Useful info for participants - Vélo Mag Eastern Townships Challenge

Saturday September 7, 2024

All the information you need to participate in the Vélo Mag Eastern Townships Challenge can be found here. Enjoy the ride!

This page will be updated in the coming months and until the day of the event.

Mechanical assistance

At the starting site and at the lunch stop, a mechanical repair service is offered to fix minor problems (flat tire, adjustments, etc.) but not to make major repairs.

The cost of replacement parts, if any, is at the participant’s expense.

On the road

Vehicles (mechanical, support, first aid motorcycle) will cover the course to assist you in case of a problem. You’ll also come across certified bike supervisors – certified in first aid and qualified to perform mechanical repairs.

If you need help, just give us a thumbs down.

Support vehicule

If you are not able to finish your day, you can get into a support vehicle with your bicycle.

Don’t hesitate to use this service if you have a serious problem, but note that it is an emergency service and not a cab.

Your preparation

The better prepared you are, the more fun you will have at the event. Go at your own pace and, most importantly, have fun!

Gear up adequately

Bring equipment for all conditions (raincoat, windbreaker, long shorts, shoe covers, sunscreen, helmet or cap, glasses, etc.). Even if you have to leave equipment in the car, it is better to bring more than less.

Get your energy up

Since the Challenge’s distances are relatively long, it is important to prepare yourself adequately. The night before, have a hearty meal, preferably carbohydrate-based (the famous pasta!). In the morning, don’t break your habits, have a good breakfast.

Eat and drink regularly before you feel hungry or thirsty: it’s your fuel and the secret to getting to your destination!

Don’t just rely on convenience stores on the course. Pack two water bottles and fill your pockets (or panniers) with snacks such as energy bars, cookies, fresh or dried fruit…

Go at your own pace

A minimum of stretching and warming up is beneficial for many people. Take a quick 10 minutes to loosen up your muscles. It can only do you good!

If you haven’t ridden in a while, curb your enthusiasm at the start and save it for the end. Start your ride slowly.

Of course, it is strongly recommended that you plan a few rides before the Challenge, including one of similar distance.

A few guidelines on the road

During the Challenge, the roads are open to traffic. As a user of the road network, you must therefore respect the Quebec Highway Safety Code. In addition to the usual rules (traffic lights, stops, etc.), it is important not to drive four wide, but to drive in a line on the right side of the road.

Cycling and Courtesy

Each year, many municipalities and their residents welcome us along our courses with warmth and enthusiasm. In order to leave them with a good impression, we ask you to be civic-minded, courteous on the road and respectful of private property at all times.


The course is marked with signs. These signs will also indicate the presence of the various service points (toilets, refreshments, lunch stop, water, etc.). Any last minute deviation will be indicated, if necessary, with the help of DETOUR signs.

Optional course closure

The optional courses indicate a closing time so that all participants can cross the finish line by 6:00 pm. In addition to being indicated on the course sign at the beginning of the optionals, closing time information is also provided on the maps, where applicable.

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