April 8, 2013 ─ From May 26 to June 2, cycling bells will toll for the MontrÃ©al Bike Fest, the cityâ€™s annual celebration of two-wheel transport. This year, the program is geared towards an inclusive and ever-broadening spectrum of local and visiting riders.
In 2013, everyone can say, “Iâ€™m doing my OWN Tour!” by choosing their own routes and activities. Nocturnal souls will appreciate the Tour la Nuit (May 31), where a parade of bicycle lights glitter through the streets for the occasion. The great cycling classic, the Tour de lâ€™ÃŽle de MontrÃ©al (June 2), offers no fewer than five route options: a new 25-km path designed for kids and the uninitiated; the classic 50-km course; the 50-km Express for seasoned cyclists; the 100-km DÃ©couverte (discovery) circuit that takes cyclists around the island of MontrÃ©al along the shoreline; and the 100-km Express VÃ©lo Mag, a MontrÃ©al first aimed at expert touring cyclists, who will ride under escort in a peloton.
Kids 12 years and under ride for free at the Tour la Nuit and the Tour de lâ€™ÃŽle de MontrÃ©al. This initiative of VÃ©lo QuÃ©bec (Cycling QuÃ©bec) is designed to encourage sports among young people and meet the challenge launched by the QuÃ©bec government to combat sedentary lifestyles. Also, both events have a new finish site located at the Olympic Parkâ€™s Esplanade, a welcoming urban wonderland of creativity, entertainment, and physical activity.
And for some post-pedaling partying, a Happy Hour event, organized by the magazine VÃ©lo Urbain and the folks at MontrÃ©al Cycle Chic, will feature a biking fashion contestâ€”after all, itâ€™s MontrÃ©al.
Finally, throughout the week, youâ€™ll hear a lot about Operation Bike-to-Work, an annual campaign encouraging Montrealers to get around town by bicycle. Why not join in on the fun, and check out the cityâ€™s affordable Bixi bike rental network. Youâ€™ll feel just like a local spreading Bixi dust across the city while contributing to that special joie de vivre that you simply canâ€™t find anywhere else.