Bike Fest Returns to Banff National Park

    Cyclists Can Clip in for Two New Races

    BANFF NATIONAL PARK, AB, April 9 /CNW/ - After overwhelming success in
its first year in 2008, Banff National Park is hosting the second annual Banff
National Park Bike Fest road race event. Registration is now open for the
Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) sanctioned event taking place June 18
through 21. This year's event will feature seven road races including an
Individual Time Trial, Criterium and an Invitational Road Race and two new
races: a 6km Hill Climb and 80km Sprint Road Race.
    Cyclists will be racing through the streets of Banff and throughout Banff
National Park over the course of four days. The athletes can expect tough and
challenging courses with hairpin turns, breakaway sprints and fierce
competition while spectators can enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and be part
of the excitement as cyclists whip past at remarkable speeds.
    "What makes the Banff event so special is that no other race takes place
in a National Park surrounded by such spectacular scenery," says Kipp
Kauffman, executive director of ABA. "Last year's event was so successful
there has already been interest from teams throughout Western Canada and
Washington state."
    The weekend will also feature two family-friendly events. The Little
Crits Race will have kids from three to eleven years old racing their bikes
along the same course the pros do and the Cruiser Crit will have participants
donning fun costumes and riding brightly decorated bikes as they race through
the streets of Banff.
    "Last year Bike Fest drew thousands of spectators and hundreds of high
caliber athletes," said Julie Canning, president and CEO Banff Lake Louise
Tourism. "We are ecstatic to again be hosting this event and putting on the
finest bike racing event in the Canadian Rockies."

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    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. General media inquiries, please
contact Tulene Steiestol, Senior Manager, Travel Media Relations at
403.762.0290 or

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For further information: Tulene Steiestol, Senior Manager, Travel Media
Relations, Office: (403) 762-0290

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