|Posted on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM|
Devon revisits the Tour of Alberta
The 2013 Tour of Alberta was the inaugural edition of the Tour of Alberta stage race. The race was only open to teams on the UCI Pro Tour, UCI Profesional Continental and UCI Continental circuits. On Sept 5 2013 Devon Hosted the start of Stage 3 Devon to Red Deer. This was truly an international event with teams and riders from all over the cycling world. UCI pro teams including BMC Raceing Team and Garmin Sharp. International riders Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans and Ryder Hesjedal from the Tour De France attended.
We were able to host this international event as a result of our town's branding inititive “Bike Town”. Event and Business development staff, the Mayor and Town council, The Devon Bicycle Association and all departments of the Town of Devon participated along with all the other host communities to make the Tour of Alberta viable as a yearly event in Alberta.
This year nine members of the Devon Bicycle Association participated in the 2017 Velothon Edmonton a 100 Km ride on the Stage 4 course of the 2017 Tour of Alberta. Team Members Stewart Hutchings (Captain) Trish Holt, Dave Mercer,Tanya Cote, Darrell Penner, Sivia Wood, Ghyslain Brazeau, Ryan Stark and Geoff Bostick all compleated the 100 km course.
The Devon Bicycle Association and the Town of Devon have hosted a number of provincial and Canadian cycle evnts in the past and wish to redevelop the awarness of not only cycling but all the emenities Devon has to offer.
Upcoming events we will host and participate in are the River Fest Sept 15 2017 to open our stage one trail development west of highway 60 and host the Provincial Cyclocross Championships October 15. These are critical in attarcting other events to the Town of Devon and the branding of “Bike Town” owned by Devon will continue do that. We wish to engage and help in any initive that will bring the community the recognition we deserve as a place to raise families.
President of The Devon Bicycle Association