Gran Fondo Mont-Trem­blant Cel­e­brates 5th Year of Suc­cess

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

As the gran fondo cy­cling scene across Canada con­tin­ues to grow, of­fer­ing new chal­lenges for sea­soned rid­ers while wel­com­ing new in­ductees, Pedal was stoked to take on the fifth an­nual Gran Fondo Mont-Trem­blant this sum­mer. Amaz­ing weather was the or­der of the day as 1,750 cy­clists had big smiles on their faces for this event, which is be­com­ing an an­nual rit­ual in the re­gion.

As a for­mer pro cy­clist and cur­rently a Par­a­lympic na­tional team mem­ber, I was look­ing for­ward to this more re­laxed ap­proach to the sport. With four dis­tances of­fered, 160km (Su­per Fondo), 125km (Gran Fondo), 80km (Me­dio Fondo) and 45km (Molo Fondo), my goal was to com­plete the 80km route. Ev­ery­thing was di­aled, from the weather to the co-or­di­na­tion sur­round­ing the event, which most take for granted, but not Si­mon St-Ar­naud, Gran Fondo Mont-Trem­blant CEO, and his crew.

“We are work­ing long hours all year long for this gran fondo, I have a big team be­hind me and we are try­ing to ex­pand the event for next year and make a cy­cling fes­ti­val,” com­mented St-Ar­naud. “We plan to in­tro­duce some new con­cepts around the grand fondo, like a cri­terium race.”

The event al­ready fea­tures many an­cil­lary ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Devinci Sun­set Ride on the evening prior, an in­tro­duc­tory clinic with Sébastien Delorme, a re­con­nais­sance mis­sion for more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers led by Fran­cois Parisien and Maxime and Charly Vivès, and a Cof­fee Ride on Sun­day, which makes for a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence for those who want to spend the week­end at Mont-Trem­blant.

Se­cu­rity is ex­cel­lent with over 75 cy­cling guides, which is great for begin­ner cy­clists but also veter­ans like my­self. Safety is al­ways a top con­cern and Gran Fondo Mont-Trem­blant de­liv­ered once again, in­clud­ing a King of the Moun­tain sec­tion al­low­ing rid­ers to go as hard as they like.

So how was my ride? Su­perb, with Mother Na­ture pro­vid­ing beau­ti­ful sun­shine and a fes­tive at­mos­phere. I had a great work­out on the rolling course which in­cluded a longer hill in the mid­dle where we were able to push our lim­its. At the fin­ish, we were treated to a fab­u­lous meal with lots of smil­ing faces, an ex­hi­bi­tion vil­lage, live mu­sic and a party at­mos­phere.

Last year I be­came a fan of this event and with year two un­der my belt I’m con­vinced that it’s go­ing to be a must-do ride for me ev­ery year. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gran­fon­dotrem­blant.ca. — AL

Gran Fondo Mont-Trem­blant is be­com­ing an an­nual rit­ual in the re­gion.

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