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Rimouski Holds 2nd Annual Bicycle Show

by John Symon
April 01, 2015 (Rimouski, QC) – The second annual Salon du vélo de Rimouski was held on Saturday, March 28 at the Navigateur Hotel in the city of Rimouski. Organizers of the event is a non-profit group that also organizes three local bike races, most notably the Tour de la relève internationale to be held July 8-12 welcoming some 200 cadets (15-16 year-olds) and juniors (17-18 year-olds) from all over North America and Europe. The cadet race is for boys and girls, but the junior race is only for girls.

“Le Salon du vélo de Rimouski had more than 500 visitors on Saturday,” organizer Michel Fugère told Pedal. “The show is organized as a benefit event for the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski. This year we had 12 exhibitors and plan to triple this number for 2016. The Salon du vélo de Rimouski does not have its own web site, but next year we will dedicate part of the Tour de la relève web site for the bike show. We can also be reached at info@tourdelareleve.ca.”

Exhibitors included local bike shops, bike clubs, cycling events, and accessory manufacturers – admission is free.

Rimouski is a small city with a population of only 47,000 about 3.5 hours east of Quebec City on the south shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Quebec is fertile ground for consumer bike shows now with five includeing Montreal; Quebec City (2); Rimouski; and Saguenay with a sixth one due to come aboard in 2016 in Sherbrooke.

The next consumer bike show on the calendar will be the second annual Salon du Vélo Promutuel in Saguenay taking place April 25–26 at the Delta Hotel there. Organizer Jean François Brassard wrote Pedal to say that this show gives visitors “…a chance to choose a bike, buy equipment, sports clothing, receive training and nutritional advice, register for bike rides, join clubs and associations, listen to conferences, etc.” Pedal believes that some 2,000 visitors attended the 2014 event – read more here.

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