Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How can I register?
There are many ways to register for the Go Bike Montréal Festival. 
  • Online: forms in French or in English
  • By phone: 514 521-8356, ext. 504, or 1 800 567-8356, ext. 504
  • In person: at Maison des cyclistes, located at 1251, rue Rachel Est, in Montréal
How much does it cost?
Get all the information at Rates and registration.
Do I absolutely need to pay in order to participate?
Yes, registration is mandatory. It makes it possible to control the number of cyclists on the itinerary and to ensure their safety. Following your registration, you will receive a bib that will allow you to benefit from a host of services during the ride - mechanical repairs, first aid, toilets, water – and to enjoy all the activities and freebies from our sponsors.
Can children participate? How much do children pay?
Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Those 14 years old and less must be accompanied by an adult. The Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île are free for those 12 years old and under, however registration is mandatory. Those aged 13 to 17 benefit from a discounted rate of $10 ($20 at the Metropolitan Challenge). Get all the information at Rates and registration.
Where does the money from registration go?
Vast resources are required in order to deploy an event the size of Go Bike Montréal Festival, such as a team of around 50 people plus contractual workers. Registration fees go to cover costs associated to the activities, logistics, communications, customer service, setting up the departure and arrival points as well as the relays, signage, printing and mailing the bibs, as well as dealing with all implied intervenants, and of course training around 3700 volunteers.
Once registered, what will I receive?
You will receive a bib, as well a rendezvous notice, in the mail which you must wear in order to participate in the event. This rendezvous notice specifies the time window in which you must show up in order to be ready for departure. It also contains precious information relating to the Tour, directions to get to the event, as well as tips to allow you to take full advantage of your experience.

If you registered to the Metropolitan Challenge, you will receive a bracelet in the mail, giving you a souvenir gift, lunch, as well as a participant’s booklet containing all the necessary information for the event.

Consult Info-Bib to know the mailing date of documents relating to the event which you’ve registered for.
I still didn’t receive my bib. Is this normal?
The mailing dates for bibs depend on your registration date and the correctness of coordinates sent to us. Consult Info-Bib to know the mailing dates of bibs for all of our events.
What do I need to do if I lost my bib?
For all questions relating to the loss of your bib, you may call our customer service line at 514 521-8356, ext. 504, or 1 800 567-8356, ext. 504.
Can I register on the spot?
You can register on the spot for all of our events. However, we recommend you to do it as early as possible before the event. That way, you will take advantage of the best rates and receive your bib in the mail.
Are there group rates?
Yes. If you want to form a group within your company, please contact Danielle Cyr, at 514 521-8356, ext. 333, or by e-mail at dcyr@velo.qc.ca

To find out more about group participation.
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
A registration is a final sale. Go Bike Montréal events take place rain or shine.
I don’t live in Québec. Can I register online?
Online registration is open to all, regardless of your country of residence. You must however register far enough in advance to receive your bib in the mail, in time.
 

During the event

What distance will I ride? At what time is the start?
 
The Tour de l’Île de Montréal lets you pick from 5 itineraries, with different total distances:
  • The classic (50 or 25 km): departure starting at 9:15 am, spreading over a little more than an hour.
  • The 50 km Express: departure at 9:15 am.
  • The 100 or 60 km Découverte: departure at your convenience between 7:00 am and 9:15 am.
The Tour la Nuit has a 23 km itinerary. Departure starts at 8:15 pm, spreading over a little more than an hour.

The Metropolitan Challenge lets you pick from 5 itineraries, ranging from 50 to 150 km. Departure at your convenience between 7:00 am and 10:00 am.
At what time do I need to be at the starting point?
To know the time at which you need to show up at the starting point, please consult the rendezvous notice that you will receive in the mail with your bib.
If one of my friends receives a different rendezvous notice than me, can they still start at the same time as me?
Yes. Even if you have rendezvous notices giving different starting times, you can show up together for the event and ride the Tour together.
How much time will the tour take? Is there a time limit?
There is no official time limit, but of course we need to reopen the streets to motor traffic after a few hours. If you are a bit slow, the broom wagon will gently encourage you to catch up.

