7 Cycling Circuits for Seasoned Cyclists

Updated on Apr 11, 2024

Adepts of paved surfaces or fans of gravel roads, we offer you these seven circuits combining both elevation gains and long distances. If you’re looking for a cycling challenge, you’ll probably find it right here!

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La Doyenne des vignes

Looking to combine cycling with gourmet delights? This 76.5 km route will take you on a journey through the heart of the wine region of the Eastern Townships. Along the way, you'll encounter several vineyards – La Bauge, Vignoble de l’Orpailleur, Domaine du Ridge, Val Caudalies, Clos Ste-Croix – as well as the charming villages of Frelighsburg and Dunham. With a slight detour, you can also explore Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, the oldest vineyard in Quebec. A tip: bring along a bag to stock up on some good bottles to enjoy later!

On the way or nearby: Brasserie Dunham, Épicerie-café Dunham, Beat & Betterave café

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La Traverse des Townships

From Sutton to Brome Lake, you’ll essentially be riding on gravel roads by following this 47 km circuit and you’ll see very few cars here! The interest points you’ll find on this route? Stagecoach Road offers grandiose panoramas of Sutton’s mountain massif, the village of Knowlton on the shores of Brome Lake and, of course, the town of Sutton with its two microbreweries, perfect for a well-deserved après-bike moment!

On the way or nearby: Vignoble Domaine Bresee, Auberge Sutton Brouërie, À L’Abordage Microbrewery

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La Grande Boucle de la Vallée

From Coaticook à Martinville, as you pass Dixville, East Hereford and Sainte-Edwidge, this 116 km circuit will have you take on some more isolated roads, at the limit of being ridable at times. You’d better be in great shape before heading out on this loop with its rugged relief, cumulating an elevation gain of 1,415 m! What should you expect? A succession of climbs and descents (of which one with a 11% slope), decors that alternate between farm valleys, Christmas tree plantations and mature forests as well as the pleasant scent of field flowers, conifers and wood throughout the circuit. There’s no doubt that you’ll be pedalling in a very tranquil environment.

On the way or nearby: Laiterie de Coaticook, Microbrasserie de Coaticook, Fromagerie Les Broussailles, Ferme piscicole des Bobines

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From the Lake to Mont Mégantic

Here, the challenge is considerable because the route includes an ascent of Mount Mégantic, one of the most difficult climbs in all of Quebec! For 5.3 km, you’ll be riding up the mountain over an average 9.6% slope, and in some sections, 15%. But before starting this mythical climb, you’ll have enough time to warm up your calves because the route starts out in Piopolis, at about forty kilometres from Mount Mégantic.

On the way or nearby: Auberge Au Soleil Levant, the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

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Mystic Chameleon

If you love riding on country roads, far from any car traffic, this 59 km loop with a positive elevation of 600 m was designed with you in mind! You’ll start out by the Parc de la gorge de Coaticook from where the route leads you through Hatley, Kingscroft and Ways Mills, all charming towns where you’ll feel time has stopped. A few steep climbs await, but the views are well worth your efforts!

On the way or nearby: The Holmes round barn, Laiterie de Coaticook, Fromagerie La Station

Mont-Ham Loop

With Mount Ham as a backdrop, this 53 km circuit invites you to discover the village of Saint-Camille and its surrounding gravel roads. When taking this route, you’ll ride straight for several kilometres on different country roads and you’ll have to deal with some good climbs along the way. You’ll need to have strong calves before you head out! Please note that some sections of the route are also very secluded and require you to be self-sufficient.

On the way or nearby: P’tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille, The Parc Régional du Mont-Ham, Auberge Restaurant La Mara, La Meunerie cultural centre.

©Ian Roberge

From Dock to Dock

Gravel roads with steep climbs and descents cover most of the route. Here you’ll find landscapes featuring Lake Memphremagog, quiet nooks to explore, a covered bridge to admire, and a beach where you can pause ... this 55 km cycling loop with an 845-metre elevation gain starting out from Georgeville is a true must try this summer!

On the way or nearby: the McGowan Inn, The Magasin Général in Georgeville, Weir Memorial Park, the Tomifobia Nature Trail, Les Loges—Ressourcement thermal en forêt nature lodges.

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