The Gran Fondo courses of the Appalachian Classic, two of which are run 99% on paved surfaces, 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 carnivorous creations of the Ours Noir pub, the music of Vocelle and the Crashroad, plus hundreds of cheering spectators and it’s the perfect end-of-season party!
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 four ‘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. The course itself is 80 km in total and 99% on asphalt, with a total ascent profile of a mere 650 metres… just enough to burn off some of those extra calories!
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!
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.
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!
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