Tour of the Island of Montreal: 15,000 cyclists take the metropolis by storm

Tour de l’Ile de Montréal: 15 000 cyclists take the metropolis by storm

The kick-off of the Tour de l le de Montréal has been given shortly before 10 a.m. at Parc La Fontaine.

The traditional Tour of the Island of Montreal takes place under a radiant sun in the streets of the metropolis. Some 15,000 cyclists are taking part this Sunday in this festive event organized by Vélo Québec.

As part of the Go bike Montreal Festival, “many cyclists came with their families to enjoy this sporting and friendly event,” said the president and CEO of Vélo Québec, Jean-François Rheault, on the starting line at the Parc La Fontaine, in the heart of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

Tour of the Island of Montreal: 15 000 cyclists take the metropolis by storm

Hundreds of cyclists await the start of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, at Parc La Fontaine.

For this 37th edition, cyclists have the pleasure, at their own pace, of discovering the western sector of the island through 7 boroughs, including Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame -de-Grâce and Verdun.

“The 36 km route is safe, with no traffic. […] We hope that this will make people want to travel more by bike in urban areas,” adds Mr. Rheault.

The Plateau in turmoil for this big bike party

The kickoff of the event at Parc La Fontaine – one of three possible departures for participants – took place shortly before 10 a.m. in a supercharged atmosphere.

Among the personalities present on the starting line: Émile Bilodeau, singer-songwriter and spokesperson for the Festival; Chantal Rouleau, Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region; Steven Guilbeault, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Luc Rabouin, Mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

Tour de l’&Ile de Montréal: 15  000 cyclists take the metropolis by storm

A few minutes before the start, the atmosphere was festive in the presence of several personalities.

More details to come.

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