The fondo defines itself as more of a personal challenge than a competitive event with the route taking participants along scenic roads around the Mont-Tremblant ski resort offering distances accessible to riders of all abilities. Being participant-driven and open to all riders is one of the key features of the event with 50 per cent of the 2015 riders participating in their first gran fondo.
Riders are divided into several pelotons riding on four courses of different lengths in a non-competitive environment. It’s a blend of scenic ride and personal challenge with a maximum of 2,000 participants.
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“The event has seen significant growth, leading us to make some changes,” said event producer Simon St-Arnaud. “We’ve increased the number of pelotons and offer more choices of speeds for the most popular distances. This should result in better fluidity for each ride.”
“The principal aim of the event is to promote cycling and the pleasure of riding with a group in a safe and non-competitive context,” added St-Arnaud. “With this formula, the event appeals to all types of cyclists.”
With the event still months away, the organizers offer a promotional 20 per cent discount for early reservation which expires on January 20.
“Last year was my first edition and I was very impressed with the organization, the upbeat atmosphere, the region’s scenery and the quality of the courses,” said David Veilleux, who along with Sébastien Delorme lead a Friday night sunset ride. “I thought the event was so fantastic, I signed up for the 2017 ride as soon as I crossed the finish line.”
On Sunday, the weekend of events wraps up with a coffee ride. For more information and for early registration visit granfondotremblant.ca