Banff National Park Bike Fest



    Town of Banff Comes Alive with Pedal Power

    BANFF, AB, March 19 /CNW/ - A first for Banff National Park and
sanctioned by the Alberta Bicycling Association (ABA), Banff will host a
one km criterium road race on June 21, 2008. Cyclists are expected to race
wheel to wheel through the streets of Banff during Banff National Park's Bike
Fest. The one-hour criterium race is a high-adrenaline test of wits, willpower
and tactics that is expected to draw thousands of spectators.
    "We are looking forward to working with the Town of Banff to put on the
finest bike racing event in the Canadian Rockies," said Julie Canning,
president and CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. Permit applications to Parks
Canada have also been made to stage individual time trials and a scenic road
race that weekend.
    "We are just thrilled about this new event for Banff. Residents and
visitors have enjoyed cycling in and around our community for as long as I can
remember, but this will be the first time we will have a high calibre road
racing event right in our community," says Town of Banff Mayor John Stutz.
    "You don't have to know anything about bike racing to know that they'll
be handling those corners at high speeds," says ABA's Scott Kelly. "What the
Banff race has that no other race has is the awesome scenery and spectacular
location. It's unlike anywhere in North America and it epitomizes what bike
racing in Alberta should be about," says Kelly.
    The popularity of road biking in North America has exploded in the last
10 years following seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's success
and his battle with cancer. Licensed bike racers compete for points in various
categories throughout the summer, from professional teams with a convoy of
repair techs and equipment vans, to weekend warriors with families in tow.
    You can find complete information on Banff National Park Bike Fest at
banfflakelouise.com/bikefest. Visit our website for additional information on
hotels, activities, restaurants, events, and more.

    About Banff Lake Louise Tourism

    Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the
Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Supporting
over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled,
remarkable experiences with our membership.




For further information:

For further information: Andrea Thiessen, Office: (403) 762-0285,
andrea@banfflakelouise.com; General media inquiries, please contact Annik
LaRoche, Manager, Media Relations at (403) 762-0290 or
annik@banfflakelouise.com; www.banfflakelouise.com

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