In September 2013, elite cyclists from more than 20 countries will travel to Alberta to compete in a 900-kilometre, six-stage race across the province, beginning in Edmonton and traveling through nine communities until they reach the finish line in Calgary. It’s the Tour of Alberta, and it’s happening thanks to the efforts of Alex Stieda. Stieda is a retired professional cyclist, and was the first North American to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, in 1986. A long-time resident of the province, he secured funding from the Rural Alberta Development Fund to help take the Tour of Alberta from his dream to a reality. The tour will be the biggest stage race in Canada’s history, and will feature several teams that have competed in the Tour de France and other elite events earlier in the season. Thanks to Stieda’s vision, Alberta will have a chance to showcase itself on an international stage with a unique, exciting event.