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25th Montreal Bike Festival 2009

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Montreal Bike Festival 2009
Montreal Bike Festival 2009

Tour la Nuit – June 5

Tour de L’ile de Montreal – June 7

It is time to start planning for the 2009 Montreal Bike Festival. The is a first class event and one of the biggest rides in the world. If you haven’t been to one go; if you have you know how much fun they are.

2009 Route

2009 Route

Go and be amazed at how well this event is organized. The tight organization keeps it fun. It is an incredible experience to be riding the streets of Montreal, traffic free, with over 30, 000 other riders. The amazing thing is that it doesn’t feel that crowded and you don’t feel oppressed by the crowd. It is just fun.

Tour de L'Ile de Montreal

The Montreal Bike Festival is a week long event high lighted by the last day’s mass ride, Tour de L’ile de Montreal,  La Féria du vélo de Montréal – Le Tour de l’Île de Montréal. Use this link to get information on tickets and places to stay.

I have stayed in the city and across the river; staying in the city is much more convenient  and more fun. If you need an inexpensive place to stay try one of the hostels or get a room at one of the universities (nearby Hotels on Expedia).

The Ride begins and ends at Jeanne-Mance Park. The Circue de Soleil will be performing in the park, that should make the 25th Anniversary  Ride a very special event.

Montreal may be the most bicycle friendly city in North America so you won’t need a car once you get there.  Just watch out for the bicycle only traffic lights in the bike lanes, you probably haven’t seen those before.

Go and Ride, you’ll never forget the experience!!

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Written by Roland

April 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

Posted in Rides, Travel

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  1. we are thinking about going from new york..where can we rent the bikes?

    mt1004

    April 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    • I suggest calling the folks taking reservations for the Bike Festival. They will know where the best deals are for the kind of bike you want.

      Roland

      May 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

  2. How early is it recommended that you show up for the start of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal? And for the Tour la Nuit? We did the 5 Borough ride in NYC and were curious if it would be similar in terms of timing your arrival. Thanks!

    Dadoo

    May 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    • Start is pretty laid back and flexible if you get there by 10AM no problem, I expect.

      I like to watch the entertainers and be near the start of the ride so I arrive around 8 AM. You can get in line and have your partner run down to the corner to get coffee.

      Roland

      May 23, 2009 at 8:18 am


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