You may be feeling sad as you store your gravel bike away for the season, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your glorious return to the roads in spring. Registration for the gran fondo and gravel fondo at Crossroads 2020 is now open. The Mont-Tremblant event is expecting more than 10,000 cyclists to attend the third edition of the event this May. The three-day cycling extravaganza will take place May 22–24 in Mont-Tremblant, Que. This year, riders will be able to watch and participate in a wide variety of activities including road cycling, gravel rides, cross country and downhill competitions, a road criterium, and freestyle jump shows.
Gravel-curious riders will be pleased to hear that Crossroads has added a new 40-km gravel fondo course, designed for those just getting familiar with knobbier tires or those who want a more laid back way to explore the beauty of the Tremblant region. All gravel rides will be held on Sunday, May 24, and 90-km and +90-km routes are also available for riders who want a bit (or a lot) more of a challenge.
The eighth edition of the gran fondo has also upgradded this year with an exclusive VIP package. VIPs will be treated to special parking, food and fuel all weekend, a sunset ride with a coach and a full Garneau kit. While the VIP package ensures a luxurious, entertaining weekend, riders in the VIP peloton still have a challenge during the fondo as they maintain speeds of 26–28 km/h. The gran fondo will take place on Saturday, May 23, with distance options of 45 km, 80 km, 125 km and 160 km.
The cross country and downhill courses will welcome more than 600 riders in 2020, featuring technical descents and steep climbs. At the base of the mountain, the Crossroads Bike Park will host children ages 6-12 for bike skills clinics and will showcase freestyle jump shows all weekend. “We feel Crossroads creates a rare opportunity for road and trail lovers to meet up and celebrate the sport of cycling in a unique setting,” said Simon St-Arnaud, the festival’s founder, “whether you like competing, riding your bike and having a beer after or just watching a show.”