Tour la Nuit
At the Tour la Nuit, the itinerary (23 km), at average speed, takes around 1 h 15 to complete.

Tour de l’Île (50 km classic route)
No matter what your level is, the total time needed depends on your speed as well as the amount of breaks you take at our rest areas. The Tour de l’Île (50 km classic version) takes on average three to four hours to complete if making short stops in the rest areas.

Tour de l’Île (100 or 60 km Découverte)
At the Tour de l’Île 100 or 60 km Découverte, you will ride 100 km, giving you one of the most beautiful outlooks on the shores of Montréal, with the chance to shorten your ride to 60 km. Starting at 7 am, you will be able to take advantage of the Sunday morning calm to ride on a signed itinerary open to motor traffic. You will be able to take a break and have lunch at the rest area. After that, you will complete the last 16 km in the heart of the action, with thousands of cyclists, in streets that will be closed to motor traffic.
Is this a timed race?
No, these events are not competitive. Be aware, however, that the 50 km Express version of the Tour de l'Île is for seasoned cyclists knowing how to ride in a pack and able to maintain a speed of 30 km/h.
Are there shorter itineraries for children?
The Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l’Île propose an itinerary of 23 and 25 km respectively, in order to cater to younger ones. It’s the ideal choice for a pleasant family ride.
Are there any special instructions for when it comes to riding with children?
If your child is in a seat or in a trailer, make sure it is solidly attached and that he or she is wearing a helmet. A stop is recommended at each rest area so that they can stretch their legs. Consider applying sunscreen on them and bringing raingear.

If your child has their own bicycle and they are 14 years old or less, they must be accompanied by an adult. They must have an ID on them, as well as the phone number of a parent or a friend, just in case. Before starting, show them the bike info as a meeting place at the departure and arrival site and at each rest area.
What happens in case of a mechanical problem?
Along the entire route, you will find volunteers assigned to bicycle mechanics. Their red t-shirts have an image of wrench key, and they will be able to help you in the case of mechanical trouble. Repair service is free. You will just need to pay for any pieces.
What happens if I can’t finish the itinerary?
If you are unable to complete the itinerary, support vehicles can take you back to the finish site. You will be transported by bus while your bike, well identified, will be brought by truck so that you can pick it up at the finish site.
Are there first aid services?
Yes. At the Tour la Nuit, there is a first aid station at the departure / arrival site.

At the Tour de l’Île, there is a first aid station at the departure / arrival site, as well as at each one of the rest areas.

Furthermore, there are volunteers who will patrol the various itineraries. They have training in first aid and carry a first aid kit.
Is the event cancelled or delayed in case of rain?
The events take place rain or shine. It is therefore essential to wear weather-appropriate and comfortable clothing, and to carry raingear in case of precipitation.
How many participants are there?
Every year, some 25 000 people take part in the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, 15 000 at the Tour la Nuit and 3500 at the Metropolitan Challenge.
 

The itinerary

Am I able to participate in the Tour?
People of all ages and physical conditions normally participate. Although certain itineraries, such as the Express version of the Tour de l’Île and the Metropolitan Challenge, are aimed to performance cyclists, the Tour de l’Île itineraries (50 or 25 km) and the Tour la Nuit (23 km) can be completed by all.
What is the elevation of the itinerary?
There is not much elevation in the city of Montréal and the itineraries of the Tour de l’Île and the Tour la Nuit are rather flat and accessible to all. 

As far as the Metropolitan Challenge is concerned, the itinerary changes every year. Participants receive all the documentation concerning the elevation.
Where can I see the itinerary?
Click on Tour de l'Île or Tour la Nuit to visualise your itinerary.
What streets are closed at what time?
To get around more easily and to obtain all the information about street closures, consult Info-Circulation.
 

