast and furious laps out to Athabasca Falls and back, the riders will ride up the steep switchbacks to the finish line at Marmot Basin. There is nothing more exciting in a professional road race than a mountain top finish and the climb to Marmot Basin will be the most challenging section of the entire race!
This is how the day will unfold:
9:00 AM - Jasper Festival Opens. The festival is located in downtown Jasper at Athabasca Park (Parks Canada Visitor Information Centre). The Jasper festival kicks off with a Firefighter Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am.
10:15 AM - First bus shuttle to Marmot Basin (pre-purchased ticket holders).
11:30 AM - Race Start. Stage 4 start line is on Connaught Drive across from Athabasca Park.
11:30 AM - Marmot Basin Finish Line Festival Opens. Outdoor festival area at Marmot Basin with a "Jumbotron" broadcasting the race, a beer garden, a barbecue hosted by the Jasper Rotarians and live entertainment.
12:00 PM - Final bus shuttle to Marmot Basin (pre-purchased ticket holders).
3:30 PM - Racers Start Crossing the Finish Line at Marmot Basin.
4:00 PM - Podium Ceremony Starts.
5:30 PM - Marmot Basin Festival Ends.
All public access to the Marmot Basin Finish Line Festival is via shuttle buses. Bus tickets must be pre-purchased on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Jasper Park Chamber Office (409 Patricia Street) or at the Jasper Festival on Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday morning, Sept. 5. Return shuttle prices: Adult - $10.00, Child (12 and under) - $5.00.
Departures from Jasper (outside Ecole Desroches, Elm Street) to Marmot Basin at 10:15 AM and 12:00 PM
Return from Marmot Basin to Jasper at 4:15 PM and 5:30 PM
We hope to see you at Marmot Basin for the Stage 4 finish of the Tour of Alberta!