#FromWhereWeRide Vol.2: Montreal, Quebec
An island surrounded by the St Laurence River. It has snowy winters and warm summers. When the snow melts, there is a vibrant bike scene as the city has many built in bike paths and lanes to get around.
This is our guide to a cyclists life in Montreal, as recommended by Pro KATUSHA ambassador, James Picolli of Israel Start-Up Nation.
The Atwater Market is a common meeting point for cyclists because it borders the "Lachine Canal" bike path that brings you west towards the West Island all along the waterfront or East towards the beautiful Old Montreal. Old Montreal is the heart of the city for tourists as it has old architecture and cobble stone roads that make it a quaint spot with many restaurants and bars.
You can even grab the bike path South facing that takes you to Nuns Island and the Estacade (a secret Gem), which is an island that only has a bike path! Take another bridge and ride on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the racing track used in the Canadian Formula One race!
In the heart of the city, you can find « Le Mont Royal » which is a Park that has running paths, gravel/mountain bike paths, look outs of the city view and Beaver Lake. Surrounding the lake is another popular picnic/outdoor bbq spot to gather with friends. Also on Mount Royal is the famous Camillien-Houde climb, made popular by the GP Montreal WorldTour race. During the winter, Mont Royal is also a fabulous place to go fat biking, cross country skiing and skating on the lake.
There are lots of great places to visit/eat/play while you're in Montreal, whether you're a cyclist or not. Being the multicultural city that it is there is great tasting authentic cuisine from lots of different influences around the world. Some of my favourite spots, in no particular order, are:
Le Club Espresso Bar. Montreal's first bike-themed cafe; stop here for many delicious coffee options, pro-signed jerseys on the walls, little bites to eat and even a boutique shop in the back. If you're lucky, they might be selling KATUSHA hats!
Stop after your ride on the Lachine Canal for some authentic Mexican food at Tacos Frida. Vegetarian? Head into Pushap for some cheap (and delicious) Indian curries and sweets. Looking for some finer dining? Head to Tuck Shop on Notre Dame Avenue for a seasonal menu and some spectacular local favorites.
In the summers there are tons of events and festivals going on in Montreal; like the Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs comedy festival, and Osheaga concert series. There's always an event to attend! If you're in town in mid-September, make sure to leave some time to watch the GP Montreal WorldTour race, and make sure to cheer on team Israel Start Up Nation!
Camillien Houde Climb:
James currently holds the KOM for the Camillien Houde Climb, with a time of 3 minutes 28 seconds, 568 watts. Have you got the legs to steal his crown?
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:
James currently holds the KOM for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with a time of 4 minutes 45 seconds, 435 watts. Have you got the legs to steal his crown?
Montreal ProTour Loop:
James currently holds the KOM for the Montreal ProTour Loop, with a time of 13 minutes 22 seconds, 273 watts. Have you got the legs to steal his crown?
Did we miss something? If you have some extra suggestions about the local riding scene in Montreal, we'd love to hear them. Please let us know via the comments box below. Otherwise, we hope to see you out there!