Elspeth...?

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Elspeth...?
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Sat, 09-07-2013 - 10:39pm

Have you been following the Tour of Alberta cycling news?  Since you are a fan of this sort of athlete's cycling, I wondered since it's Alberta's first such cycling tour.  I have only heard bits and pieces about it on the news (mostly radio).  I found this site online, but I'm sure you would be able to find whatever info online about this you are interested in seeing/reading.  http://tourofalberta.ca/site/

The weather the past few days has been quite wet and chilly enough.  Not the nicest for cycling!  Tomorrow they zoom into Calgary from a town south of here (Okotoks).  They won't be cycling by any of the main roads near our community, but have another route into Calgary for this last leg of the race.  I wasn't planning on being out there to watch them fly by, anyway!  But I believe I heard they are cycling a thousand (Km?)...quite an impressive feat...but I guess that's par for the cycling course! 

Shirley

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Sun, 09-08-2013 - 3:29am

I didn't know anything about this race Shirley so thanks for the heads-up. I looked at the start list and there are some winning riders participating. Unfortunately I cannot view it in my area (my cable provider doesn't carry the channel that shows it in the US) and its not streaming live....one of the fun parts of watching bike races is that you get to see a lot of scenery, much of it a birds eye view shot from a helicopter.

I hope that it is a success and the province wants to bring it back next year.

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Mon, 09-09-2013 - 2:01pm

Elspeth, I haven't been following this race closely, as you know, as I don't have the same interest as you do for this sort of thing.  I did see a bit of the filming of it on the t.v. news yesterday and photos today in the paper.  It certainly has been receiving a certain amount of hype, and people have been out to see the riders zoom by in certain areas where they've ridden.  I am fairly certain they will want to have this event annually.  The weather yesterday turned out to be quite nice...sunny, not too hot and so the cyclists had a good day for their last length.  I was wondering if the elevation here (3,000 ft. plus) would have affected the cyclists in that apparently we who live here have more red blood cells to compensate for the lower amount of oxygen here at higher elevations.  I guess they are such super athletes, that maybe not? 

Shirley

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Mon, 09-09-2013 - 5:07pm

The elevation definitely makes a difference. Many (all?) pro cyclists train at higher elevation because races often have mountain stages---think of the Tour de France with its stages in the Alps. 

I saw a few names on the TofA start list that had participated in the TdeF. How exciting for riders on domestic teams to get to meet and compete against champion pros! If the event was well organized and enjoyed by the "big boys" and becomes more popular the good teams will send higher level riders. (the Vuelta de Espana is an important race held every Sept so many of the top riders are competing there right now.) Maybe next year you will decide to go watch a stage...the popular viewing spots often have a fun party atmoshere going on while waiting for the pack to come by (and an uphill section is good because they're going slow enough you can actually see them!)