Montreal’s Bike Festival (Féria du vélo de Montréal) is a bicycle festival that features several cycling activities. During this one-week festival, the entire island of Montreal becomes a playground to participate, experience and interact with Montreal’s world-renowned cycling culture. Participants of the Montreal Bike Festival come from all over North America and all over the world. These participants take part in activities such as The Metropolitan Challenge, Un Tour la Nuit and The Metropolitan Challenge.
Activities of the Montreal Bike Festival
Montreal has always had a reputation as being North America’s friendliest city to bicycles. So it’s no wonder why the Montreal Bike Festival is the largest Bike Festival in North America. The Montreal bike festival features various events. From the Tour de l’Île de Montréal to Un Tour la Nuit, to the Metropolitan Challenge, each event is an opportunity to experience one of Montreal’s most popular urban events. Even the popular Operation Bike-to-Work Week encourages commuters to use their bicycles during their daily commute.
The Metropolitan Challenge
The Metropolitan Challenge is the first cycling event of the Montreal Bike Fest. The Metropolitan Challenge brings more than 3,000 cycling enthusiasts to compete in 75, 100, 125 or 150 km of very gentle routes.
Un Tour la Nuit
With over 15,000 participants, un Tour La Nuit is a popular 22-kilometer route around the city of Montreal that takes place at night. Many paths along the route have been lit up for the event, making it very safe and fun. Along the route, you will see fire-breathers, acrobats and musicians joining the festivities.
The Tour de l’Île de Montréal
The most popular event of the Montreal Bike Festival, the annual Tour de l’ Île de Montréal attracts more than 30,000 enthusiasts. This island tour is the largest gathering of cyclists in North America and features more than 30,000 cyclists and a 50 kilometer (31 miles) circuit. The route of the Tour de l’ Île de Montréal is closed to motorized traffic.