Bike tour coming through Ponoka

Bicyclists are coming to Ponoka in Alberta’s own version of the Tour de France.

Proposed bike route for the Tour of Alberta stop in Ponoka.

Proposed bike route for the Tour of Alberta stop in Ponoka.

Bicyclists are coming to Ponoka in Alberta’s own version of the Tour de France. As part of its Devon to Red Deer leg, the Tour of Alberta is coming through Ponoka Sept. 5, said CAO Brad Watson.

A proposed route through town has also been determined, Watson told town councillors March 26. “There will be a phenomenal amount of media, especially television is expected.”

Television stations inform bike tour organizers what time slots will be used and the tour works around the schedule to ensure maximum coverage. Town administration has received a request for no parking along the bike route and traffic control at the major intersections.

“So we will send the message out to the public about the racing closures,” added Watson.

A motorcade of 60 vehicles is expected along with four RCMP officers in the front as well as the rear of the tour. The proposed schedule is planned for 1 p.m. arrival and a 2 p.m. departure on the way to Red Deer. The proposed route also includes a sprint line along 50 Street.