A group of cyclists ride westbound on de Maisonneuve in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in the Tour de l’Île on Sunday June 3, 2012. This year’s Tour de l’Île marks the 30th edition of the event.
MONTREAL – Sunday marks the 30th edition of Tour de l’Île, which actually is, for the first time, a full tour of the whole island, all 130 kilometres of it.
Not that everyone will be doing that distance as there are a number of shorter options, such as 25 km, 50 km and an elite 100 km for those who can maintain a speed of 30 kilometres per hour.
The Tour de l’Île attracts all types of cyclists, from the spandex-clad to the casual weekend riders.
This is the marquee event for Vélo Québec, capping off a week of cycling events under the banner of Go Bike MTL Festival.
Friday will be the Tour la Nuit, a lit nighttime bike ride of 20 kilometres through the Sud-Ouest, Ville-Marie and Plateau–Mont-Royal boroughs.
Both rides start at Lafontaine Park and end at Jeanne Mance Park.
The events would not be possible without the volunteers and police who will man the corners of streets blocked off for the 25, 50 and 100 km routes.
There will be street closures and parking restrictions in Plateau–Mont-Royal, Outremont, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Villeray–St-Michel–Parc-Extension, Town of Mount Royal, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, St-Laurent, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Montreal North, St-Léonard, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, and Ville-Marie boroughs.
Signs will be posted; see the link below for specifics of those closures and the hours.
The 130 km route will be on streets not closed to traffic such as Notre-Dame, Gouin Blvd., Lakeshore Rd., LaSalle Blvd. and Wellington.
> Here are some numbers for the Tour de l’Île:
Participants: around 25,000
Police officers and cadets: 360
Cost to produce: $3 million
> More info: