Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2010

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2010

Friday 10th September 2010…

22 teams. 173 riders. 189km circuit. 15 laps of Downtown Quebec. 

Today saw the first ever race in North America of the UCI Pro Tour. Quite a coup for Quebec City.
Most races are staged in Europe and there’s one down under as well.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to witness professional cyclists whizzing-by at top speed.

In the fall of 2009, the Quebec City circuit was ranked, by the International Cycling Union,  as ‘demanding’ and ‘exceptional’.
Personally, after having spent many an afternoon walking around Old Quebec, I’d call it bloody hilly!!!

Quebec City will be staing this event annually for the next five years. That’s great news for elite cycling fans in the region.

This event was free (yet another event in this great city at absolutely no cost whatsoever) and was accessible to all.

The 12.6km course took in Boulevard Champlain, Côte Gilmour (ouch) Saint-Louis, Saint-Vallier Est and Grande-Alléé Ouest.
15 times on Côte Gilmour (ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch).

You can see the course map here.

Article: Andrew Greenfield
Photos: Andrew Greenfield

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