Today, September 4th 2014 the following schools will have early dismissal due to the Tour de Alberta:

  • Gateway Christian School
  • Central Middle School
  • Grandview School
  • Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School
  • Alternative School Centre
  • Central Services

Please be aware of the following communicate from the City of Red Deer regarding road closures for today during the Tour of Alberta 2014 and until the end of fall due to road work.  The numerous blockades and detours may result in School Bus Delays. For a detailed list of road closures and road disruptions you can check HERE

The Tour of Alberta, one of Canada’s largest professional cycling races, will make its way through Red Deer tomorrow, September 4, 2014. Residents are encouraged to watch the race from anywhere along the route, and to participate in the downtown festival which kicks off at 11 a.m.

Cyclists will enter the city at approximately 2:30 p.m on Highway 11, turn south on 30 Avenue to Ross Street, head west on Ross Street, and will enter the downtown loop at the corner of Ross Street and 40 Avenue. Riders will complete the loop three times. Racers are often travelling upwards of 75 km/hr on the sprints or flats into the finish line.

Some roads will temporarily close as more than 100 cyclists make their way through the city. Road closures along the cycling route will include the following:

  • 30 Avenue
  • Ross Street
  • 55 Street
  • 40 Avenue

Drivers will be able to move in and out of affected neighbourhoods and areas prior to cyclists making their way through the city; however, once cyclists are in Red Deer, access to roads and areas along the route will be impacted for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

The finish line and festival area will be located on Ross Street from 47 Avenue to 49 Avenue. Therefore, Ross Street will close from 47 Avenue to 49 Avenue starting Wednesday, September 3 at 5 p.m. until Thursday, September 4 at 9 p.m. The racers are expected at the finish line between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow immediately. The festival continues until 5 p.m.