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Does anyone have info, opinions on cycle touring in the Alberta area? I visited Alberta as a child and wish to return for a vacation, and was wondering about possible cycle touring options. What is the best time of year to attempt something like this? How 'bout gearing?

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I went there for the first time in November. I didn't bike, it was winter. But after I got back I researched biking the region for a possible warm weather return.

The Nov/Dec issue of Adventure Cyclist has a good article. The most popular route is the Golden Triangle route. http://www.canadatrails.ca/biking/b...entriangle.html

From what I've read the traffic can be heavy in the height of summer. I've seen several cyclist recommending prior to Memorial or Post Labor day as good choices.

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gregg said:
Does anyone have info, opinions on cycle touring in the Alberta area? I visited Alberta as a child and wish to return for a vacation, and was wondering about possible cycle touring options. What is the best time of year to attempt something like this? How 'bout gearing?

TIA.
Check the Alberta Randonneurs website. It has a bunch of different routes which you could use for ideas.

http://www.albertarandonneurs.ca/

A nice one might be the Drumheller 300. The Drumheller area has some badlands, and is quite scenic in places. If you are into dinosaurs, you can do the tourist thing at the museum in Drumheller.

Another good one might be the Okotoks 200, which is mostly in the foothills, where low gears may be required.

The Highwood pass 300 will take you into the mountains, and there will be some climbing involved, but nothing too serious. Part of that route is closed until June 15th, if I remember correctly.

Another option might be to get start in the south near Lethbridge somewhere and head north on the #2 highway, which will take you through lots of small towns and some larger ones, including Calgary and Edmonton. That's a major road, but it's in good shape and there is quite a bit of room on the shoulders for most of it (no dedicated bike lanes though). The 22, "The Cowboy Trail," can take you a long way too. There is a website with lists of accomadations and attractions along that route, but nothing cycling specific as far as I see. http://www.thecowboytrail.com/

As to the best time of year, some time in the summer would be best. There is still snow on the ground there AFAIK. Late May through to early September would probably be your best bet. It can get really hot (30 deg C or more) in the summer, especially in the Drumheller area.

Post a trip report if you go!

mch
 
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