May 21, 2019 12:31 pm

Quebec, a leading world destination for cyclists

Chantal Doiron, right, leads a bike tour past Notre Dame Basilica Friday, May 17, 2013 in Montreal.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

The Montreal Bike Festival at the end of this month marks an unofficial start to the bicycling season in Quebec, a leading world destination for cyclists.

Why so popular? It’s because of Route Verte, a sprawling network of trails and bike friendly-byways that offers more than 5,300 kilometres of cycling in verdant lands.

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And the network, nearly a quarter century old, is about to get another growth spurt.

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Quebec is adding some 900 kilometres to Route Verte.

In Montreal, a festive night ride on May 31 typically draws 10,000 cyclists.

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On Sunday, June 2, the Vélo Quebec organization puts on its iconic tour of the city-island, with 25,000 taking part in the family-friendly tour and thousands more cheering them on.

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