5 Fun Cycling Events for All

Updated on May 24, 2022

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 29, 2022

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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, which celebrates its 27th edition this year.

Where? Parc de l'OTJ, Lac-Mégantic

When? June 5, 2022

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 13, 2022

Vélo Mag Eastern Townships Challenge

The Eastern Townships Vélo Mag Challenge is inviting you to take on their untimed road cycling routes ranging from 84 km to 137 km, and gravel circuits varying from 55 km to 92 km, all set in the Coaticook region. From Saint-Herménégilde to Saint-Malo by way of Sainte-Edwidge, you’ll pass through these small towns either very quickly or very slowly, depending on how you pace yourself!

The departure point? Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

When? September 10, 2022

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? The P4 parking area, Bromont montagne d’expériences

When? September 24 and 25, 2022

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