A personal view of Knowlton, Quebec, the Eastern Townships most beautiful village.

Eastern Townships Challenge visits Knowlton
Read the full story here.

Hundreds of cyclists gathered behind the church in Knowlton during the Eastern Townships Challenge.Cycling Clubs rode in one of the last events organized by the Velo Quebec (Quebec Cycling)Association, as the Eastern Townships Challenge, a popular un-timed rally of 75 to 150 km wound it's way through central Knowlton and the hundreds of registered cyclists stoppped for lunch in the schoolyard before getting back in the saddle and heading back on their way to the finish line.

The cool and rainy day might not have made for the ultimate tourist ride but the cyclists at the VolksWagon sponsored event who stopped under the church awnings during their lunch break were non-plussed by the rather torrential rains.

Most cyclists are well prepared for anything be it a flat tire or a sudden drop in blood sugar so with news that a cold front and rain were going to be part of the Challenge they obviousely prepared.

Cyclists are well-known for being able to ignore rain and snow in the persuit of a trip down an unknown bike trail or a high-speed sprint early in the morning. What many of us consider to be a strange obsession the avid cyclist finds to be a fundamental part of life.

The dedicated cyclists are beyond those of us who simple own a bike for fun. Yes we may have a touring bike that we occasionaly tie on to our bike-racks and head to the Green Route for a leisurely ride to the local snack-bar with our newest pair of peddle-pumpers but the cyclists in many Canadian Cycling Clubs can be downright obsessive about owning the best bicycles and newest bike clothing available.

The notoriety of such events as the Tour De France and the Landis doping scandal shine a grey cast on the sport but the reality of many small towns and regions in Quebec and throughout Canada is that friendly bike clubs are popular amongst enthusiasts who just want to get togetehr for week-end rides and special touring events with fellow like minding cyclists in the area. Cycling is a popular sport with singles and joining a riding club is a great way for sportive singles to meet other cycling singles. Who knows...it's a long and winding road...even on a 12-speed aluminum racer!!

Singles on cycles in the rain...what a great day in town!The organizers of the event in Knowlton did a great job! The signage downtown was clear and helpful for all residents and ensured there were no accidents and the sponsors and organizers did a fantastic job all around. If only the weather had been better we would have seen more folks lining the sidewalks cheering just like they do during the Tour de France.

If you ever wondered where to have a detailed listing of the Quebec Bike Trails and touring information then Velo Mag has recently published an amazing book for serious cyclists. The ultimate books for cyclists in the Eastern Townships includes trails and accomodations.

Velo Quebec was established in 1967 and has been promoting and advocating on behalf of cyclists for almost 40 years, working to make the province of Québec more bike-friendly including being the major influential force in ensuring the adoption of Quebec's first cycling policy, the paving of shoulders, the development and maintenance of the bicycle network and other positive initiatives. They are instrumental in working towards the expansion of the Route Vert or Green Road for cyclists in the province.

The Velo Quebec website has information on the local Cycling Clubs in the Eastern Townships including the Les Cyclones de Granby, La Grande Roue Magog-Orford, Club Velomanis and the Club Cycliste de Sherbrooke which are the closest active clubs to the Knowlton area. Serious cyclists or singles looking to meet other singles interested in outdoor activities will find their website crucial for details on events and members. Click here to visit the Velo Quebec Eastern Townships Cycling Clubs listed on their website.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave a comment for DestinationKnowlton.com.

