Event Coverage

VELOTHON Edmonton

Edmonton, Canada TBD 2018

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FAQs

FAQs

  1. What is VELOTHON Edmonton?

  2. What is a VELOTHON?

  3. What type of bicycle will I need and are tandems allowed?

  4. When will the route be announced?

  5. What is the exact route distance?

  6. How can I volunteer?

  7. I want to start with my friends/club mates/family. How can I arrange this?

  8. What is the minimum age for Velothon Edmonton participants?

  9. Where is the best place to spectate?

  10. Will you mail out race numbers and race information? When will I receive these?

  11. When will I know my start time?

  12. How do I get to the start line?

  13. I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?

  14. Can I defer my entry to next year or transfer it to my club mate/friend etc?

  15. Will the event take place on closed roads?

  16. Will there be any feed stations and mechanical help/medical assistance around the course?

  17. Can I change my estimated average speed?

  18. When will road closures be announced?

  19. Can I cycle on the closed roads even if I am not participating?

  20. Who do I contact if I can’t find an answer to my road closure enquiry?

  21. Where can I park my car? Can you suggest any accommodation close by?

  22. Will public transport be affected?

  23. What parking will be available to people living and working on affected roads?

  24. My child’s school/community group want to encourage cycling – can we get involved?

 

  1. What is VELOTHON Edmonton?

    Join cyclists from around the globe for a true “feel-like-a-pro” experience and the ultimate public ride sportive at North America's ONLY VELOTHON!
    The VELOTHON Edmonton will take place on the final day of the UCI 2.1 sanctioned ATB Tour of Alberta, making it one of the biggest cycling events in the Americas and a memorable week of cycling in Alberta.
    VELOTHON Edmonton is a partnership between the City of Edmonton, ATB Tour of Alberta and the UCI VELOTHON Series.

    The Start and Finish of the event, as well as the festival and UCI 2.1 sanctioned ATB Tour of Alberta  will be based in the heart of Edmonton at Churchill Square.

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  2. What is a VELOTHON?

    A VELOTHON is a sportive that provides you with the ultimate opportunity to reward yourself for all the blood, sweat and tears in training. Choose from a variety of distances that will make for a fitting challenge - no matter your skill level. Ride some of the most stunning courses in the world and get ready for the full pro treatment: Highest standards, completely closed roads, professional timing and thousands of spectators.

    The UCI VELOTHON series consists of multiple races across the globe (the 2017 season features races in Cardiff, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Sunshine Coast and Edmonton). All races take place in the heart of iconic cities and offer stunning courses, as well as highest organizational standards. More than 50,000 riders will roll across a VELOTHON starting line in 2017.

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  3. What type of bicycle will I need and are tandems allowed?

    The following bike(s) are forbidden at Velothon Edmonton: bikes with disc wheels (not to be confused with disc brakes), handlebar extensions, recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, fixed gear bikes / single speeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a free hub), any attachment parts that endanger other riders (e.g. kick stands that stick out), bike trailers, child seats, bottle cages under or behind the saddle, drinking bottles that are made of non-breakable or hard materials like aluminium or hard plastic.

    Disc brakes are allowed.

    Riders wishing to take part on a tandem together will need to enter each competitor individually and pay the applicable fee.

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  4. When will the route be announced?

    The route can be found under the 'Course' tab, or click here.

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  5. What is the exact route distance?

    The route is a 20 kilometre circuit; Velothon 60 will complete the loop 3 times, Velothon 100 will complete the loop 5 times, and the ATB Family Ride supporting CASA will complete a modified, shorter version of the route in downtown Edmonton (approximately 5 kilometres).

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  6. How can I volunteer?

    Become a Velonteer and be part of one of the biggest cycling events in the world. Further information can be found here.

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  7. I want to start with my friends/club mates/family. How can I arrange this?

    When you enter you will have the opportunity to enter a team name on the first page of the registration process; subsequent team registrants will be able to locate the team and add themselves. We will endeavour to start you all in the same wave, however please note that this cannot be guaranteed. Please ensure you and your team mates will be able to ride at roughly the same speed. If you have already entered but didn’t input a team name, please email with TEAM NAME in the subject line outlining your entry details and what team name you want to be added to your registration.

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  8. What is the minimum age for Velothon Edmonton participants?

    Velothon Edmonton is open to everyone who will be 16 years or older in 2017 (i.e. born in or before 2000). If you are aged between 16 and 18 you must fill out the parental consent form and bring it with you to registration. This form can be downloaded from the registration page of this website.

    Families of all ages are encouraged to participate in the ATB Family Ride supporting CASA. Back to top
  9. Where is the best place to spectate?

    For a complete list of hotspots along the route, click here.

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  10. Will you mail out race numbers and race information? When will I receive these?

    Race information and pick up details, including times and locations will be emailed out in a race package to participants. 

