Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY LOUIS GARNEAU

For many rea­sons, my favourite ride is the Chemin du Roy, a his­toric road that runs through many old towns be­tween Mon­treal and Que­bec City. This was the first road built in New France in 1660, long before it be­came the prov­ince of Que­bec. For 100 years, it has been the long­est road in North America.

To­day, the Chemin du Roy has be­come a touris­tic road along the St. Lawrence River. It is part of the Route Verte, a won­der­ful bike path net­work that al­lows you to dis­cover all the re­gions of Que­bec on your bike.

I live on the Chemin du Roy near Que­bec City, and it’s my No. 1 choice for a quick ride af­ter a day at the of­fice. The pave­ment is great, there is al­most no traf­fic and the scenery is mar­velous – rolling hills in the mid­dle of large fields, and all of this is mixed with big trees around an­cient houses with a splen­did view of the river. I love to cy­cle back and forth to Neuville. It’s a nice lit­tle ride, and I feel priv­i­leged to have this right at my doorstep.

Since the found­ing of the Mon­treal-Que­bec Cy­cling Clas­sic in 1931, the Chemin du Roy has been im­por­tant to Canada’s cy­cling his­tory. For decades, this epic one-day race was one of the top-ranked cy­cling events in the coun­try. I brought it back to life from 2002 to 2011, and in the mean­time, I started a gran fondo on the same roads in 2009, this time be­gin­ning in Trois-Rivières and head­ing to Que­bec City. The Gran­fondo Garneau-Québecor is now one of Canada’s big­gest rides, and we’ve been able to help the Lonely Elderly at the Lit­tle Brothers Foun­da­tion with ap­prox­i­mately $500,000 in do­na­tions to date.

The his­toric 280km Chemin du Roy of­fers fab­u­lous rid­ing be­tween Mon­treal and Que­bec City and is part of Que­bec’sRoute Verte.

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