WELCOME TO THE MOST IMPORTANT AMATEUR CYCLING EVENT EVER ORGANIZED IN CANADA.
THE PROGRAM: ONE DESTINATION, TWICE THE ACTION
Starting in 2020, the Appalachian Classic will be part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series—a 30-event international level series allowing amateur athletes to participate and potentially qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. As such, the Appalachian Classic not only remains as the premier test for international calibre Grand Prix cyclists in Quebec and Montreal, but also now presents a unique opportunity for the cycling community at large. Following a rigorous application process stretching over more than six months, the Classic was selected as both Canada’s and the northeastern United States’ only qualifying event. With the World Championship Finals taking place for the first time in North America, and more precisely, in Whistler, British Columbia, the enthusiasm and excitement of cyclists continent-wide are expected to soar!
In addition to becoming a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event, the organization is also entrusted by Cycling Canada with the hosting of a Canadian Masters Championship race, an event for men and women riders 30 and over from across the nation. On the horizon now are four days of solid competition, representing a Canadian first in terms of both scope and scale:
July 2: UCI World Series – Individual Time Trials | Canadian Masters – Individual Time Trials
July 3: Canadian Masters – Road Race
July 4: UCI World Series – Gran Fondo
July 5: Canadian Masters – Criterium
You’ll find the program and details of the courses on this website in September of 2019, when registration will also open. Organizers will also be announcing details in the media, as well as via the Appalachian Classic’s Facebook page.
ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2019 APPALACHIAN CLASSIC EVENT WILL RECEIVE A 20% DISCOUNT WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE UCI WORLD SERIES 2020 EVENT.
THE APPALACHIAN CLASSIC: SAY THAT AGAIN?
OUR EVENT AND THEME
The Appalachian Classic is a not-for-profit organization which, through its competitive and recreational rides, strives to promote Victoriaville and its region while contributing to the development of cycle sports.
More than just an event with clear growth objectives, the Appalachian Classic is first and foremost a product of its founder’s friendships, and their passion for the beauty of the landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains. It is born of deep values, specifically: respect, integrity and self-transcendence.
Its Board of Directors is composed for the most part of local stakeholders, which in turn facilitates local mobilization and community support for this unique event.
SOME NOTES, STATS AND POINTS OF INTEREST
1067 riders registered for one of our organized events in 2018.
800 litres of beer were brewed exclusively for the 2018 event by craft brewers Isle de Garde.
450 litres of maple syrup were awarded to race and fondo winners in 2018; riders who earned their weight in the precious liquid.
350 volunteers from both near and far supported the event.
97% of participants claimed they would recommend the event within their entourage.
15 municipalities are covered across the breadth of our courses.
5 events were organized by the Appalachian Classic in 2018: Aug.4 - Quebec Championship Criterium and Quebec Championship Fixie; Aug. 5 - Quebec Championship Time Trials; 25 Aug. - Quebec Para-cycling Championship, along with our competitive and recreational Appalachian Classic events.
3 provincial titles have been earned over the four editions to date of the Classic: 2015 Event of the Year (FQSC – Road Cycling); 2017 Event of the Year (FQCS – Cycling For All); and Organization of the Year for the Quebec Championship Criterium (Association des cyclistes Vétérans du Québec).
VICTORIAVILLE AND ITS REGION: MORE GOOGLE MAPS THAN ‘BEEN THERe, DONE THAT’?
A NAME TO REMEMBER, BEAUTY TO DISCOVER, DELIGHTS TO SAVOUR.
Victoriaville ("Victo" for short) and its region are located in the heartland of Quebec which, as its name might suggest, is close to four major provincial cities: Montreal (160 km), Quebec (120 km), Sherbrooke (90 km) and Trois-Rivières (60 km), the first two of which offer international airports. Easily accessed through major provincial highways, it’s also just 1½ hours from the U.S. border and just about 250 km (155 mi.) from the two US international airports of Plattsburgh NY and Burlington VT.
The Victoriaville region may be fairly new at exciting cyclists from near and far with the spectacular beauty riders discover on the Appalachian Classic, but they’ve been exciting the palate with their creativity for a whole lot longer here (hey, this is the region where ‘poutine’ made its debut!). As such, there’s a host of internationally-awarded producers that are constantly contributing to the reputation of the region for food tourism. For 3 years, the Classic organizers and their Gourmet Discovery Gran Fondo has been uniting appetites and caloric burn, allowing cyclists to visit producers and taste their products en route.
Victoriaville also offers many affordable and quality hotels, welcoming dozens of major conventions every year. There are some 300 hotel rooms, 200 chalet rental places and another 31 rooms in B&Bs. There are also more than 1,700 additional hotel rooms in the nearby centres of Drummondville (55 km) and Trois-Rivières (60 km).
TESTED, TRIED AND TRUE.
WITH ESTABLISHED PROS AND YOUNG GUNS ON THE RISE.
Over the years, several World Tour, international and continent-leading riders have participated in the Appalachian Classic’s competitive races, most using the event as a primer for participation in the World Championships. Notable among these:
Mike Woods (EF - Cannondale Drapac), winner pro/elite in 2015-16
Antoine Duchesne (Groupama FDJ), winner pro/elite in 2017
Nikolas Zukowsky (Silber Pro Racing), winner pro/elite in 2018
Simone Boilard (Desjardins Ford) , women’s winner in 2018
Kirsti Lay (Rally Cycling), women’s winner in 2018
Other standout male riders: Hugo Houle (Astana); Matthieu Jeannès (Team Lupus); James Piccoli (KSH Pro Cycling - 10th in GC, Tour of Utah 2017); Bruno Langlois (2016 Canadian Champion); Adam Roberge (Canadian Champion ITT U-23 2017); Timothy Rugg (Bike Aid - stage winner at the Tour of Rwanda); Adam De Vos (Rally Cycling); and Charles Moreau (Paralympic athlete).
Other standout women riders: Sarah Bergen (Rally Cycling); Lex Albrecht (Tibco Silicon Valley Bank); and Joëlle Numainville (Canadian Champion in 2013 and 2015).