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    The Petite Aventure Desjardins The Grand Tour Desjardins

    Québec Permit Holder

  • Photos: Didier Bertrand Print Date: March 2012


    4 From day to day

    6 At the Village

    8 On the road


    11 Tent rental service

    12 Grand Tour Desjardins Under the Covers package


    14 Packing and checklist

    18 Biking in the rain

    19 Sleeping in the tent

    20 Family bike touring

    TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT Two weeks prior to the event in which you are registered, we will mail you a participant’s booklet containing the following infor- mation:

    • Location of the start site (directions and map); • Registration procedure; • Services offered at the Village; • Daily route maps.

    FIRST DAY OF THE EVENT, DURING REGISTRATION Upon presentation of a piece of identification and your Vélo Québec Voyages invoice, we will provide you with the following:

    • Numbered bracelets for you and your baggage;

    • Your tent number and related baggage tags, if you rented a tent;

    • List of your hotels, if you chose the Under the Stars package in the Grand Tour Desjardins;

    • Your passenger and bicycle boarding passes, if you reserved an optional shuttle on the Grand Tour Desjardins.


    MAISON DES CYCLISTES 1251 Rachel Street East, Montreal (Quebec) H2J 2J9 Phone: 514-521-8356 • 1-800-567-8356, ext. 506 Fax: 514-521-5711 Email: [email protected]

    Dear Traveller,

    The Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins are the ideal combination of biking, encounters, discoveries, parties and camping. At the end of each cycling day, you arrive at a village set up for the event, offering numerous activities and a fes- tive atmosphere.

    Since your departure is approaching, we invite you to peruse this guide. The information it contains will help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest. It covers the daily schedule and complementary services such as tent rental, as well as providing a packing checklist and tips for sleeping in a tent and biking in the rain or as a family.

    Happy reading and have a good trip!

    Vélo Québec Voyages Team



    TYPICAL DAY On the Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins, you are on vacation and can make the most of your day. The supervision team is on the road as of 6:30 a.m. and you can start out at the time and pace that suit you best. However, if you decide not to follow the standard schedule, we cannot guarantee you assistance in the event of a mechanical problem.

    Meals are planned based on the number of participants registered and meal times are long enough to accommodate everyone. Even if you arrive at the lunch rest stop at 1:30 p.m. or want to have dinner at 8 p.m., there will still be plenty of good food to go around.

    Daily schedule

    6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Start (Grand Tour Desjardins) 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Start (Petite Aventure Desjardins) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch at rest stop 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arrival at stopover town (until 7 p.m.

    on the Grand Tour Desjardins) 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner in Village 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bistro, activities and entertainment

    in Village

    BAGGAGE TRANSPORTATION We transport your baggage from one stopover town to the next. You can collect your belongings upon your arrival at the next Village, every day starting at 1 p.m.

    As of 6 a.m. on the mornings we change Village, after disman- tling your tent and packing up, you must put your baggage in one of the numbered trucks.

    VALET SERVICE To transport your baggage from the parking areas to the start/finish site or from the camp sites to the baggage trucks, local sports teams or organizations offer you a valet service for a fee of $2 per bag. This money helps them fund their activities.

    MEALS Most of the meals are included in the Under the Stars packages of our travel events. Please refer to the package purchased for details in this regard.

    While the midday meal (lunch-style) is served at the rest stop, you always have breakfast and dinner at the Village.


    514-521-8356 1-800-567-8356, EXT. 506

  • LUNCH REST STOP Lunch is served only at the rest stop, the location of which is clearly marked on the route maps. This rest stop is open every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the last cyclists arrive). It should be noted that cyclists who pass the lunch rest stop before it opens will, under no circumstances, be provided with lunch upon arriving at the Village.

    At the rest stop, you have access to toilets, first-aid services, water and mechanical assistance. Access to the lunch rest stop and related services is reserved exclusively for registered participants.

    BICYCLE REPAIRS Better safe than sorry! We therefore suggest that you have your bicycle completely tuned up before departure. A well-tuned bicycle is the key to a successful cycling trip. On the road, we will make minor bicycle repairs free of charge (e.g.: punctures, various adjustments.). While the labour is free, the parts are not. The list of free repairs is available at the mechanics booth. For major repairs, you have to pay for both parts and labour.

    MASSAGE THERAPY After a good day of cycling, think about relaxing by reserving a 30- to 55-minute massage session. You must make your appointment at the start site or directly at the massage therapy room in each Village. Charges apply.

    SAFETY OF BICYCLES AND BELONGINGS Although the Village site will be under surveillance all night long, we strongly recommend that you keep your bicycle locked up at all times. Lock two or three bicycles together near your tent or to a fence, if available nearby. To ensure peace and quiet, the use of bicycle alarms in the Village is prohibited. Bear in mind that you are responsible for your belongings throughout the event.

    VISITORS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Whether travelling by car or bicycle, visitors cannot follow you on the route or meet you at the lunch rest stop. Nevertheless, you can invite them to the Village for a few hours, where they may accompany you to the Bistro only. However, we cannot allow them to camp on site or provide them with meals, since these services are reserved exclusively for registered participants.

    Important: Recreational vehicles are not permitted on the Village sites, including the parking areas.




    The Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins are veritable villages on wheels that are set up and dismantled each day (except when we stay in the same place for two nights). The Village is your camping site, your departure point and your arrival point. At the Village, you have access to a variety of services: bike repair, first aid and massage therapy (for an extra fee), as well as a valet service for transporting your baggage.

    The different activities offered at the Village include movies, yoga sessions, bicycle tourism workshops and booths offering event souvenirs, local specialties or snacks. Each day, you can also enjoy artistic performances presented on the Desjardins stage at the Bistro and a host of other activities. The Petite Aventure Desjardins features a wide range of entertainment and activities for children of all ages.

    To find out more about the program, consult your participant’s booklet or Le déchaîné (see section below).

    INFORMATION BOOTH AND TOURISM BOOTH For details about the daily schedules, the activities offered at the Village and the services at your disposal, visit the informa- tion booth set up in each Village.

    At the tourism booth, you can get information about the stopover town and its attractions (beaches, parks, restaurants, museums, historical sites, outdoor activities, etc.). Be sure to drop by to find out about all the surprises and special treats that await you and register for the activities offered.

    MECHANICS BOOTH During the events, we work with a team of seasoned mechanics. Each day in the Village, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., they are available for minor repairs (free of charge, except for parts) or major repairs (charges for labour and parts). It should also be pointed out that bike tires can be filled at the mechanics booth.



    514-521-8356 1-800-567-8356, EXT. 506


    LE DÉCHAÎNÉ Le déchaîné is the official travel event newsletter. On the Petite Aventure Desjardins, one edition is distributed to participants during registration.

    On the Grand Tour Desjardins, Le déchaîné is available every morning at breakfast. It contains the latest route information (changes or interesting attractions), the evening activities and menu at the Village, anecdotes, messages, meeting announcements and, above all, lots of laughs! A must-read that your loved ones can enjoy every morning at veloque-

    BISTRO AND WINE BAR As of 1 p.m., the Bistro is the place where travellers get together. There, they discuss the day’s adventures, while relaxing with a drink. The Desjardins stage also gets lively in the evening, with music provided by bands or DJs. In the dining room, you can enjoy the impressive selection of products available at the wine bar each day – a great opportunity to stimulate your senses and make new discoveries.


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