<< Home

Duck Festival - Canard en Fete | Good Samaritan Rescues Dog From Attack | Maybe Drivers Should Go Back To School | Technically Teknika is Taking Too Long | Three Knowlton Businesses Reach Finals | Finally! I Can Hear You Now! | Three Knowlton Businesses Reach Finals | Brome Lake Duck Festival - Canard En Fete | Going Green: A Story With Two Sides | Ecosphere: The Environmental Fair Comes | Brome Lake Classic Golf Tournament | The Big Brome Fair: Aug 31 - Sept 3 | Arts Sutton Casino Night | Quebec Lakes Closed For No Good Reason | Getting Ready for the Big Brome Fair | Celebrating the Big Brome Fair | Quebec Lakes Closed For No Good Reason | Twin Vernissage at the Knowlton Gallery | Welcome to Knowlton, Quebec | Sutton, Quebec Art Gallery Events | The Leaning Tree Says Good-Bye | Knowlton Marina Is The Place To Beat the Heat | Lac Brome Rentals Signal Growth | Brome Lake Duck Festival | Is Teknika Missing The Boat | Resident Sabotages Town with Vandalism | Knowlton Celebrates Canada's Birthday | Knowlton Runner Wins Tour Du Lac | Town Reveals New Logo | Denis Farley Show In Sutton | Apple Blossom Time | Knowlton Public Market Is Back | Dog Show Parade Has Tails Wagging | Brome Lake Announces Lake Plan | Teknika Report Delayed Again | Renaissance Lac Brome Annual Meeting | Knowlton Imposes Strict Dress Code | Brome-Missisquoi Election Results | Spring Break Party On Brome Lake | Liberals Sliding Down The "Poles" | Tobogganing & Valentines Provide Warmth | Centre Lac Brome Lake Center Open | Mont Morin Likely No Threat To Ski Bromont | Renaissance Lac Brome Continue Raising Funds | Emballages Knowlton Merges With US Firm | Lost Cat Found In Knowlton | Brome Taxes Go Through The Roof | Action Plan or Fantasy Land? | Anna Nixon At Sutton Gallery | Happy New Year 2007 | Did Someone Say Winter? | Spectacular Migration of Birds | Knowlton en Lumiere: A bright idea! | Remembrance Day in Knowlton | Charge of the Light Brigade | Halloween in Knowlton | Floating Islands put Knowlton in Spotlight | Gerald Swann: featured painter | Renaissance Lac Brome Meeting | What Can We Do With Lac Brome? | A Perfect Thanksgiving Weekend | Sutton Fundraiser A Magical Evening | Environmental Fair Comes to Brome | Weather won't "Fowl" Duck Fest Week-end | Dawson Tragedy Impacts Knowlton Children | The Amazing Race...Knowlton Style! | Back to School: Watch Out For Our Kids! | Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Tower To Be Built | Brome Lake Ducks Maintain Rugby Record | Eastern Townships Challenge visits Knowlton | Knowlton Landmark Hotel Wins Award | "Raccoon Cookies" Fight Rabies Outbreak | Dangerous Cyanobacteria Closes Brome Lake | Quaint Village or Monster Truck Show? | Taking Aim At The Mayor | New Cobblestone Crosswalks | Knowlton Residents Upset With State of Mill Pond | Canada Day In Knowlton | RCMP Musical Ride Thrills Townshippers | Running the Tour Du Lac Brome | Public Market Opens In Knowlton | New IGA for Knowlton | David Suzuki Visits Knowlton | Rain Swells Cold Brook | Fessenden: Knowlton's Unsung Hero | Shawn Phillips Visits Knowlton | The Sounds Of Spring in Knowlton | Fire Department To Get New Fire Trucks | Speed Limits Don't Match Road Reality | New Benches Installed Beside Pettes Library | Uniprix Ready For Expansion...Next Up: Tim Horton! | Knowlton Business Faces Fine for Illegal Sign | Knowlton Gas Station Says Buh-Bye! | SPCA Adoptions Raise the "Woof" | Changing the Victorian Landscape of Knowlton | Celebrating a Hollywood Hero from Knowlton | No High-Speed Internet Upsets Knowlton | Bilingual Means "Anything But English" in Brome? | Welcome to Knowlton, Knowlton | Police Plan More Patrols For Knowlton | Knowlton Sculptor Immortalizes Hockey | Don Davison Book Launch In Knowlton | CBC's Bill Richardson in Knowlton | Painters of the Eastern Townships | Quoi de Neuf - What's New in Knowlton! | Meet The Candidates - Election | Brome Duck Festival Gets Quackin' | The Beatles Coming to Knowton | Tour Des Arts Celebrates | Property For Sale In Knowlton | World Class Concerts Coming To Knowlton | June Garden Event Shows Townships Beauty | Tunde Odunlade in Knowlton | Knowlton Going To The Dogs...Again! | Garage Sale Bylaw Rains On Yard Sales | So Our Trees Are Becoming A Nuisance? | Country Chic Fashion Show | June Garden Event Shows Townships Beauty | World Class Concerts Coming To Knowlton | Knowlton Tree rivals Rockefeller Plaza | Lac Brome Rentals Signal Growth | Knowlton en Lumiere: A bright idea! | Remembrance Day in Knowlton | Charge of the Light Brigade | Halloween in Knowlton | Floating Islands put Knowlton in Spotlight | Gerald Swann: featured painter | Brome Fair Feedback is Not All Good | Brome Lake to be Sold For Biofuel | Chickasaw and The Raid From Hell | Cyclist Doping Scandal Harms Locals | Good Samaritan Saves Man From Dog Attack | Who Turned Out The Lights | SAQré bleu! Knowlton gets a new liquor store! | Paul Martin Trades Trees For Tees | A Time to Reflect on Life | Winter Storm Hits Eastern Townships We have the worst drivers | New Cellphone Tower in Knowlton Apple Blossom Time | Citizens Angry at Lack of Bilingual Signs | Festival of Lights | Brome Taxes Through The Roof
eXTReMe Tracker

DestinationKnowlton.com