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Montreal Pledges $250,000 to Mardis Cyclistes Series Over Three Years

by John Symon

August 11, 2016 (Montreal, QC) – The City of Montreal has pledged $250,000 to the Mardis Cyclistes criterium series of bike races over the next three years. The announcement was made on Aug. 10 in a press release quoting Montreal mayor, Denis Coderre:

(l-r) Michel Gaudette (LaSalle Autogroupe), Claude Dauphin (Lachine Mayor), Tino Rossi (Mardis Cycliste), Denis Coderre (Montreal Mayor)  ©  John Symon
“Both for sporting events and in popular practice, cycling is firmly rooted in Montreal. Athletes and spectators recognize that Mardis Cyclistes de Lachine has become a popular meeting place and whose influence goes far beyond the boundaries of Montreal. The City of Montreal encourages the practice of this sport through its bicycling plan and is proud to support a dynamic event like this.”

“With races in several categories, this event is a good springboard for the next generation,” added Dimitrios “Jim” Beis, who sits on the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal where he is responsible for Procurement, Sports and Leisure, and Communities of diverse origins.

The Mardis Cyclistes de Lachine criterium series was founded in 1978 by Joseph “Tino” Rossi. As reported earlier this summer, after 39 years, Rossi is looking to pass the torch. Cycle Neron, a family-operated business with four locations, announced that it is willing to assume organizing the 10-stage races each summer.

Montreal press release (French) here.

Pedal’s previous reporting on Rossi passing the torch here.

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