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Grand Tour

1,800 cyclists. 662 km. 6 days. A Grand Tour.

>> par Vélo Québec Voyages 
Montreal, July 21, 2010 – The 17th edition of the Grand Tour of Vélo Québec Voyages offers cyclists a unique experience: a historic tour following in the footsteps of Champlain. From Glens Falls, New York State, to Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, participants will explore a brand-new route featuring Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and the Richelieu River.

“In addition to enjoying the stunning views, the travellers will have the pleasure of riding on exceptionally well-maintained roads and selecting from a variety of routes allowing them to cycle at their own pace and at their preferred level of difficulty,” explains Joëlle Sévigny, Executive Director of Vélo Québec Événements and Vélo Québec Voyages. “Avid cyclists can choose to ride long distances and tackle some challenging climbs, while touring cyclists can explore new regions with less demanding routes and studded with numerous tourist attractions. To follow the events of the trip, you can consult Le Déchaîné, the Grand Tour daily newspaper, and Boite aux lettres, the Grand Tour blog.”


THE GRAND TOUR IS…

A package bicycle touring event that takes place from August 8 to 13, 2010. Meals, lodging, en-route supervision, mechanical support and baggage transportation are included.

An original concept and packages for all tastes: “Under the Stars”, “Under the Covers” and “Grand Tour Weekend”.

An excursion allowing cyclists to pedal up to 662 km in 6 days, where the stages range from 72 to 131 km and everyone cycles at his own pace.

A unique group: 1,800 cyclists and 150 employees and volunteers.

A festive atmosphere day after day! A real vacation…

The Grand Tour is also a veritable village on wheels that is set up and dismantled at every stage. The Village is both the campground and start and finish point of each route. In the Village, cyclists also have access to a host of services, including meals, sanitary facilities, a first aid station, a sports medicine therapist, massage therapists, a mechanics booth and an Internet room. Activities are provided each day: bicycle touring workshops, cinema, artistic performances at the Bistro and daily news thanks to Le Déchaîné, the daily Grand Tour newspaper.


GRAND TOUR SCHEDULE

DAY 1 – Sunday, August 8 – Glens Falls to Ticonderoga

DAY 2 – Monday, August 9 – Loop around Ticonderoga

DAY 3 – Tuesday, August 10 – Tigonderoga to Bluff Point (Plattsburgh)

DAY 4 – Wednesday, August 11 – Loop around Bluff Point (Plattsburgh)

DAY 5 – Thursday, August 12 – Bluff Point (Plattsburgh) to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

DAY 6 – Friday, August 13 – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Saint-Hyacinthe


The 17th edition of the Grand Tour is presented with the participation of Rona as associate sponsor. The Grand Tour is produced by Vélo Québec Événements and its travel agency, Vélo Québec Voyages. In addition to bicycle touring events, such as the Grand Tour, Velo Quebec Voyages offers more than sixty exclusive bicycle trips, specially designed by its team of travel professionals. Vélo Québec Voyages organizes trips for over 6,000 cyclists every year, both in America and overseas! Find more at explorebybike.com

Vélo Québec Événements and Vélo Québec Voyages form a non-profit corporation that is a division of Vélo Québec, which also includes Vélo Québec Association and Vélo Québec Éditions.

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SOURCE
Vélo Québec Voyages

CONTACT
Geneviève Beauvais

Public Relations Director, Vélo Québec

Tel.: 514 521-8356, ext. 348
Cell: 514 942-0743

gbeauvais@velo.qc.ca



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