Hey all. So as made very clear to me by the late great @Philippe_Tremblay, Montreal is lacking in routine weeknight fast group rides during the summer compared to Toronto which has among others the Donut and the Hammer rides. I’ve been thinking about this for a couple years and I think the time has come.
The format I’d suggest is generally starting at either 6:00 or 6:30pm (to allow for work) and aiming for 50-90km depending on daylight, on a consistent day of the week (I’d suggest Thursday since Lachines are on Tuesday and Laval masters crits are on Wednesday, and as far as I know doesn’t conflict with the Club rides). Rolling speed at… well, real fast. Full gas.
Choosing a route is the hard part here. The best route would be something with few stops and preferably clear roads. I’d suggest something on the south shore as it’s generally easy to get off the island via the seaway- maybe variations on St-Remi would work. It’s about 75km from hairpin to hairpin via St-Remi, depending. That would allow us to end the ride at the St-Ambroise terrasse (or other brewery, TBD but some sort of post-ride social thing is highly recommended).
Finally, we need a catchy name.
I’m posting this here to gauge interest as I’d intend this to be more of a community ride with people from other teams rather than something organized by/for only McGill Cycling, but I’m hoping to get a core group that shows up most weeks, so please vote or comment on your interest or any suggestions! I’d like to start this week if possible.
- This sounds awesome
- I don’t like going fast