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Grand Tour Desjardins

1,700 Cyclists Visit Gaspé Peninsula and New Brunswick

>> par vélo Québec Voyages 
Montreal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – Veritable bike touring institution in Quebec, Vélo Québec presents the 19th edition of the Grand Tour Desjardins in Gaspé Peninsula–New Brunswick. From August 5 to 11, an impressive caravan of 1,700 cyclists will cover 600 to 900 km in seven days, passing through the municipalities of Matane, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, New Richmond, Campbellton and Amqui.


ORIGINAL CONCEPT

The Grand Tour Desjardins is a turnkey bike touring event, including meals, accommodations (hotel or camping), en-route supervision, mechanical support and baggage transportation. For the second year, participants can opt for a tent rental service, including pitching and dismantling. Also, to facilitate their journey to the departure site, Vélo Québec, in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, offers them the opportunity to travel by train with their bike.

The Grand Tour Desjardins is a 100% comfort holiday experience! In addition to professionally designed routes for each edition, participants benefit from a host of services in the Village. Specially organized for the occasion, the Village, which is set up and dismantled at every stage, serves as the campsite, as well as the start and finish point of each route. In the Village, cyclists have access to meals, sanitary facilities, a first aid station, a sports medicine therapist, a mechanics booth and an Internet room. They can also take advantage of the daily activities offered, such as bicycle touring workshops, cinema and artistic performances at the Bistro, as well as catch up on the latest news in Le Déchaîné, the Grand Tour Desjardins daily newsletter. And to unwind after a full day of pedalling, participants can relax at Espace Yoga Metro and the VIA Rail Canada Massage Therapy Zone.


A FIRST

On Monday, August 6, the municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, in cooperation with the magazine Vélo Mag, offers 300 Grand Tour Desjardins cyclists the unique experience of biking Parc de la Gaspésie in Timed Mode. This is not an official race, but rather a unique opportunity to add a measurable challenge to the pleasure of pedalling this magnificent 138-km crossing. Vélo Mag will provide all participants with a one-year subscription to its magazine, as well as a ranking on the site velomag.com. The support of local citizens is welcome!


ROUTE

DAY 1 | Sunday, August 5 | 88 to 100 km | Matane to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

DAY 2 | Monday, August 6 | 143 km | Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to New Richmond, including the Parc national de la Gaspésie  in timed mode

DAY 3 | Tuesday, August 7 | 58 to 117 km | loop around New Richmond

DAY 4 | Wednesday, August 8 | 92 to 138 km | New Richmond to Campbellton

DAY 5 | Thursday, August 9 | 54 to 98 km | loop around Campbellton

DAY 6 | Friday, August 10 | 106 to 126 km | Campbellton to Amqui

DAY 7 | Saturday, August 11 | 76 to 115 km | Amqui to Matane


ROUTE VERTE

This year, 45% of the Grand Tour Desjardins course follows the Route verte, the largest cycling network in North America. The Route verte, an original idea of Vélo Québec, has been taking shape since 1995, thanks to the collective effort of an impressive number of local and regional partners. And since the Route verte officially reaches the 5,000-kilometer mark this year, Vélo Québec is taking advantage of its Gaspé Peninsula event to pay tribute to the work of local stakeholders.


VÉLO QUÉBEC VOYAGES

The Grand Tour Desjardins is produced by Vélo Québec Événements and its travel agency, Vélo Québec Voyages, with the participation of Mouvement Desjardins and in partnership with VIA Rail Canada and Metro. In addition to bicycle touring events, Vélo Québec Voyages offers more than 70 exclusive cycling trips, specially designed by its team of professionals. Vélo Québec Voyages organizes trips for over 6,000 cyclists every year, both here and abroad! Visit www.explorebybike.com

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INFORMATION
François-Xavier Tremblay
Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 400
Cell: 514 214-5457
fxtremblay@velo.qc.ca

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