This year, we are offering 2 new courses of 500 km and 250 km that will take you on the most beautiful gravel roads in Quebec located in the Eastern Townships. All courses have been ridden and approved by gravel freaks! The course will be known to participants on July 1, 2022.
The idea of this challenge is to discover the Eastern Townships region by its breathtaking paths less known to cyclists. These paths will lead you at the same time to discover villages, their communities and local shops who will be there to cheer you up during the event. It’s in a sharing spirit that the idea of the Gravel Bikepacking Challenge 500 was born.
The course leads you along the most beautiful Eastern Township roads, 85% on dirt roads and gravel trails and 15% on paved country roads.
Checkpoints in unexpected places of exceptional beauty
A solo or duo challenge, in autonomy, without assistance, on the most beautiful country and gravel roads of the Eastern Townships.
Difficulty level: the level of difficulty of the course is matched only by its great beauty… and will depend on the speed and intensity that you decide to adopt.
Some will seek to set a personal record while others will take up to 5 days to achieve this great adventure on two wheels.
In any case, the goal of creating a great challenge for athletes and bike lovers while allowing them to discover our fabulous region that is “l’Estrie” and its inhabitants, will be achieved!
The Classic: You participate in the adventure using the feed stations on the route and you can use local accommodation in the region
E-Bike category: You participate in the adventure as “the classic” but with a pedal assist system (PAS) bike to complete the course.
Robusto: (new) You take part in the adventure using the feed stations on the official course. For the rest, you are in total autonomy. If you sleep during the race you must be independent (tent, sleeping bag, meal, etc.). You have no outside assistance (transport, food, etc.)
Until 12/31/2021: 90% refundable
Until 02/28/2022: 50% refundable
Until 04/30/2022: 30% refundable
From 07/01/2022 Non-refundable
*service fees of $19.95 per person are not-refundable
To help you in your preparation, here are some interesting links:
Another article on the equipment used by the record woman around the world by bike: