Edith Cavell Road

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Jasper, Alta., claims some of Canada’s best road rid­ing. But, it wasn’t un­til 2015, and then again in 2017, when the Tour of Al­berta fea­tured it on its queen stages that Jasper was placed clearly on the na­tional radar. Each 162-km stage in­cluded a three-lap cir­cuit along the Ice­fields Park­way and 93A roads be­fore turn­ing up the gru­elling 12.9 km Mar­mot Basin Hill Climb.

Sur­pris­ingly enough, lo­cals are quick to say that it’s the nearby Edith Cavell Road rather than the Mar­mot Basin road that is Jasper’s best road ride.

“The Edith Cavell Road was my first true road ride,” says Laura Dzikowski of Jasper, “and it made me fall in love with the sport. It’s a mag­i­cal climb that winds up­hill from the Athabasca Val­ley to stun­ning views of Mount Edith Cavell and the An­gel Glacier.”

The com­plete climb be­gins as cy­clists turn off the Ice­fields Park­way onto High­way 93A and head south. Ig­nor­ing the turnoff to Mar­mot Basin (2.4 km), cy­clists gain 165 m over 5.2 km be­fore turn­ing onto the Edith Cavell Road, where the beauty of this climb be­gins.

“Since it is re­cently repaved, it’s the best road sur­face in Jasper,” Dzikowski says, “and it’s closed to ve­hi­cle traf­fic un­til June 15, so cy­clists have it to them­selves. The re­turn trip, fly­ing down the road fol­low­ing the yel­low line around twists and turns with­out fear of on­com­ing traf­fic, is what makes me re­turn to the road each spring.”

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