The day of the event

Can I bring my bicycle in the metro?
Yes. It is possible to do so from certain stations. A map of the STM will give you the details about your transportation by metro. Information to come.
 
How do I get to the Tour if I’m coming from outside of Montréal?
You will find a map giving you the information on getting to the Tour de l’Île de Montréal and to the Tour la Nuit by consulting Info-Circulation, which also details the streets closed to motor traffic during the events.
Is parking available for the participants?
You will find a list of parking lots situated in a 3 km radius from the departure and arrival site of the Tour de l'Île de Montréal and the Tour la Nuit in the rendezvous notice that will be mailed to you a few weeks prior to the event for which you registered.
Is there lodging nearby?
Vélo Québec Voyages offers packages with accommodations.

You will find additional information regarding other possibilities of accommodations by visiting the website of Tourisme Montréal.
Where can I rent a bike in order to participate in Go Bike Montréal Festival?
Many shops in the Montréal area offer a bike rental service. You will need to contact them in order to make necessary arrangements. More information to come on the BIXI offer.

Bike the Tour de l'Île or Tour la Nuit by BIXI for $2. Register for the Tour and then get your promo code here by providing your transaction confirmation number.

 

What to bring?

How do we need to dress in order to participate?
Wear comfortable clothing, adapted to the weather. Plan to bring raingear and a change of clothes in case of inclement weather. Choose bike panniers and baskets rather than a backpack which is often cumbersome and uncomfortable.
Do we need to wear helmets?
Vélo Québec strongly recommends wearing a helmet during our cycling events. Wearing one or not is a decision that each individual can take, but a helmet remains a very effective way to reduce head injury in case of a collision.
Is lunch included?
Registration to the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (50 or 25 km classic itinerary) and to the Tour la Nuit does not include a meal. You will need to bring your own lunch. You can also get light meals at the food trucks which will be found at rest areas as well as the arrival site. Some of our sponsors are ahead of the game. At the rest areas, they will help you fuel up on their snacks.

Registration to the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (50 km Express and 100 or 60 km Découverte itineraries) includes a meal. The information pertaining to your meal will be found in the rendezvous notice, mailed to you with your bib.

Registration to the Metropolitan Challenge includes a meal. All you need to do is to show your participant bracelet to claim your lunch. Upon signing up, you can choose between obtaining your lunch at the lunch rest area or the arrival site.
What are essential items to bring?
Don’t forget your bib, or your bracelet for the Metropolitan Challenge. This is essential if you wish to participate in the events. Plan as well to bring a bottle of water to hydrate yourself throughout the ride, a piece of ID, and a bit of money just in case.

If you plan on stopping at one of the rest areas and to participate at the activities away from your bicycle, a lock is recommended.

Basic tools (tire levers, pump, spare tire tube) can be useful if you are able to repair your bicycle on your own. However, along the route will be volunteers assigned to mechanics, helping you out in case of a technical problem.

Those participating at the Tour la Nuit must also have bicycle lights, which include a white light at the front and a red one at the rear.
 

Other questions

Can I participate in the event by jogging or in-line skating?
No. The Go Bike Montréal Festival is an event reserved exclusively to cyclists.
Are electric bicycles allowed on the track?
With the exception of the 50 km Express version of the Tour de l’Île, all types of bicycles are permitted, including unicycles, tandems and electric-assisted bicycles (with an engine of maximum 500 watts and a speed of no more than 35 km/h). Scooters equipped with pedals are forbidden.

For safety reasons, the use of tandem bicycles and triathlon-type handlebars are forbidden in the 50 km Express version of the Tour de l’Île.
Are animals allowed on the Tour?
No animal, whether tied to a leash or not, will be tolerated on the rides. If you wish to participate with your pet, he or she must be in a bike basket or a trailer.