June 16, 2024

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More than 40,000 cyclists expected to attend Sunday's Tour de L'Montreal

More than 40,000 cyclists expected to attend Sunday's Tour de L'Montreal

After Tour La Nuit, the 39e The Tour de l'Edition in the metropolis will be held on June 2, where thousands of cyclists will be present.

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This year, the two routes offered to cyclists are in the south of the city, precisely under rue Jean-Talon west of rue Berry. In both cases, athletes begin the tour at Jean-Mans Park and head towards the river before turning back east near Lachine Canal, finally retracing their steps.

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“It's great, we discovered Montreal on two wheels,” explains Philippe Sabourin, spokesperson for the city of Montreal, in an interview with LCN. This allows attendees to avoid making the same trip each year.

Leaving Jean-Mans Park also allows us to receive “everyone at the same time,” he declared. Along with 40,000 cyclists, the city is gearing up to welcome more people who will come to encourage participants.

Some symbolic places have been along the route for years. “To the cyclists' great dismay, Rue Berry was left with a hill that was hard on the calves,” the spokesman said with a laugh. This choice is also strategic as the Berry Street Viaduct allows motorists to travel without issue.

Travel near the circuit is not recommended

Motorists should avoid the areas selected for the route. Apart from the Victoria Bridge, none of the other bridges and tunnels will be affected by the incident, according to Mr Sabourin.

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Those living on the circuit route will have to park their cars elsewhere till Sunday midnight, under penalty, he warned.

The latter recommends that cyclists and drivers go to the Velo Quebec website and click on the “infocirculation” page to plan their trips.

The tour of the Island of Montreal begins Sunday morning and ends at 4 p.m. Some arterials will be closed to traffic from 8:30 am until the end of the event.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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