WATCH ABOVE: The weather was certainly cooler than in past years, but that didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm for the nearly 25, 000 cyclists who took part in this year’s Tour de l’Ile.
MONTREAL – It was a cold, damp and grey Sunday morning as more than 25,000 cyclists set off on the 31st annual Tour de l’Ile.
Riders had a choice of five routes, with the most popular event — the 50 km classic – kicking off at 9:15 a.m. at Jeanne Mance Park.
This year’s tour had cyclists discovering the western part of the island as they traveled through 22 boroughs and cities.
Mayor Denis Coderre is taking part in the event and is tweeting from the road. Tweeting and pedaling at the same time is perhaps not a skill that comes easily.
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A huge section of the city is closed for the event, which is slated to end around 4:30 p.m.
But to ease any drivers’ pain — and the huge risk of traffic — there are several volunteers giving out road maps outlining all the closures and detours.
For a complete list of road closures, you can consult the Vélo-Québec website or call 514-521-8356 or 1-800-567-8356, ext. 509.