Posted by Editoress on 05/31/17
With close to 1,750 riders at the starting line this past Saturday - bringing the total to over 7,000 participants since its inception in 2013 - the 2017 edition of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant was a huge success in all respects. The annual rendezvous for riders, which marks the start of the cycling season, attracts thousands of enthusiasts each year to the magnificent Mont-Tremblant region, now firmly established as a must-do destination for cyclists.
The fifth edition of the event was flawless, both on the roads and behind the scenes. The mood was upbeat and everyone was all smiles, from the volunteers to the road marshals, all of whom are keen on cycling and spared no effort in making this a century ride that ranks with the best.
At the finish line, the verdict was unanimous. Here's what some of the participants had to say:
Marc-André Daigle, Louis Garneau representative and GFMT marshal, commented "For the past four years, people have recognized that a Gran Fondo is not a race, but rather a personal challenge; this really changes the atmosphere, which is now very much geared to pleasure. But for riders like me, the Montées challenges in the 80 km, 125 km and 160 km routes give me the test I want; we thrive on those."
Francois Parisien, former pro cyclist attending his second GFMT, said "This event is really well structured, supervised, and safe. Regardless of how many kilometres we cover every year, it's always fantastic to have the road to ourselves and not have to worry about cars. The marshals are extremely competent. That makes a big difference in the fluidity of pelotons."
Under the direction of our partner, MS1 Timing, all individual results and rankings for the timed sections of the routes were announced live during the events.
The primary objective of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant is to give cyclists an opportunity to push themselves and tackle a personal challenge. However, the event also features a friendly competitive component that rewards the riders of elite pelotons for outstanding performances on the more difficult sections of the routes. Those individuals earn the GFMT polka-dot jersey. Congratulations to the winners:
• 160 km Super Fondo: Jessica Belisle and Pierre-André Boulay
• 125 km Gran Fondo: Marise Fortier and Maxime Daigle
• 80 km Medio Fondo: Marie-Pier Lavallée and Jean-Sébastien Giard
All individual results are posted on the website
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