UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Mont-Sainte-Anne for 2017

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Mont-Sainte-Anne for 2017

Vélirium presented by Vidéotron August 4–6, 2017.

Beaupré, Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Get ready for even more thrills and adrenaline rushes at this year’s 15th annual Vélirium presented by Vidéotron, featuring the 27th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup August 4–6 at Mont-Sainte-Anne. Over the long weekend of the festival, spectators are expected to turn out in their thousands to see the world’s elite cross-country and downhill mountain bike athletes strut their stuff.

What’s new for this year
As if the World Cup events taking place over the weekend weren’t already enough, Vélirium always boasts plenty of amateur competitions and events to keep the crowd entertained, and this year is no exception! To shift things up a gear or two for the 15th edition of the event this year, the Vélo Mag Raid presented by Camelbak features a completely redesigned 100 km course instead of the usual 80 km route, enabling mountain bike enthusiasts to weave their way through some exclusive terrain at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Those who aren’t quite so daring can enter the usual 30 km or 60 km races or try their hand at a new 15 km “fun run” designed to encourage recreational riders to enter their first official event without all the pedal pressure.

Starting April 3, participants can register and choose their start time for the Vélo Mag Raid online at www.velirium.com. Meanwhile, the longstanding Véli-Kidz course presented by Normandin is back on the calendar again, giving the young stars of tomorrow their chance to wow the crowd.

As usual, some of the biggest names in mountain biking today will be setting up booths in the expo village at the foot of the mountain to whet visitors’ appetites for the latest gear. And let’s not forget the legendary parties in the Bud Light Lounge every night of the weekend.

Watch this space for details about the shows to look forward to soon.

What’s on the sporting calendar

Saturday, August 5
UCI Downhill World Cup presented by Vidéotron
Vélo Mag Raid presented by Camelbak
Duel de la Côte race

Full event program available online soon at www.velirium.com

About Vélirium
Québec Summer Events Corporation has mandated GESTEV as official event producer for the UCI World Cup stage at Mont-Sainte-Anne since 1991. Vélirium is an international mountain bike festival that has provided the forum for the UCI World Cup—as well as a multitude of amateur races and sporting and cultural events for the whole family—since 2003. Vélirium has earned BNQ Level 2 sustainability certification for responsible event management.

About Vidéotron
Vidéotron is a Canadian telecommunications and entertainment pace-setter that has made its mark by putting customers and employees first. This dynamic company delivers state-of-the-art technology to provide its customers with the best possible experience and top-notch entertainment. Vidéotron stands out thanks to its customer service, its people’s culture of excellence and the quality of its products and services. It is in this spirit that Vidéotron is pleased to join forces with Vélirium to present a unique landmark event for mountain bike enthusiasts on the trails at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

About Gestev
Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specialized in sports and cultural events. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre competitions, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Transat Québec Saint-Malo, Ski Tour Canada and Vélirium are just a few Gestev events. Gestev also manages Baie de Beauport and is a certified responsible event manager (BNQ 9700-253).

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