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Grand Tour Desjardins 2014 : Unique Proposal in Niagara, from August 2 to 8




Montreal, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – This year, the Grand Tour Desjardins embraces the Niagara region. From August 2 to 8, an impressive convoy of cyclists will pedal hundreds of kilometers through the municipalities of Hamilton, Norfolk County (Simcoe), Welland and Niagara Falls. This unique route, with its gentle hills and rich landscapes, will make for a very pleasurable vacation experience. The pleasure of biking, of course, but also that of clearing your mind as you marvel at the vastness of Lake Erie and enjoy its many white sandy beaches. The pleasure also of visiting or revisiting the famous falls, a spectacular force of nature. The pleasure of tasting world-renowned wines produced by the local vineyards. The pleasure of touring an area with a rich history and heritage.

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. Participants can also benefit from a tent rental service, including pitching and dismantling, as well as baggage delivery.

Specially organized for the occasion, the Village, which is set up and taken down 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, two portable shower units, 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, movies and artistic performances at the Bistro du Village, 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 have access to a yoga space and massage therapy area.

Bike Trip Itinerary
Departure/Arrival: Hamilton, Ontario
Sunday, August 2, 2014: Travel day
Day 1 - August 3, 2014: Hamilton to Simcoe (89 km to 155 km)
Day 2 - August 4, 2014: Loop around Norfolk County (86 km to 178 km)
Day 3 - August 5, 2014: Simcoe to Welland (122 km to 158 km)
Day 4 - August 6, 2014: Welland to Niagara Falls (100 km to 145 km)
Day 5 - August 7, 2014: Loop around Niagara Falls (49 km to 75 km)
Day 6 - August 8, 2014: Niagara Falls to Hamilton (86 km to 134 km)

The Grand Tour Desjardins is available in Under the Stars (camping) package in the 3-day or 7-day formula. Reservations can be made by telephone at 1 800 567-8356 ext. 506 or via www.explorebybike.com.

The event is produced in partnership with Desjardins, Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, Ontario Tourism, Keurig, TELUS, Ontario’s Greenbelt and the Waterfront Trail.

Vélo Québec Voyages
Vélo Québec Voyages is a bike touring agency that offers different packages in Quebec, such as the Grand Tour Desjardins and the Petite Aventure Desjardins, in addition to developing routes and designing trips in North America and overseas. Every year, the agency organizes trips for over 6,000 cyclists in more than 70 regional, national and international destinations.

About Vélo Québec 
Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been a key player on the Quebec cycling scene since 1967. The organization works tirelessly to promote the use of the bicycle for recreation, tourism and as a clean, active mode of transportation, in order to improve citizens’ health and wellbeing and protect the environment.

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PRESS KIT: http://www.velo.qc.ca/fr/grandtour2014
• Press release
• Grand Tour Desjardins facts and figures
• Participants
• General route
• Detailed routes
• Photos
• Video
• Le Déchaîné

SOURCE AND CONTACT
Stéphanie Couillard | Vélo Québec
514 521-8356, ext. 358 | Cell: 514 942-0743 | scouillard@velo.qc.ca


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