Fans of world-calibre cycling, à la Tour de France, will be lining the route of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, taking place at and around Mont Royal Park on Sunday, September 9. The race comes to Montreal just as the hottest days of summer fade into memory and the air begins to get a crisp edge to it: the perfect time to watch top athletes sweat it out in a picturesque locale…
The Grand Prix Cycliste, now in its second year in Montreal, is part of the UCI WorldTour, which organizes incredible races in Europe, Asia and Australia, including the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. Many riders in Montreal’s Grand Prix Cycliste have participated in these multi-day and one-day races – not only that, but the 18 UCI ProTeams from across Europe, Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia, come to Montreal hot off the heels of the Grand Prix Quebec City race.
The race’s 168 competitors gather at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Grand Prix Cycliste start/finish line on Parc Avenue, centrally located near Parc Jeanne-Mance, just north of the Georges-Étienne Cartier Monument. The race begins at 11 a.m.; over the next five hours, cyclists will do 17 laps of the 12.1 kilometre course, totalling 205.7 kilometres with a total of 3893 metres in race altitude difference.
The Grand Prix Cycliste can be watched from anywhere throughout the course, but special food and refreshment zones for spectators will be set up in two popular spots: in Jeanne-Mance Park and the Montée Camillien-Houde lookout on Mont Royal. Anyone who wants to take a part of the race home with them, is free to take photos – and this year the GPCQM organizers have made cycling jerseys, shorts, t-shirts, accessories and more, available at boutiques along the race course.
Spectators might even get a few minutes of fame too: The Grand Prix Cyclistes Montreal and Quebec City races will be broadcast on television in Canada on TVA, TVA Sports and Sportsnets, in the USA on NESN, and in Europe on Eurosport, as well as broadcast online on cycling.tv.
As if the Grand Prix Cyclistes weren’t enough hot bike action this month, local cycling enthusiasts take part in Montreal’s 48-Hour Ride for Wishes, rolling through Parc Jean-Drapeau September 14-16, with teams raising funds for the Make-a-Wish children’s organization.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, September 9, 2012