    Package pickup is done at United Cycle during the following times:

    Friday September 1st, 4:00-8:00 pm
    Saturday September 2nd, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Velothon 60 & 100 Start Time is at 7:30 am on Monday, September 4th.

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  11. When will I know my start time?

    All Velothon participants (60 and 100) start at 7:30 am.

    Please insure you arrive to the start line at least 15 minutes prior to find your self-seeded start group. 

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  12. How do I get to the start line?

    Instructions for participants will be sent out closer to the event. The race will start/finish in Churchill Square.

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  13. I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?

    As outlined in the terms and conditions displayed on our website and signed when entering the race, a participant may withdraw free-of-charge up to two weeks after payment of the event fee. Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by  stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone. After the expiry of the two-week post payment period, the entry fee will not be refunded. Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up to one month before the event (August 4, 2017). Any transfer to another participant will be subject to a transfer fee of $10. Transfers are conducted through the online entry system by the withdrawing participant and the new participant. The new participant will pay the relevant fees through the entry system and once complete, the withdrawing participant will automatically receive their refund from the entry system minus the transfer fee. No transfers will be possible for participants withdrawing less than one month before the event (August 5, 2017 or later). The 6.25% processing fee which is added onto the entry fee (and any extra items you purchase at point of entry) is non-refundable.

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  14. Can I defer my entry to next year or transfer it to my club mate/friend etc?

    You cannot defer your entry to next year nor to any other event. However, you can transfer it to anyone else up to August 4, 2017. If you are no longer able to take part, you will need to refer to the cancellation policy above. Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up to one month before the event (August 4, 2017). Any transfer to another participant will be subject to a transfer fee of $10. Transfers are conducted through the online entry system by the withdrawing participant and the new participant. The new participant will pay the relevant fees through the entry system and once complete, the withdrawing participant will automatically receive their refund from the entry system minus the transfer fee. No transfers will be possible for participants withdrawing less than one month before the event (August 5, 2017 or later). The 6.25% processing fee which is added onto the entry fee (and any extra items you purchase at point of entry) is non-refundable.

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  15. Will the event take place on closed roads?

    In order to ensure the safety of all of our competitors, roads will be closed for the duration of the event. Traffic may bleed through intersections at specific points as determined by local law enforcement authorities or course marshals. Affected businesses and residents will be contacted directly, provided with a preview of the route and invited to get in contact if they have any arrangements that will be affected by road closures.

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  16. Will there be any feed stations and mechanical help/medical assistance around the course?

    Feed stations are designated points on the race route where competitors can stop to use toilet facilities and to re-fuel, with various food and drink options available. Organisers are putting together the final details of where the feed stations will be located and what the offer will be at each location. These will be displayed on the route map when available. Mechanical and medical support will also be available at the race village and on the route. The precise detail of this will be announced as soon as it is ready.

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  17. Can I change my estimated average speed?

    Yes you can. If you have incorrectly inputted your estimated average speed or you would like to change it, visit your account on Active (you would have set this up upon registration) via https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf. You have until August 4,2017 to make this correction.

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  18. When will road closures be announced?

    Road closures will be determined and made public August, 2017.

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  19. Can I cycle on the closed roads even if I am not participating?

    The route will be closed to traffic, including cycles that are not participating in the event. Dedicated crossing points and diversions will be in place. Please consult road closure information or seek permission from a traffic marshal before crossing any part of the route.

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  20. Who do I contact if I can’t find an answer to my road closure enquiry?

    If you have a specific enquiry related to road closures that is not answered when information is distributed early August, you can email

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  21. Where can I park my car? Can you suggest any accommodation close by?

    No parking is available on site and parking nearby in the downtown area will be extremely limited. It is suggested that participants ride their bikes to the event. If you are driving, please leave plenty of time to get to the event and please visit the road closure section of the website to fully understand which routes into the city will be closed; however, we discourage competitors from driving to the event on the day due to the number of challenges you may face in getting near downtown due to the road closures that will be in place to facilitate the event. There is a wide range of accommodation options in Edmonton for all budgets, which will be included in the information packages to come.

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  22. Will public transport be affected?

    Public transport will operate as normal where possible with diversions put in place. Inevitably, some services will be reduced or suspended if they cannot get around road closures. Further information will be communicated by transport providers closer to the event.

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  23. What parking will be available to people living and working on affected roads?

    While the route will be designed to keep restrictions to a minimum, some people will need to make alternatives parking plans during the event. Any cars parked on the route after parking instructions are implemented will be removed. In the lead up to the event, in addition to the direct resident communications you will receive, cars parked on route will have leaflets placed on their windscreens with reminders and additional information.

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  24. My child’s school/community group want to encourage cycling – can we get involved?

    The Velothon Edmonton and the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial will also play host to a number of community events. If you think your group would like to get involved in any way, please email " target="_blank"> with your details.
    Youth are encouraged to get involved via the ATB Family Ride supporting CASA.

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