Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant Celebrates 5th Year of Success
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.