August 26, 2013 (Mont-Tremblant, QC) – On September 7th, 2013, the region of Mont-Tremblant will host a new cyclosportive, a mass participation cycling event formula that has been established for decades on the international scene and is now gaining popularity across Canada. The first edition of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant will take place on two courses that are accessible to all; on roads that hug rivers, fields and farms, through forests and mountains; offering a unique opportunity to discover Mont-Tremblant’s road cycling network.
What is a Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo means “big ride” in Italian. It stands for escape, challenge and performance and is especially popular in Europe, the United States and now in Canada. For this first edition, the organizers are offering two routes: the Medio Fondo at 80 kilometers and the Gran Fondo, a 125 kilometer distance. The Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant will be a real cycling celebration where riders meet in a non-competitive environment to take on a personal challenge and share the pleasure of cycling on a first class course.
Participants will enjoy a well organized event that meets the high standards of Tremblant events. Early morning, cyclists will be invited to reunite at the entrance of Tremblant’s pedestrian village to mingle and prepare for the departure of the ride. Then, the celebration will begin with the arrival of the cyclists at the Place des Voyageurs during the participants’ lunch where kiosks and exhibitors will be offering their services on site. In order to celebrate this event, registration includes a vest in the event colors and freebies all weekend; starting with the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant ‘Prologue’ on Friday evening at the Tremblant’s 24h of cycling site, an opportunity for all participants to meet.
During this ride, cyclists will be provided with police protection and supervision throughout. From the start line, cyclists will travel the Montée Ryan, a symbolic route in the region, to discover the valleys and landscapes of Brébeuf and St. Rémi d’Amherst through to Route 364 – Rockway Valley, which promises an outstanding cycling surface. They will receive the support and cheers of encouragement from the business owners on the main street of downtown Mont-Tremblant. Participants in the 125 km ride will continue on their journey to Val-des-Lacs and Lake Superior before arriving at the finish line in the Tremblant pedestrian village.
Tremblant is an exceptional cycling destination that appeals to both road cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts as well as to those who prefer to ride the “Petit Train du Nord” linear park. Enjoy the attributes of the mountain, the resort and everything the Tremblant area has to offer. To meet the needs of its visitors, the Tremblant region offers a range of accommodation for every need. Visit Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant here for deals on accommodation during the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant weekend. In addition to the Gran Fondo cycling event, the weekend will offer an array of activities for all cyclists and their families.
Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant will engage approximately 75 volunteers. Spouses or friends who are not registered for the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant can volunteer to help the organization of this great cycling event. It provides an interesting and different way to participate and discover the Tremblant region and its major sporting events. For more details, see www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/benevole.
There is still time to register for the first edition of Gran Fondo and discover two magnificent courses that showcase the regions’ attractions. The registration deadline is Monday, September 2nd, 2013 – click here.