The CASA Cycle Tour is extremely important to our organization, raising close to $1 million since it began in 2015, forming lasting friendships and creating a cycling family determined to support a cause dear to riders, support crew, donors and the community.
Tour funding provides valuable help for the more than 4,000 children, youth and families coming through CASA’s doors each year. And given the unprecedented challenges of the Covid pandemic, we all know that mental health remains a key concern for many Albertans.
Thankfully, CASA Foundation continues to receive overwhelming backing from the community, and also great interest from cyclists who want another tour this year.
Our original route planned in 2020 to Southern Alberta was put on hold last year and after much thought we feel we must consider the same for 2021, as the pandemic lingers. However, we may have found a solution – a week-long ride close to home that focuses on rider safety. The tour would start and end in Greater Edmonton and follow a circular route north to Swan Hills, Slave Lake, Athabasca, Lac La Biche and back to Sherwood Park. This route eliminates a key health challenge – transportation and social distancing. The Southern Alberta route requires automobile travel to the start, from the finish, to one of the hotels, and across an 80 km stretch near Medicine Hat. Riders would have been squeezed into support vehicles for extended periods of time.