Useful info for participants - Metropolitan Challenge


All the essential information to participate in the Metropolitan Challenge can be found here. Enjoy the challenge and have a good ride!

This page will be updated until the day of the event. Come back and visit us.


Meeting point and schedule

An untimed course of 61 to 145 km, the opportunity to discover a new portion of the greater metropolitan area, starting from Ski Saint-Bruno.

Starting out

Come to Ski Saint-Bruno on May 28, 2023, at the time you chose when you registered. To plan your trip to the departure site, click on this link: 550 Rang des Vingt Cinq E, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC J3V 0G6

Departure will be from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. It is important to respect the time chosen when you registered. Please refer to your transaction receipt or your customer account. .

Don’t forget your identification bracelet received by mail. It is your access pass to the different services and to get your lunch.

Getting your lunch

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the lunch stop or finish site.

When you registered, you chose where to get your lunch. The color of your bracelet corresponds to this choice.

  • Lunch stop (neon blue bracelet)
  • Finish site (white bracelet)*

* Please note that the 61 km course does not pass through the lunch stop. If you decide to ride the 61 km on the morning of the Challenge when you had chosen to take your lunch at the lunch stop, come to the Vélo Québec INFO booth to obtain a white bracelet.

Services access

At the start site and at the lunch stop, you will have access to the following services: toilets, water, mechanical assistance, first aid.

Take a break at the rest stop at Parc du Ruisseau (Rue Bella-Vista, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC J3N 1M1) located at kilometer 84 of the regular route. Services offered: snacks, water and toilets.

The return of cyclists to the start/finish site will take place from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Activities at the finish site will be announced at a later date.

Your lunch will be topped with a delicious local cheese from Fromagerie Polyethnique inc. of the Montérégie. Enjoy!

Enjoy your chocolate milk, courtesy of Quebec Milk Producers. Plus, there are 15 essential nutrients in there. You deserve it!

Mechanical assistance and roadside support

Make sure your bike is in good condition to take part in the Challenge. In case of a problem, here are the services offered.

To reach Vélo Québec during the Metropolitan Challenge: 514 292-8356

Mechanical assistance

At the start site and at the lunch stop, a mechanical breakdown service is offered to correct minor problems (flat tire, adjustments, etc.). However, this service is not equipped to handle major repairs.

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

On the road

Vehicles (mechanical, support, motorcycle first aid) will be on the route to assist you in case of a problem. You’ll also come across certified bike escorts – 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 bike.

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

Bring the right equipment

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 distances of the Metropolitan Challenge are relatively long, it is important to prepare yourself adequately. The night before, have a hearty supper, 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 along the route. Pack two water bottles and fill your pockets (or panniers) with snacks such as energy bars and gels, cookies, fresh or dried fruit…

Cycle 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 this is your first major outing of the season, 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 Metropolitan Challenge, including one of similar distance.

Metropolitan Challenge Route

Take the road at your own pace! Depending on your energy level, pick the route of your choice: 61, 85, 96 or 145 km.

One week before the Challenge, you will receive by email an update of the route maps, including the location of the restrooms and the rest stop.


Your route in printable format

Your route on Ride with GPS


To complete the planning of your Challenge, it is possible – using a phone, a computer or a tablet – to consult maps and topographic profiles using the Ride with GPS platform.

This platform offers you an array of superior functionalities:

  • Voice navigation
  • Offline access to maps
  • Detailed maps and itineraries (cuesheets) in PDF format (data is provided for information purposes only)
  • Advanced route notifications with GPX (or TCX) files

If you wish to access these features, please follow the procedure below:
1. Register for the event on Ride with GPS.
2. You will be prompted to register if you are new to the site or to log in if you already have an account. It’s free. The event will automatically sync with your mobile and online account.

Do you have a GPS or a smart phone? Check out the short navigation guide to get you started with the Ride with GPS platform.

A few instructions on the road

During the Metropolitan 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 ride four wide, but to ride in a line on the right side of the road.

Cycling and Courtesy

Each year, many municipalities and their residents welcome us along our routes with generosity and enthusiasm. In order to leave them with a good impression, we ask you to be considerate, courteous and respectful of private property at all times.


The route 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 route closure

The optional routes 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 optional route, closing time information is also provided on maps, where applicable.

Discover the Montérégie

Want to stay close to the starting point of the Metropolitan Challenge or simply treat yourself to a good time before or after the Metropolitan Challenge? Reserve your stay in one of the establishments below. Pleasure and relaxation guaranteed before your great spring cycling challenge!

Hôtel Mortagne in Boucherville

Imperia in Boucherville

WelcomInns in Boucherville

Comfort Inn in Boucherville

Holiday-Inn Montréal-Longueuil

Sandman in Longueuil

Hôtel Rive-Gauche in Beloeil

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