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Lo­ca­tion Mont-trem­blant, Que. Date May 27

Dis­tances 160 km (su­per fondo), 125 km (gran fondo), 80 km (medio fondo), 45 km (mollo fondo) Cost $84–$155, de­pend­ing on dis­tance and regis­tra­tion date Web­site gran­fon­dotrem­

For­mer pro David Veilleux has some in­sight into what makes for a good day on the bike. Scenic and well-or­ga­nized, Gran Fondo Mont-trem­blant fits the bill. “The Lau­ren­tians make a great back­ground and the roads are quiet,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing is taken care of and you can feel that the peo­ple in charge are on top of things.” On Fri­day night of the event week­end, par­tic­i­pants can join a sun­set ride with Veilleux, who rode in the Tour de France and wore the yel­low jer­sey at the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné. There is also an in­tro­duc­tory clinic cov­er­ing the ba­sics of pelo­ton rid­ing. On Satur­day, 2,000 par­tic­i­pants are sep­a­rated into groups based on es­ti­mated av­er­age speed for each of the ride dis­tances, which re­duces the sizes of the groups and makes things safer. Early in the cy­cling sea­son, a trip to Mont-trem­blant for the fondo is an ex­cuse to spend a week­end on the bike. “There is some sort of spring ef­fer­ves­cence,” Veilleux said. “Peo­ple are happy to fi­nally do a gran fondo, to see fa­mil­iar faces, and to put the trainer be­hind them of­fi­cially.”

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