Montreal Weekend Trip 2020
Regretfully, we are cancelling this trip.
It does not look like it will be safe to drive down and back in large numbers. If it becomes safe to go in smaller groups, anyone interested can reach out to me (Allan Friedman) and I will be happy to put together smaller private group rides separate from the club. The club is on hiatus and large group rides are not part of our plan as long as we are on hiatus. Hopefully the ride can go again in 2021. Treasurer will process refunds.
MONTREAL Tour De L’Ile (Tour of the Island)
June 5th through June 7th, 2020 (Friday morning to Sunday evening - this is TWO weekends AFTER Memorial Day Weekend
Survey Feedback Rated This Trip VERY HIGHLY 5 Years In A ROW!! Join us for our 5th Year (Notre Sixieme)
Early Bird Price will be $469 (Save $30 Signing up on our web site here! by March 27th. Beware the Ides of March - don't miss this date or you'll pay regular price)
COVID-19 Update on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) - as of now, we are still planning to hold this trip as long as cycling remains a healthy risk-free activity. We are monitoring government policy and should cycling no longer be healthy - we will take the apporpriate decision. We have decided to leave Early Bird pricing for those who want to plan something for after the crisis abates which we hope will be soon and we will monitor day by day
Regular Price: $499
Signing up for yourself and looking to share a room (don't worry - we will pair you up)? (Couples buy two of these and let us know, you'll be assigned a King room).
Bringing a non-cycling companion? Reach out to leaer for special arrangements.
Transportation: If we get enough riders, We will go by Motorcoach. Otherise, by 15 passenger van and truck. Each of the past 5 years, we went by motorcoach.
Either way: WE WILL TRANSPORT YOUR BIKES FOR YOU!
Lodging: Double occupancy in hotel rooms within 5 miles from ride start (allows exploring more of the city by bike).
Meals: Sandwich/lunch included in longer Sunday Tour; you are responsible for your own food otherwise - if we sell out, we will cover some local food experiences
Mileage: Mostly flat, some hills, 14-24 miles Friday night, 20-30 miles Saturday, 4 options 15, 25 , 45 or 63 miles on Sunday (variance depends on options you take and whether you subway to and from hotel - leaders will be riding)
Leaders: Allan Friedman, Sarit Levy and another leader TBD
A cycling weekend in Montreal for less than the cost of an air ticket - $469!
That’s right, a 3 day, 2 night, fun filled trip to Montreal for just $469.
Friday morning we meet in the Bronx to meet our Bus (location chosen to expedite departure and avoid traffic - there may be a Brooklyn option at the bus parking lot).
We hit the road by 9am SHARP to arrive in Montreal by 5pm. Appropriate travel documentation will be required (US/Canadian Passport or Enhanced Drivers license required - See bottom for useful links here). If you are not sure what to do, please contact Allan Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are responsible to have proper documentation before boarding the bus.
Further details of the individual rides will be posted as available, here’s what’s available now:
Included in price:
- Transportation from Brooklyn or Bronx to Montreal and back with drops in Manhattan and Brooklyn on the return (improvement based on earlier trip feedback)
- 2 nights hotel accommodation (double occupancy)
- Registration for Tour La Nuit (Friday Night Ride)
- Registration for Tour de L'ile (Sunday Day Ride) which includes food at rest stop (Sandwich) if you take one of the longer rides
- Additional Ride Saturday: "Allan's Unique Hometown Tour De Montreal" (optional, with optional longer spur to do on your own) - or free time to tour the city
Not included in price:
- Montreal Subway rides if you choose to commute to ride start rather than ride (hotel is 5 miles from start)
- Admission to any stops on the Saturday trip (e.g.. we may pass the Botanical Gardens, or a museum etc).
Friday night, we join the Tour La Nuit (13 mile ride) at 8:15pm and ride through one of the up and coming parts of Montreal where trendy restaurants abound.
Before and/or after the ride, we’ll find places to eat before heading back to our hotel. Bring lights for night riding!
Saturday, Allan, originally from Montreal, will lead a custom 20-30 mile tour of the Island showing the high points that will not be covered as part of the Tour de l’ile on Sunday which covers half the city's circumference (There is a unique new surprise feature this year they tell us! There will be options to return to the hotel early by subway for those who want to rest up for the longer ride options the next day)
Sunday, we rise early (ride starts between 7am-9am) and get to our unique starting point ahead of the crowd coordinated with ride organizers. Like the 5 Borough Bike Tour, this ride has various levels to encourage new cyclists to come out and ride! The morning 60 mile route allows cyclists to bike around the island and discover the Montréal shoreline with the possibility of shortening the route to 39 miles. The first 45 miles of the ride take place on a marked route open to motorists and the last 15 miles on the regular car-free route of the shorter Tour de l’Île. On the morning of the ride, if you feel like doing the shorter loops of 30 or 18 miles, you will have that option and we will re-connect at the party at the common end point. The Bus will leave from the hotel by 4pm to allow us to get back to Manhattan before midnight (Best efforts. Traffic might make this later).
For more information, please e-mail email@example.com and include a phone number and best times to reach you if you would like a call back.
Useful Links about documentation required for travelling to Canada:
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Running weekend trips is challenging in an all-volunteer non-profit. In order to assure the financial viability of a trip - the club has a firm NO REFUND policy for any reason. At the same time, if there is a wait list - we will refund where possible to sell the spot to someone waiting for one to come available due to unforeseen circumstances.