Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant Readies for Fourth Edition
Over 2,000 riders expected to participate
Mont-Tremblant, February 15th, 2016 – With the ski season well under way, plans for the summers Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant are already in the works. Registration is officially open for the fourth edition of the event, which takes place May 27th to 29th, 2016.
The Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant (GFMT) is an event for road cyclists of all abilities and will appeal to those looking to ride for fun, good health and to take on a personal challenge - all while enjoying the beautiful scenery!
Grouped into several pelotons, participants will ride four routes of different lengths in a non-competitive atmosphere. The event strikes the perfect balance of challenge and discovery with a focus on safety and the enjoyment of cycling within a group.
Where ski village charm meets French-Canadian culture - Mont-Tremblant is an internationally renowned ski village nestled in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Canada - just north of Montreal. The region has phenomenal and compelling features that make it ideal for road cycling.
Significant road investments in recent years combined with the scenery and the challenge of the Laurentians, now make Mont-Tremblant a major destination for recreational cycling in the summer months. New wide shoulders have been put in especially for cycling, with drivers continually informed of driving courtesy with regards to cyclists and a new paved bike path for leisure cyclists too!
The quaint, rustic village of Mont-Tremblant is home to other top sporting events including the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant in August 2016. Both IRONMAN 70.3 and IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant were named by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance “International Sporting Events of the Year” in 2013 - a recognition of exceptional sport tourism initiatives.
The surrounding area is known for its hiking, kayaking, golfing and cycling—making it an idyllic location for athletes and their families and friends. The village and its surrounding communities offer a walkable, easily navigable location for all your needs.
Mt-Tremblants’ newly improved outdoors infrastructure includes;
20 road bike circuits
50 km of newly renovated mountain bike trails (IMBA standard)
277 km of hiking trails
46.3 km of cycling paths
GFMT is the perfect excuse for an early season getaway! Pack in some great mileage and discover the new bike friendly and international summer destination Mont-Tremblant has become.
For more information, please visit: mont-tremblant.ca/en/explore-mont-tremblant/trail-network/summer/
Ranked Number 1 by the FQSC
The Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant was voted best interprovincial open-to-all cycling event at the Mérite cycliste québécois gala of the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC, Quebec’s federation of sports cyclists). “We see it as a well-deserved award and recognition for the GFMT. The event’s growing popularity shows how much people appreciate it, not just for the safety aspect but also the array of concurrent, fun activities. The vote was unanimous,” explained Louis Barbeau, General Manager of the FQSC.
Top Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo Mount-Tremblant was recently ranked as one of the top Canadian Gran Fondos for 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide.
“Gran Fondo Mont -Tremblant is superbly organized encouraging cyclists of all abilities to enjoy a great cycling challenge. It’s also great a weekend of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Testament to its increasing popularity - the event has established itself as one of top Gran Fondos not only in Canada and the U.S. - but internationally” commented Gran Fondo Guide Founder, Mark Harding.
Improved Courses for 2016
Once again for 2016, the official courses are split into four rides of varying distances:
The 160 km Super Fondo for competitive cyclists
The 125 km Gran Fondo for experienced cyclists
The 80 km Medio Fondo for intermediate to advanced cyclists
The 45 km Molo Fondo for recreational cyclists
“The routes we’ve chosen, the distance and profile of each course will suit cyclists of all calibers. Riding the Gran Fondo event will give cyclists the opportunity to explore the Laurentian landscape, beautiful farmlands, the typical Quebec villages and the many surrounding lakes and rivers. Cyclists get the privilege of a dedicated road lane with police and organisation escorts witch is an experience in itself, feeling safe and part of a real biking peloton.” said Executive Producer, Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant, Simon St-Arnaud.
Executive Producer, Simon St-Arnaud has been involved in the development and production of sporting events for many years in Tremblant region. He’s recognized for organising sporting events to a very high standard and has been involved with the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant since its inception.
A Weekend Long Affair for the Whole Family
“A range of activities are planned, alongside the various cycling categories, for the three-day weekend. “Most of our participants and their families come and spend the entire weekend. We thought it quite natural to deliver a total experience – the love of cycling and a complete range of activities – in an atmosphere unlike any other,” commented Executive Producer, Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant, Simon St-Arnaud.
David Veilleux is joining Sébastien Delorme as an event ambassador. Veilleux, known for being the first Quebecer to participate in the Tour de France, will ride in the Tremblant event.
The Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant is also pleased to welcome Devinci and Louis Garneau as new partners. The collaboration with Mazda Canada continues as event presenter, as well as with Desjardins Wealth Management, Clif Bar, Cyclepresse, Ville de Mont-Tremblant, Tourisme Mont-Tremblant and the Tremblant Resort Association.
Registration is now open!
Registration for the 4th edition of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant is now open. Taking place over the weekend of May 27th to 29th, 2016, the event is expected to sell out in advance with a maximum of 2,000 participants.
To register, please go to: https://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/inscription
For full details, please visit the official website: http://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en
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