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THE GRAN FONDO


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THE GRAN FONDO



DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL.

TASTE THE EXCEPTIONAL.

The Gran Fondo courses of the Appalachian Classic have been designed to provide you with richly rewarding experiences that are both physical and emotional, set amid the beautiful landscapes upon which much of Victoriaville and its region’s reputation has been built. Mile after mile, kilometre after kilometre, riders admire views that vanish over the horizon, rolling through valleys where sinuous meandering rivers run and through countless villages full of charm and colour.

Differing in their distances, technical difficulty and elevation profile, three courses of the Gran Fondo offer varying degrees of challenge, but all dressed in the same autumnal beauty. All routes end atop Mount Arthabaska, an area providing an experience which is as festive as it is a celebration of our sport. Add the invitingly-couponed fare of the Isle de Garde microbrewery, the music of a live band, plus hundreds of cheering spectators and it’s the perfect end-of-season party!

“GOURMET EXPLORER” GRAN FONDO

Victoriaville and its region just overflows with charming, creative and passionate local producers, residents who’ve grown the reputation of the region to what it is today. And what better way to explore and enjoy the wealth of a region than on a bike? With that idea in mind, the Appalachian Classic introduces a unique cycling experience: a beautiful bike ride set with several ‘gourmet’ stations where you’ll discover some of the finest and most popular “terroir” delicacies of Victoriaville and its region.

Riders will also get to meet many of the producers in person, as well as a chance to purchase or order much of what’s offered to enjoy at home. Two distances are now available (55km and 77km). The course is 99% on asphalt and lightly hilly… just enough to burn off some of those extra calories!


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 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!

And be sure not to miss the ideal accompaniment: our special Isle de Garde ‘Classic’ brew! Take it all in on the terrace, enjoying the superb view and the captivating vibe at the summit!

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THE ‘APPALACHIAN CLASSIC’


THE ‘APPALACHIAN CLASSIC’


THE ‘APPALACHIAN CLASSIC’
GRAN FONDO

AUGUST 24, 2019 - START TIME 8:30am

*** NEW START AREA ***

Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30232387

  1. Registration price until August 22nd: $100

  2. NEW location for package pick-up and start area: Pavillon Agri-Sports (400 Boulevard Jutras E, Victoriaville, QC G6P 7H4).

  3. Finish at Mont Arthabaska, with shuttle service from/to start area (located less than 3 mi. from finish area).

  4. Three full Refreshment Stations on course (water, food, toilets). Full refreshment station at Finish.

  5. Back to the matchless, monumental and mythical original course: 135 km (83.8 mi.), with +/-45km (28 mi.) on compacted dirt roads

  6. Climbing more than 2,200 metres (8,858 ft)

  7. ‘Free Speed’ peloton, with 4 timed sections, offering a chance to win your weight in maple syrup!

  8. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle and full course security

  9. 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. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for a poutine and a beer included with registration.

  10. UCI license mandatory. One-day licenses are available.

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THE ‘PANORAMIC’


THE ‘PANORAMIC’


THE ‘PANORAMIC’ 
GRAN FONDO

AUGUST 24, 2019 - START TIME 9:00am

*** NEW START AREA ***

Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30314550

  1. NEW location for package pick-up and start area: Pavillon Agri-Sports (400 Boulevard Jutras E, Victoriaville, QC G6P 7H4).

  2. Finish at Mont Arthabaska, with shuttle service from/to start area (located less than 3 mi. from finish area).

  3. 110 km (68.3 mi.), with less than 6.5 mi., climbing over an estimated 1,700 metres (5,577 ft)

  4. Three full Refreshment Stations on course (water, food, toilets). Full refreshment station at Finish.

  5. ‘Free Speed’ peloton, with 3 timed sections, offering a chance to win your weight in maple syrup!

  6. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle and full course security

  7. 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.

  8. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for a poutine and a beer included with registration.

  9. UCI license mandatory. One-day licenses are available.

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The 'GOURMET EXPLORER'


The 'GOURMET EXPLORER'


ALL-NEW 'GOURMET EXPLORER'
GRAN FONDO

AUGUST 24, 2019 - START TIME 9:30am

Two distances available: 

55 km : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30750452
77km : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30750512

KEY INFORMATION

  1. Registration price until August 22nd: $120

  2. Types of tasting: cheeses, wines, cold meats, farmed meat, micro-brewery beer, maple products, olives, honey...

  3. NEW location for package pick-up and start area: Pavillon Agri-Sports (400 Boulevard Jutras E, Victoriaville, QC G6P 7H4).

  4. Finish back at the start area, with shuttle service from/to start area (located less than 3 mi. from finish area - bike path available to Mont Arthabaska as well, via Boul. Bois-Francs).

  5. 77 km (47.8 mi.) or 55 km (34.1 mi), 99% on asphalt.

  6. Refreshment Station on course (water, food, toilets). Full refreshment station at Finish.

  7. ‘Free Speed’ pelotons.

  8. Rider Sweep/Support Shuttle and full course security

  9. Accompaning by cyclists certified by the Quebec Cycling Federation.

  10. Towns on route: St-Albert, Ste-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Kingsey Falls, Warwick and Tingwick.

  11. Official souvenir item, plus a coupon for a poutine and a beer included with registration.

  12. UCI license mandatory. One-day licenses are available.

77km course:

55km course:

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NOTE : The participant manual, for all the different courses, will be available by the beginning of August.


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START/ FINISH


START/ FINISH


SAME FINISH AREA:
SUMMIT OF MONT ARTHABASKA

KEY INFORMATION:

  1. Road (Chemin du Mont Arthabaska) closed to all other traffic, with the exception of EMVs.

  2. Mandatory rest area, first aid area and festivities
    in adjacent park

  3. Traffic control is in effect from Rue Laurier
    and from 8th Rang

  4. Pedestrian access for the public on the last kilometres, starting from Rue Laurier.

  5. Shuttle service from/to start area (located less than 3 mi. from finish area).

NEW START AREA:
ADDED SPACE AND SERVICES

KEY INFORMATION:

  1. NEW location for package pick-up and start area: Pavillon Agri-Sports (400 Boulevard Jutras E, Victoriaville, QC G6P 7H4).

  2. Registrations on site as of the Friday night (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), as well as Saturday morning (as of 7 a.m.)

  3. Restrooms and showers available on site

  4. Multiple public parking spaces are in the immediate area


Start area (also finish area for Gourmet Explorer)

Finish area (Panoramic and Classic courses)

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