Group Training Opportunities 

The ACV 401 Bike Challenge team has put together two different group training opportunities. New this year for Montreal-based riders is a series of indoor cycle training sessions at Montreal’s elite training centre, Premiere Performance/P2. Then, when the warmth of summer arrives we will go outdoors for three group training rides in both Montreal and Toronto. These will be terrific opportunities for new and veteran riders to meet, share training tips and experiences, and start building the bonds that are such a special part of the 401 Bike Challenge experience. 

Outdoor group training rides (Montreal) 

Three rides will be scheduled for June and July. Here are the tentative dates and routes: 

June 8 - 9 am: Champlain Islands, Vermont (98 kms) Start/Finish – Alburgh, Vermont 

It is a terrific ride with great scenery, good, quite roads and one of our favorite pit stops: the Hero's Welcome sandwich shop in North Hero. It is also a reasonable distance for this early in the season, at 98 kms. Our meeting place is at the Alburgh School, 14 North Main Street in Alburgh, Vermont: about a 1 to 1:15 hour drive from Montreal, depending on your starting point. This is a no drop ride, no support vehicles so plan accordingly.
Stuff to bring:
* Passport
* some USD for a great sandwich in North Hero :)
* repair kit in case of flat * your favorite on-ride hydration (two bottles) and nutrition The route we will take is: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18446991
Start time 09:00

June 30 – 10 am: PowerWatts session, local outdoor ride and lunch at Terrasse St. Ambroise 

Our final P2/PowerWatts session is coming up on June 30th. It has been a great ride for many of us, experiencing the incredible PowerWatts system, and benefiting from the great coaching of P2/PowerWatts coach, James Jacek-Côté.

Our final session will be a special one: the regular one-hour PowerWatts session will proceed at 10 am, following that, for those who are interested (and weather permitting), we will go out for a cool-down after-ride on our own bikes (about 1 to 1.5 hour), followed by lunch at the Terrasse St-Ambroise, which is pretty much right next door. The Lachine Canal bike path is right out the door, so there are two options: we could head out to the Circuit-Gilles-Villeneuve and do a few laps, or we can take the Estacade to the Seaway Trail and back from there.

Please let me know if you want to sign up for the PowerWatts session, that is the most important. Spaces are limited to 10 riders (and I already have a couple of requests). RSVPs are required for this!

Secondly, I would like to get an idea of who is interested in the after-ride and the lunch. You can participate in one or both of these even if you are not doing the PowerWatts session, reservations not required. We will be leaving from the P2 parking lot for the ride around 11:15 am, so be there and ready to go for that time. We will arrive at the Terrasse St-Ambroise for lunch at about 12:30.

Please let me know if you are interested in any or all of these: PowerWatts, the after-ride, lunch. Contact [email protected].

July 21 – 9 am: Lyon Mountain, New York (148 kms) Start/Finish - Hemmingford, Quebec 

Lyon Mountain NY loop from Hemmingford - 148 km, 1200M climbing. Rolling hills, lunch stop in Dannemora.
Route : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18671177
Departure point is behind the post office in Hemmingford.
This is a no drop ride, mandatory is 2 water bottles.

Contact person for these rides is Peter Côté [email protected]


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