Join us for the first annual U.R.A.L. ride! (Ural Riders of Alberta Loop)

 

The ride is Saturday, September 9th and will depart from Destination Cycle, Airdrie at 10:00 am.  This is an adventure based, scenic ride, so we will be off the black top for some of the day.  We will travel west and stop in Water Valley, AB for lunch and fuel.  We will then make our way into the foothills and lower ranges west of Water Valley, following Harold Creek Road.  From Water Valley to HWY 40 is about 40 km of gravel on a very windy road with switchbacks and hairpin curves.  There are substantial drop offs the edge of the road, so its imperative that spacing must be maintained.  There will be a couple of stops along the way for pictures, and a stretch.  There is another 20 km of gravel on HWY 40 as well and then it turns to blacktop.   Upon reaching HWY 40 we will turn south and follow it to the 1A where we will then make our way into Cochrane for a rest/refreshment at the Cochrane Hotel.  We will split up from there with some returning to Airdrie and others making their way elsewhere.  Maximum speed for this ride will be 90 km/hr as that is the maximum along our route. 

 

To our knowledge there has not been a large, Ural based group ride in Alberta.  It is about time we made one happen!  This is intended to be a safe and fun ride.  An opportunity for some camaraderie and story telling along with seeing some country and enjoying the fall colours.  Bring your cameras and passengers and enjoy a day of riding in the back country.  A chase vehicle with hauling capability will be following with spare fuel, tools and water in the event of an issue with a bike.  An alternate route will be determined closer to the date if the gravel road condition is such that its not safe for sidecar travel.  Ensure you dress for the weather at any rate as it can change quick in the high country.  Drivers are encouraged to bring extra fuel and any accessories needed to maintain their bikes.  We also recommend wearing a full face helmet or face mask due to possible dusty conditions once off the black top. 
 
We know a lot of Ural owners will likely be coming from a long distance so it maybe hard to be here early Saturday morning.  Anyone wanting to come down Friday, we have been in touch with the Hampton Inn Suites.  They are offering a group rate of $99 per night for Friday and Saturday evening, the hotel is conveniently located one block north of Destination Cycles.  Call 403-980-4477 to book rooms, let them know you are a part of the Destination Cycles URAL ride to get the group rate.  

We would like to have anyone planning to participate to RSVP so we have a head count and idea of how many to expect.  Please register at URAL RIDE REGISTRATION

 

 
Looking forward to seeing you there!