5 Fun Cycling Events for All

Yvan Plamondon

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? Downtown Granby

When? May 26 2019

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? Lac-Mégantic

When? June 2 2019

Défi Félix Deslauriers-Hallée

Félix Deslauriers-Hallée was a young football superstar who succumbed to cancer in 2011. Known for this unbridled enthusiasm, he was a pillar in the community, which is why this fundraising event was created in his honour. Participate in one of five disciplines, including four bike routes (25, 50, 80 or 110 kms), to raise money for a Fondation québécoise du cancer fund that focuses on specific issues faced by patients aged 15-39.

Where? Parc Jacques-Cartier, Sherbrooke

When? July 2019

FestivAllezy – Jean D’Avignon

No, it’s not all about road biking events. This three-day festival is 100% devoted to all-things-mountain-biking with an array of fun activities, including the mini avalanche and descents down Mont Hereford, group rides ranging from the introductory to the epic, as well as endurance events for the most advanced and thrill-seeking mountain bikers among us. The ambiance is lively and fun and—bonus!—the setting is truly picturesque.

Where? Mont Hereford (East Hereford)

When? July 12, 13 and 14 2019

La Conquête d’automne

The Conquête d’automne is equal parts sporting activity and tourist attraction—and you’re sure to be smitten. Many challenges await but cycling enthusiasts will especially appreciate the 14 km family-friendly loop (with special surprises for little ones) or the more challenging 53 km option. Want to try something unique? Grab a partner and register for the Bike & Run, a 10 km challenge where one teammate runs while the other pedals. Switching spots is allowed as long as you arrive at the finish line at the same time. And while you’re there, don’t forget to set aside a little time to visit the historic mine.

Where? Capelton Mines (Hatley)

When? October 2019

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