Posted by Editoress on 02/12/13
The organization that presents the Canadian WorldTour races in Québec City and Montréal - Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec / Montréal - will be offering cyclo-sportif rides for cycling enthusiasts who want to combine riding with spectating.
La Québécoise, on September 12th, will feature three loops, an array of authentic backcountry vistas and challenges for all rider levels. This inaugural cyclosportive will take you to the charming rural roads of Île d’Orléans, the cobbled streets of Old Québec City, or the hilly terrain paralleling the Jacques-Cartier River, and you’ll complete your ride under the same finish line arch where the winner of the Québec City Grand Prix Cycliste will be crowned the next afternoon, at the foot of Québec’s Parliament.
La Montréalaise, with a choice of three loops of 100 km, 145 km and over 190 km, promises a study in contrasts on September 14th. The start and finish point, Parc Avenue at the foot of Mount Royal, will welcome the pros of UCI WorldTour peloton the next day. La Montréalaise will take all riders across the St. Lawrence River to the South Shore, linking up with the Circuit du Paysan (Countryman’s Tour tourist route). Leaving the skyscrapers behind, a realm of apple orchards and vineyards awaits, with the chance to fully appreciate the serenity of rolling through picturesque natural settings. The more combative cyclists can look forward to a classic local challenge: the 342-metre Covey Hill climb, marking the halfway point of the longest of the three loops, just a few turns of the crank from the U.S. border. A great mix of urban and rural.
Visit www.cyclosquebecoises.com for more information.
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