RIDE - LEVEL: Advanced
Coordinator: Don Hollingshead
Distance: 320 km
Elevation Gain: 3300 m
E-Bikes allowed: Y
Welcome to the 39th EVCC Golden Triangle Tour! We are proud to continue offering this 3 day, 320 km bicycle tour over the Great Divide twice, past glaciers, white water, big horned sheep, the odd grizzly and lots of dandelions.
This edition of the Golden Triangle Tour will again start/end at the Lake Louise overflow area, 6 km east of the village of Lake Louise. The construction east of Golden is finally complete a year ahead of schedule, giving us a wide shoulder and easier grade for 5 km though the Kicking Horse Canyon. At last, a GT with a decent width shoulder the whole way.
This event used to run on the Victoria Day long weekend but we found by running it the following weekend the traffic was quite light and the hotels much easier to book.
Please read the quick summary following before registering and direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration fee provides
· Luggage transfers to Radium Prestige and Golden Travelodge
· Snacks and lunches at designated manned stops for 3 days
· accommodations and meals for 6-8 dedicated, hard working volunteers
· Route maps
· Sweep vehicle support for riders
· Breakfasts and suppers
· paper plates, cups or plastic utensils for rest stops
We have developed the 2024 event for up to 100 riders. Here is the itinerary with the RWGPS Route Files:
Day 1 (Lake Louise to Radium – 124 kms)
Friday, May 24 8:00 AM – Bring your bike to the Lake Louise Overflow parking area. (There is no longer overnight parking for us at Castle Junction). You can register then load your baggage in the luggage truck and start your ride. The route is down hill east bound on Hwy 1 to the Hwy 93 south exit (20 km) where we turn south and climb to the first snack stop at Boom Lake (27 km). Subsequent lunch and snack stops are at the usual locations. See RWGPS route file.
The luggage truck will park at the Prestige Hotel in Radium. Participants can pick up their baggage and stay where ever they wish in Radium but will be responsible for moving their luggage there. The truck will remain at the Prestige for loading the next morning. The Prestige has a large parking lot for the truck.
A shuttle service to the Radium Hotsprings will be provided (details TBD).
Day 2 (Radium to Golden – 106 kms)
Saturday, May 25 – Find your breakfast at the hotel or in town, load your baggage at the Prestige hotel and hit the road north on Hwy 95 for Golden. Enjoy the wide shoulders on Hwy 95 which were widened in 2021 to accommodate the construction closures on Hwy 1. We will provide one snack stop and a lunch stop at the usual locations (see RWGPS route file). Luggage will be delivered to the Travelodge in Golden.
Last year we found the Travelodge was a good value and included a complimentary breakfast though we left before it opened. (If you wish to stay elsewhere, you will need to arrange your own luggage transfer to and from the Travelodge where luggage will be loaded again Sunday morning.)
Day 3 (Golden to Lake Louise – 87 kms)
Sunday, May 26 – Find your breakfast at the hotel or in town, load your luggage in the truck at the Travelodge and hit the road for Lake Louise.
After climbing and descending on the wide shoulders along the newly finished stretch east of Golden, the first snack stop is at the Yoho Park Gate (27 km). The second stop for lunch is at the Field visitor center (55 km). Then the climb over Kicking Horse Pass and down to Lake Louise. Final snacks will be served at the finish in the Lake Louise Over Flow parking area (87 km).
- The ride is limited to 100 riders.
- Riders should be competent to ride the distance in changing weather conditions and to carry out minor repairs. There will be a sweep vehicle which will also support riders who may be having difficulty reaching the finish each day. However we expect all participants to be able to complete each day well within the limits of their endurance.
- E bike riders must ensure that they have sufficient battery capacity to complete the ride each day. There may be no charging facilities on-route.
- Accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the registrant. Luggage will be carried in a cube truck and delivered to the Radium Prestige and Golden Travelodge hotels as above. You will need to arrange a shuttle for your luggage if you stay elsewhere than these hotels.
We have not obtained preferential rates at the Radium Prestige (in 2023, the online booking price was the same as the preferential group rate, so we saw no advantage). Travelodge in Golden has 43 rooms available currently and current price is $143 tax in (phone for Travelodge: 250-344-2915). To avoid escalating prices closer to event, book accommodations as soon as you can in Radium and Golden.
- Registrants wishing to visit the Radium Hot Springs will be shuttled on a schedule to be determined.
- There will be a sweep vehicle. Personal support vehicles are not encouraged.
- To participate in the GT or other EVCC multi-day events must be members. (The guest waiver won't work.)
- Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and under direct supervision (i.e. ride together).
-Coordinator and volunteer expenses will be reimbursed from the registration fees. Click here to see the budget.
Payment in full is required on registration. Should anything prevent the event from running (e.g., in the event we don’t achieve a minimum registration), the event will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued by the club.
In the event of participant cancellation, registrants will receive a refund if an alternate rider can be found to take their place. If a replacement cannot be found, the refund will be determined based on the event’s final accounting with a break even objective.
A wait list is maintained.