5 Fun Cycling Events for All

Updated on May 3, 2023

While your calves might not be up to an elite-level challenge like the Grand tour du Lac-Mégantic or Sherbrooke’s Coupe du Québec, it doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t enjoy some healthy competition on two wheels. Solution? These five races, which all feature a family-friendly component.

Grand Défi de Granby

Calling all cyclists, young and old: Grab your bike and get moving at the Grand Défi de Granby, an event that channels the spirit of the illustrious Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. With the option to pedal 2.5, 15 or 45 kms, it truly is accessible to all cyclists. The only condition? Have fun along the way!

Where? Parc Daniel-Johnson, Granby

When? May 28th, 2023 starting at 9:30 A.M

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Grand tour du Lac-Mégantic

Think the Grand tour du Lac-Mégantic is solely for the pros? Think again! A 33 km route is easily accessible to all fitness levels, even those of us without rock-hard calves. Kids will get a kick from the race, too—not to mention the festive ambiance that reigns supreme the event!

Where? Parc de l'OTJ, Lac-Mégantic

When? June 10, 2023

Gravel Bikepacking Challenge 500

If you have a few days off coming up, join the Gravel Bikepacking Challenge (GBC), a cycling event inviting adventure lovers to explore the Townships’ most beautiful country roads. Alone or with a partner, in total autonomy, within a timeframe of 5 days, you’ll need to complete one of the two possible routes: the 250 km or the 500 km. In both cases, the landscapes are magnificent, the villages have plenty of charm, and you’ll discover loads of gourmet stops on the way!

The departure point? Boutique Vélo Café Endurance Aventure, in Magog

When? August 5, 2023

Vélo Mag Eastern Townships Challenge

The Eastern Townships Vélo Mag Challenge is inviting you to take on their untimed road cycling routes ranging from 70 km to 121 km, and gravel circuits varying from 26  km to 75 km, all set in the Coaticook region. From Sutton to Knowlton by way of Brome, you’ll pass through these small towns either very quickly or very slowly, depending on how you pace yourself!

The departure point? Sutton (more details to come)

When? September  9, 2023

The 100 à B7

In Bromont and the surrounding region, you’re invited to head out and discover Lyne Bessette’s training routes. Between the paved and gravel roadways, you’ll be able to push back your limits as much as you wish on this 110 km circuit. You can also take your time as you admire the amazing landscapes on the 70 km circuit. Good to know: a 30 km family itinerary has been added to the route options this year.

The departure point? Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont

When? September 23 and 24, 2023

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