DETAILS OF THE 2017 EDITION WILL BE UNVEILED SHORTLY. UNTIL THEN, PLEASE REFER TO THE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO 2016 BELOW.


A BEAUTIFUL CHALLENGE. COLOURFUL REWARDS.

All three Gran Fondo courses, two of which are 99% paved, have been created not only to challenge you, but to stir you emotionally with the beautiful landscapes and views that are the trademark of the Victoriaville region. Over the miles you’ll be invited to admire seemingly endless horizons, countless charming villages, rolling hills tumbling into valleys, with streams and rivers winding sinuously along their lengths, and always of course, the magnificent changing landscape.

Each of the three Gran Fondo courses offers constant pastoral beauty, but with varying degrees of distance, technical difficulty and elevation. There’s plenty to challenge you too, with all courses spectacularly finishing atop Mont Arthabaska this year. What a great place to celebrate the sport and enjoy all the magic of fall!

Not sure which Gran Fondo is right for you? Don't worry. Whichever you choose you’ll be on the right course for a wondrous tour of the magnificent Appalachians. Plus you can enjoy the fall ambiance on the Ours Noir outdoor terrace, and with beer specially brewed for The Classic by the Isle de Garde microbrewery. So get ready to feast your eyes and feed your appetite!


NEED MORE GREAT REASONS TO REGISTER FOR A GRAN FONDO?

#1 YOU COULD WIN YOUR WEIGHT IN MAPLE SYRUP!

The "Classic" and "Panoramic" courses include timed sections, resulting in the crowning of a “King and Queen of the Mountain”. In addition to receiving an exclusive shirt, they’ll leave with their weight in maple syrup!

#2 ROLL AT YOUR OWN PACE, RIDE IN COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND!

Enjoy the beauty of the landscape or the difficulty of the course at your own pace, because all peletons are “free speed”. Plus, we take care of you from Start to Finish, with full course security and refuelling, both throughout the course and on arrival.

#3 GREAT FREE FOOD, REAL COOL GEAR!

Every participant gets a free braised venison poutine, served on the Mont Arthabaska terrace, in addition to the full refreshments offered at the Finish area. Onsite, you’ll get an official event souvenir too—stand by for details, coming soon!

Don’t miss the carnivorous creativity of the Ours Noir, crafters of a special menu for our event, and the ideal accompaniment for our special Isle de Garde ‘Classic’ brew! Take it all in on the terrace, enjoying the superb view and the captivating groove of musical group Vocelle and The Crashroads!

#4 SHARE THE JOURNEY, ENJOY THE SAVINGS!

With our Quattro package, available for groups of 4 or more riders, whichever of the 3 courses they choose, each member gets a 15% discount on the cost of registration. They also receive the coupon for a free beer and braised venison poutine, served on the Mont Arthabaska terrace… not a bad way to celebrate and share the stories of a great day, huh?


THE ‘APPALACHIAN CLASSIC’
GRAN FONDO

September 17, 2016 - START TIME 8:45am

KEY INFORMATION

GPS file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16221019

NEW: Start area at Complexe Sacré-Coeur

  1. Finish at Mont Arthabaska
  2. Two full Refreshment Stations on course (water, food, toilets).
  3. 132.5 km (82.3 mi.), climbing over an estimated 2,700 metres (8,860 ft)
  4. 66% on asphalt (90 km/56 mi.)
  5. 33% compacted dirt roads (45 km/28 mi.)
  6. ‘Free Speed’ peloton, with 4 timed sections, offering a chance to win your weight in maple syrup!
  7. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle
  8. Towns on route: St-Norbert-d’Arthabaska, Ste-Hélène-de-Chester, St-Fortunat, Chesterville, Notre-Dame-de-Ham, St-Rémi-de-Tingwick, Tingwick and St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska.
  9. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for braised venison poutine included with registration.

THE ‘PANORAMIC’ 
GRAN FONDO
– NEW ROUTE!

September 17, 2016 - START TIME 8:55am

KEY INFORMATION

GPS file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16220878

  1. NEW: Start area at Complexe Sacré-Coeur
  2. NEW: Finish arriving from behind Mont Arthabaska
  3. 105 km (65 mi.), 99% on asphalt
  4. climbing over an estimated 1,800 metres (5,905 ft) - elevation/distance ratio= 1.7%
  5. Two full Refreshment Stations on course (water, food, toilets). Full refreshment station at Finish.
  6. ‘Free Speed’ peloton, with 3 timed sections, offering a chance to win your weight in maple syrup!
  7. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle and full course security
  8. Towns on route: St-Norbert-d’Arthabaska, St-Fortunat, Chesterville, Notre-Dame-de-Ham, St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska, St-Rémi-de-Tingwick, Tingwick and Warwick.
  9. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for braised venison poutine included with registration.

THE ‘DISCOVERY’
GRAN FONDO

September 17, 2016 - START TIME 9:30am

KEY INFORMATION

GPS file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16220826

  1. NEW: Start area at Complexe Sacré-Coeur
  2. NEW: Finish arriving from behind Mont Arthabaska
  3. 70 km (43.5 mi.), 99% on asphalt
  4. climbing over an estimated 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) - elevation/distance ratio= 1.4%
  5. Refreshment Station on course (water, food, toilets). Full refreshment station at Finish.
  6. ‘Free Speed’ peloton.
  7. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle and full course security
  8. Towns on route: St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska, St-Albert, Ste-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Warwick andTingwick.
  9. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for braised venison poutine included with registration.


NOTE: Ride Guides for all categories will be available from early September.