Join thousands of cyclists at Montreal's biggest bike festival next month

May 25 2018, 12:40 am

It’s officially biking season in Montreal – the bike path is in full force and Bixi Bikes are flying off the docks. Just in time too because gas prices are getting steep.

There’s no better time to get on a bike in Montreal.

Luckily for bicycle enthusiasts, the Go Bike Montreal Festival is happening on June 1.

The annual festival heralds the arrival of summer with thousands of cyclists ready and happy to invade the streets of Montreal.

The festival is split up into two parts; the Tour de l’Île and Tour la Nuit.

The Tour la Nuit kicks off the event on June 1 where participants of all ages travel a 23 km route from avenue du Parc to Jeanne-Mance park at night from 8:15 to 9:30 pm.

Tour de l’Île takes place on June 3 and will be celebrating its 33rd year of existence. The bike ride has played a contributing role in cycling throughout Quebec and has positioned Montreal favourably on the international cycling scene.

The Tour de l’Île offers a 25, or 50 km course with rest areas along the way for riders to use the washroom, refuel, or relax. There’s also on-course support and mechanical services along the way.

The tour starts at 9:15 am at avenue du Parc and finishes at 11 am at Jeanne-Mance park, similar to the Tour la Nuit’s route.

The Tour de l’Île also offers an express 60 or 100 km tour for more experienced cyclists craving a more challenging ride.

Lunch, a live band, circus performances, and rides will be on site at the event’s finale.

Relief vehicles are present if, for any reason, you are unable to complete any of the circuits.

Prices from the Tour la Nuit range from free (kids 12 and under) to $29 depending on your chosen route.

The Tour de l’Île prices range in accordance to your selected challenge, kids 12 and under ride for free, teenagers ride for $10 and adult prices vary from $36 – $78 depending on the route chosen.

The event happens regardless of weather conditions.

Go Bike Montreal

When: Friday, June 1 and Sunday, June 3

Time: 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm on Friday and 9:15 am to 11 am on Sunday

Where: Avenue du Parc (start) Jeanne-Mance park (finish)

Admission: Tickets vary depending on route, visit the Go Bike Montreal website for specifics

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