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Jasper - Banff 500
The grand road bike tour of the Canadian Rockies. Challenge yourself on the world's most beautiful mountain roads! All the great climbs and the best views of the Canadian Rockies in one tour. This is truly a Gran Fondo!

Trip Description
This tour for serious cyclists features the incredible beauty and diversity of British Columbia's interior and coast. On this 520k / 320 mile tour you will not only get to ride the entire Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, but you will also get to see some of the hidden and less visited gems in the Canadian Rockies and ride all of the amazing climbs to stunning vistas. This tour is geared toward ambitious intermediate to serious road riders and features 5,300 metres or 17,500 feet of elevation gain

Jasper - Banff 500 Itinerary

Day One - The Prologue to the Great Divide
After meeting in the morning at the Banff train station at 10:00 a.m., we shuttle to the historic town of Jasper. The van ride is absolutely spectacular and today you will get to enjoy the scenery without having to sweat. Once in Jasper we size up the bikes and take an afternoon acclimatization ride to the Continental Divide at Yellohead Pass and to Pyramid Lake. 58k / 36 miles, 300 metres / 1000ft vertical. Overnight Jasper Inn

Day Two
Ride to the biggest lake and the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies
After a sumptuous breakfast buffet we ride to the largest lake in Jasper National Park. Maligne Lake is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed locations in the world. On our way back we explore the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies – Maligne Canyon with all it’s Cascades. 100k / 60 miles, 800m / 2600ft vert. Overnight Jasper Inn

Day Three
Tackle the Canadian Alp d’Huez and see some huge waterfalls
In the morning we will ride up to spectacular Mt Edith Cavell. This 14k / 8 mile switchback climb takes us to a hanging glacier above a lake filled with icebergs at the the bottom of the mile high, sheer north face of Mt Edith Cavell. After a short sightseeing stop at this amazing place you get to enjoy an exhilarating descent. The other 2 highlights of the day are the amazing waterfalls at Athabasca and Sunwapta. We stay overnight at Sunwapta Falls Resort. 90k / 55mi, 1400m / 4200ft vert.

Day Four
Climb Sunwapta Pass and experience the Columbia Icefield
This morning we are following the Sunwapta River up and tackle the steepest climb of the trip up to the spectacular Columbia Icefields. After a sightseeing stop at the Athabasca Glacier we continue to climb across Sunwapta Pass. Now you will get to enjoy a fun, fast and extremely scenic 15k / 10 miles descent to the bottom of the Weeping Wall. From here we will follow the Saskatchewan River to our hotel at The Crossing. 104k / 62 miles, 1100m / 3500ft

Day Five
The highest pass and two really famous lakes
After a good night's sleep, it's onto the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a long climb to the highest point on the Parkway at Bow Summit. A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint at 7’000ft is a must. From here we continue downhill past spectacular lakes, rivers, glaciers and mountain peaks to Lake Louise. Here another challenge awaits – climb into the Valley of the Ten Peaks and to world famous Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise Inn. 108k / 65 miles, 1200m / 4000ft

Day Six
The Grande Finale to Banff
Our last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway toward Banff. Wildlife sightings of elk, bear and bighorn sheep are quite frequently on this road and beautiful views of the turquoise Bow River and majestic Castle Mountain offer a great backdrop to today’s ride. we are descending into Banff. After saying our goodbyes you will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at a hotel of your choice no later than 2:00 p.m. 65k / 41 miles, 300m /1000ft

Trips start and end in Banff, AB



Trip Cost
CAD $2,695
Single supplement CAD$500
Bike rental CAD$300 for Specialized Roubaix
(Prices do not include 5% GST)

Receive $200 off per person for bookings received prior to Dec 1, 2016.
 

2017 Departure Dates
July 2-7
July 16-21
Aug 6-11
Aug 20-25
 
Services Included

5 nights accommodation in lodges, hotels and B&Bs

Meals (5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners), snacks and refreshments.

All transportation by van shuttle from and to Banff

Professional guide services

Support vehicle and luggage transport

Rental bikes available

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