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Vélo Québec in Ontario

Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – The Vélo Québec team will be at the Toronto International Bicycle Show, from March 4 to 6, 2011, in order to present its cycling projects to the Toronto community. Joëlle Sévigny, Executive Director of Vélo Québec Événements and Voyages, will also be on hand for an interview session on Friday, March 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the organization’s booth.

Grand Tour Desjardins in Ontario – A first!

For the first time in its history, the prestigious Quebec cycling event, the Grand Tour Desjardins, will take place in Ontario, along the Rideau Heritage Route and through the Thousand Islands region. Between August 6 and August 12, 2011, a caravan of 1,800 bicycle tourists will stop over in the towns of Perth, Belleville and Kingston, with Brockville as the start and finish point of the event. For all the details on the Grand Tour Desjardins, visit

"For a few years now, cyclists have been asking us to hold the Grand Tour Desjardins in Ontario. We spent a lot of time examining this possibility in order to find an optimal itinerary that would allow them to explore the most beautiful areas of southern Ontario, while benefitting from a selection of optional routes adapted to different cycling levels," explains Ms. Sévigny.

Invitation to Torontians to travel VIA Rail Canada to the Montreal Bike Fest!

Torontonians are being specifically targeted this year to participate in the Montréal Bike Fest, the world’s largest cycling festival comprising eight days of cycling celebrations, including its festive weekend featuring the illuminating Tour la Nuit and the classic Tour de l’Île de Montréal. And for the first time, packages including lodging and participation in the events are now available with a Toronto-Montreal return train ticket! For all the details on the Montreal Bike Fest, visit

Travel package up for grabs at the Vélo Québec booth!

Visitors to the Toronto International Bicycle Show are invited to come and dream about pedalling abroad at the booth of the Vélo Québec, an agency that organizes trips for some 6,000 cyclists annually. They will discover its extensive program of exclusive trips to over 70 destinations worldwide. In addition, those who visit the booth will be eligible to participate in a draw for a travel package for two for either the Montréal Bike Fest Weekend including transportation with VIA Rail Canada or the Grand Tour Desjardins Weekend.

About Vélo Québec

For over 40 years, Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been a key player on the Quebec cycling scene. Our organization has continuously encouraged the use of the bicycle, whether for recreation and tourism or as a means of clean, active transportation, in order to protect the environment and improve the health and well-being of citizens.

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Véronique Lavoie
Press Agent, Vélo Québec
514 521-8356, ext. 358

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