CHEMIN DU ROY
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’s