Recent Cycling Adventures

June 11, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 6:

The Badlands Tour – Drumheller Dinosaur Trail is the recommended ride of the week. With temperatures rising it will be a great week to explore this scenic part of the province on your road bike. At just shy of 50 km this adventure includes a ferry crossing, two leg burning climbs and geological wonders. After cycling Highwood pass last week, this should be a snap. This ride is recommended for Beginner and Intermediate cyclist.

We are cycled this route on June 12. What a fantastic day!

June 4, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 5:

This weeks recommended ride is likely the most well known road cycling route in Southern Alberta. You guessed it…the Highwood Pass. We have five different route options to choose from with a route suitable for the beginner to expert road cyclist. We cycled the South Gate to Summit route on Thursday, June 3rd and the pass is free of snow, slush and ice and crews were sweeping the gravel and rocks off the road. Remember, the chance to cycle the pass without competing with motor vehicle traffic ends on June 14th. Note: there is road construction in the Longview area so expect driving delays to the route start if you are starting in Longview or the South Gate.

May 31, 2021

Yesterday I took the unique opportunity to cycle Morraine Lake Road as it was both plowed and open for cycling (no cars!) only on the weekend. It was such an epic ride I purposely cycled slow and enjoyed the scenery and the company of my cycling partners.

A unique opportunity to cycle Morraine Lake Road without snow and without cars!

May 28, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 4:

Road to Nepal

This weeks route is the famous Road to Nepal (cyclealberta version). This delightful ride through the rolling foothills south of Calgary is a ‘must do’ ride and at just over 50 km it is the perfect spring training ride which will get you prepared for next weeks ride of the week! Hint: Next weeks ride will take you on the highest elevation paved pass in Canada.

May 23, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 3:

Horse Creek Road – Grand Valley Loop

This ride is a great training ride for more advanced cyclists and a good beginner ride for those that don’t mind a short busy section heading west along Hwy 1A. The weather does not look that favourable for a long ride this week, so this 2 hour journey through Alberta’s working ranch community is a good one to try.

Based on comments from our cyclealberta community, we will now be releasing the Ride of the Week recommendation on Friday evenings. Can anyone guess what nexts week ride recommendation will be?

May 16, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 2:

Canmore – Lake Minnewanka Loop via Legacy Trail (Spring Road Closure Option)

The Lake Minnewanka Loop will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on weekdays, Mondays to Thursdays, May 1-20 to give the road to cyclist! So of course this is our chosen Ride of the Week as this is the last week to take advantage of the road closure. At just over 55 km this route is perfect for Beginner and Intermediate road cyclists. Click on the ride link above or see Karens May 13th posting below for more colour on this ride.

May 13, 2021

Cascade Mountain as seen from the Minnewanka Road

Karen cycled from Canmore to the Lake Minnewanka Loop to take advantage of the fact that the Lake Minnewanka Road is closed to motorized traffic from Monday to Thursday until May 20th. This lovely 55 Km ride is very relaxing and a great Spring training alternative. Check out this ride next week before the road opens up for regular summer use.

May 10, 2021

Ride of the Week!

Week 1:

Sheep River Ride – Spring Road Closure Delight

The opportunity to cycle this 35 km route prior to May 15, when the road is closed to motorized traffic, is a huge draw. Suitable for road cyclists of all abilities.

May 7, 2021

As I looked out my window this morning at 7:30 am I saw my elderly neighbour ride by on his bike and it got me thinking about my own criteria for a ‘ride worthy’ day. Generally I won’t ride below 10C and will not ride when the pavement is wet. With rain, snow and cold in the forecast this weekend, I will not be riding and my prediction of a great spring riding year has not come to be true. What is your ride criteria?

Note: A correction was made on the Horse Creek Road/ Grand Valley Loop route. Thanks Brian for pointing out the error. When the weather gets better this will be my route of choice.

May 1, 2021

Went on a beautiful but cold and windy morning cycle to scout out a new cycling route starting at the Goldenrod Hall out towards Madden. More details on this route will be coming soon but for now I will tantalize you with some photos from this fantastic little gem of a ride north of Calgary.

Met up with a ‘Cowboy’ cyclist on Symons Valley Road this morning.
This is farm country, and only a few minutes out of the city limits.

April 21, 2021

A beautiful day to ride the Sheep River Trail. The road closure West of Sandy McNabb will be in effect until May 14th. The road is in excellent condition and Mountain Sheep could be seen relaxing in the sun. Stunning mountain vistas and a great tailwind on the way out made the ride memorable!

Sheep River Valley
Cyclists at the end of the paved road

April 18, 2021

Checked out an addition to the Brown Lowery to Millarville loop yesterday when the weather was opportune. Stunning day to head North from Plummers Road up the secondary road 762 to the junction with Hwy 8. I wanted to try this on a nice weekend day to test how busy the 762 is since it does not have a wide shoulder. I concluded that it is better to do this extension early in the morning on a weekend due to the abundance of traffic. A weekday after commuter traffic has dissipated would be much more enjoyable!

Mountain View on Plummers Road heading West to Hwy 762

April 17, 2021

If you are planning on cycling the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff this weekend use caution as there are reports of ‘icy spots and lots of gravel in places’. Legacy Trail

I was planning to ride the Whistler Gran Fondo on Sept 11, 2021 but it was announced this week that there will not be a physical Whistler Gran Fondo held in 2021. Check out their website as the event planners will be announcing some exciting alternate plans for cyclist. This is sad news for cyclist that had this in their sights but I am looking forward to seeing what creative alternative plans they come up with.

April 11, 2021

Today we scouted out our Road to Nepal ride. Wow, so much construction in that area has changed access to the start of this ride. Please check out our revised recommendation for the starting point and best parking options. Use Google maps to guide you to the starting point, if you have not been on these newer Calgary roads it can be very tricky to find the access point to this fabulous ride!

The road still has quite a bit of gravel on the sides so use caution. A few cyclists were out today fighting that cold wind.

We just posted a new ride! Check out Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise Route Combinations.

April 3, 2021

Yesterday cross country ski blogger Skier Bob mentioned and promoted our newly released road cycling blog. Thanks SkierBob!. All the best in your retirement. You have been an inspiration for our cyclealberta.ca site.

Make sure you check us out on Instagram @cyclealberta. Thanks and get out there and cycle…well, maybe not today as it is snowing like mad…but you get the point.

March 28, 2021

Some interesting announcements about road cycling in Banff National Park were made recently.

The Lake Minnewanka Loop will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on weekdays, Mondays to Thursdays, May 1-20 to give the road to cyclist! This is a pilot project and Parks Canada is looking for feedback. Check out our Four Hills of Banff recommended ride which starts with the Minnewanka Loop.

The Bow Valley Parkway, to Castle Junction, will be closed to motor vehicle traffic this summer again. Parks Canada is asking cyclist to park at the Fennlands parking lot in Banff and use the Legacy Trail through Vermillion Lakes to get to the Bow Valley Park way. Roam Transit will be running a bus to Johnston Canyon, so it should be interesting to see how the buses and cyclists mix.

Here is the article that was in the Canmore newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Outlook, last week.

March 27, 2021

Well if there ever was a ‘first sign of spring’ I would say it is this. When cross country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Centre today there was a sign up that read. ‘Do you have your Bear Spray?’. Today we are stocking up on skinny tire tubes and chain grease from The Bike Shop in Calgary. With 24 hours notice you can arrange for curb side pickup.

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