We’re taking GASP around West Central Saskatchewan this summer. The Great Annual Saskatchewan Pedal (GASP) takes place July 18 – 25. Mark your calendars now. The 2009 tour route begins and ends in Saskatoon, and passes through Biggar, Wilkie, Battleford, Unity, Kerrobert, Herschel, Rosetown and Outlook. The eight-day SCA trip explores a different area of the province each year. This is the first time we've had an organized tour through this part of the province.
The annual tour is designed around opportunities to experience the scenery, culture and history of Saskatchewan. The pace is leisurely. The itinerary includes visits to local attractions and events. A support vehicle carries cyclists’ gear. Among the highlights of this year’s tour, cyclists will arrive at Fort Battleford in time to take part in Parks Canada’s Siege of Battleford, one of only four evenings throughout the year when the cannon is fired at the national historic site. The group will visit archeological, paleontological and historic sites at Herschel, where there will also be an opportunity to stay overnight in tipi lodging. The cyclists also hope to get a glimpse of Biggar’s historic railroad roundhouse.
Touring veterans will love this tour. But, then, we never pass up an excuse to be out on our bikes. More importantly, if you've never been on a bicycle tour but have always wondered what it's like, the provincial tour is a perfect place to start. The SCA has done all the organizing and planning, booked all the meals, arranged all the overnight stops, found all the interesting places to visit, and has a van and driver along to carry your gear — and even to carry you if you get tired. Plus, you won't be all alone out there on the road, struggling through your first bike tour. There’ll be lots of other cyclists along for the ride, to make the event fun and keep you company. You get to learn from their experience. Next thing you know, you'll be packing for your first round-the-world tour.
Total distance is about 660 km. Great Annual Saskatchewan Pedal — GASP 2009. Supported road tour of West Central Saskatchewan. Camping (optional hotel/motel accommodation available each night). Route: Saskatoon – Biggar – Wilkie – Battleford – Unity – Kerrobert – Herschel – Outlook – Saskatoon. This tour is organized by the Saskatchewan Cycling Association (SCA). Basic registration cost is for SCA members. Non-members are welcome, but must join the SCA for the tour.
Day 1, Saturday, July 18: Saskatoon to Biggar.
Day 2, Sunday, July 19: Biggar to Wilkie.
Day 3, Monday, July 20: Wilkie to Battleford.
Day 4, Tuesday, July 21: Battleford to Unity.
Day 5, Wednesday, July 22: Unity to Kerrobert.
Day 6, Thursday, July 23: Kerrobert to Herschel.
Day 7, Friday, July 24: Herschel to Outlook.
Day 8, Saturday, July 25: Outlook to Saskatoon.
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