Release Date: Jan 22, 2013
Three-time Olympic cycling medalist Curt Harnett was at the Halton Region Museum this morning to help announce the PwC Epic Tour Halton, a GranFondo-style mass participation cycling event featuring some of the most spectacular cycling terrain in the Greater Toronto Area. The first annual event is scheduled for September 8, 2013, coinciding with the Museum’s 3rd annual Alexander Family Farm Day.
“The Halton Region Museum’s location, at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment in Kelso Conservation Area, serves as a perfect spot for families to visit as part of the overall Epic event experience,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton offers some of the best cycling in the province, and riders in the 140K Granfondo and 80K Aspire, 40K Fit and 20K Family events will experience the beauty of Halton’s forests and farm land with routes through Milton, Burlington and Halton Hills. I am confident that once participants bike these routes, they will want to return to further explore all Halton has to offer.”
Riders will begin and end in Kelso Quarry Park, part of the Kelso Conservation Area, on the escarpment off Steeles Avenue in Milton. The third annual Alexander Family Farm Day at the Halton Region Museum, located inside Kelso Conservation Area, offers day-long activities for families that will be a featured part of the event.
“Family riders will also get to enjoy being part of the 3rd annual Alexander Farm Day and learn about one of Halton’s original farming families, participate in fun-filled games, visit a petting zoo, listen to live musical performances and enjoy a wagon ride through the park,” said Nancy Field, Manager of Heritage Services at Halton Region.
Organized by High Performance Cycling, with support from a number of partners including PwC Canada, PwC Epic Tour Halton has been designed as a complete lifestyle experience for participants and their families. The start/finish will host a Festival and Expo with a stage and live entertainment, kid’s activities including riding and water sports on Kelso Quarry Lake, full food and beverage operations, cycling displays from leading manufacturers and retailers, and interactive displays from participating sponsors.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.
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