Montreal's 2014 Tour de l'Île: 25,000 people on a 50km bike ride around the city! (video)
Crazy, healthy, clean fun!2 weeks ago, Montréal held its Tour de l'Île, a cycling event that has been held annually since 1984, making this year's edition the 30th. Roads around the island of Montréal are closed to car traffic and around 25,000 cyclists join in the fun, riding on either the 25km, 50km, or for the more ambitious ones, the 100km versions of the tour.
The event is organized by Velo Québec, and our friend Clarence Eckerson Jr. took part with his trusty camera. It looks like he had a lot of fun, but not nearly as much fun as that guy with a horse's head (you'll know what I meant when you reach that part of the video.. and make sure to watch until the very end for an encore appearance!):
If you've ever wondered how Clarence can shoot all these interviews while riding his bike, here's a behind the scenes, making-of view from his GoPro camera:
It's also cool to see car-free roads like this. So many bikes fit where only a couple of lanes of car traffics would otherwise be:
Here's the smaller version:
And the one for badass cyclists with lots of endurance (you can click the maps to see larger versions):
There's also the night tour, Tour la Nuit, which offers all kinds of extra fun, as you can see here.