The Petite Aventure Desjardins
The Grand Tour Desjardins
Québec Permit Holder
Photos: Didier Bertrand
Print Date: March 2012
4 TRAVEL EVENT SCHEDULE
4 From day to day
6 At the Village
8 On the road
11 COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES
11 Tent rental service
12 Grand Tour Desjardins Under the Covers package
14 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
14 Packing and checklist
18 Biking in the rain
19 Sleeping in the tent
20 Family bike touring
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT
Two weeks prior to the event in which you are registered, we will
mail you a participant’s booklet containing the following infor-
• Location of the start site (directions and map);
• Registration procedure;
• Services offered at the Village;
• Daily route maps.
FIRST DAY OF THE EVENT, DURING REGISTRATION
Upon presentation of a piece of identification and your
Vélo Québec Voyages invoice, we will provide you with the
• Numbered bracelets for you and your baggage;
• Your tent number and related baggage tags, if you rented
• List of your hotels, if you chose the Under the Stars
package in the Grand Tour Desjardins;
• Your passenger and bicycle boarding passes, if you reserved
an optional shuttle on the Grand Tour Desjardins.
TRAVELLER’S GUIDE 3
MAISON DES CYCLISTES
1251 Rachel Street East, Montreal (Quebec) H2J 2J9
Phone: 514-521-8356 • 1-800-567-8356, ext. 506
The Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins
are the ideal combination of biking, encounters,
discoveries, parties and camping. At the end of
each cycling day, you arrive at a village set up for
the event, offering numerous activities and a fes-
Since your departure is approaching, we invite you
to peruse this guide. The information it contains
will help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest. It
covers the daily schedule and complementary
services such as tent rental, as well as providing
a packing checklist and tips for sleeping in a tent
and biking in the rain or as a family.
Happy reading and have a good trip!
Vélo Québec Voyages Team
FROM DAY TO DAY
On the Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins, you are on
vacation and can make the most of your day. The supervision
team is on the road as of 6:30 a.m. and you can start out at the
time and pace that suit you best. However, if you decide not
to follow the standard schedule, we cannot guarantee you
assistance in the event of a mechanical problem.
Meals are planned based on the number of participants
registered and meal times are long enough to accommodate
everyone. Even if you arrive at the lunch rest stop at 1:30 p.m.
or want to have dinner at 8 p.m., there will still be plenty of
good food to go around.
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Breakfast
6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Start (Grand Tour Desjardins)
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Start (Petite Aventure Desjardins)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch at rest stop
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arrival at stopover town (until 7 p.m.
on the Grand Tour Desjardins)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner in Village
1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bistro, activities and entertainment
We transport your baggage from one stopover town to the next.
You can collect your belongings upon your arrival at the next
Village, every day starting at 1 p.m.
As of 6 a.m. on the mornings we change Village, after disman-
tling your tent and packing up, you must put your baggage in
one of the numbered trucks.
To transport your baggage from the parking areas to the
start/finish site or from the camp sites to the baggage trucks,
local sports teams or organizations offer you a valet service
for a fee of $2 per bag. This money helps them fund their
Most of the meals are included in the Under the Stars
packages of our travel events. Please refer to the package
purchased for details in this regard.
While the midday meal (lunch-style) is served at the rest stop,
you always have breakfast and dinner at the Village.
4 VÉLO QUÉBEC VOYAGES
514-521-8356 1-800-567-8356, EXT. 506
LUNCH REST STOP
Lunch is served only at the rest stop, the location of which is
clearly marked on the route maps. This rest stop is open every
day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the last cyclists arrive). It
should be noted that cyclists who pass the lunch rest stop
before it opens will, under no circumstances, be provided with
lunch upon arriving at the Village.
At the rest stop, you have access to toilets, first-aid services,
water and mechanical assistance. Access to the lunch rest
stop and related services is reserved exclusively for registered
Better safe than sorry! We therefore suggest that you have
your bicycle completely tuned up before departure. A
well-tuned bicycle is the key to a successful cycling trip. On
the road, we will make minor bicycle repairs free of charge
(e.g.: punctures, various adjustments.). While the labour is
free, the parts are not. The list of free repairs is available at
the mechanics booth. For major repairs, you have to pay for
both parts and labour.
After a good day of cycling, think about relaxing by reserving a
30- to 55-minute massage session. You must make your
appointment at the start site or directly at the massage therapy
room in each Village. Charges apply.
SAFETY OF BICYCLES AND BELONGINGS
Although the Village site will be under surveillance all night
long, we strongly recommend that you keep your bicycle locked
up at all times. Lock two or three bicycles together near your
tent or to a fence, if available nearby. To ensure peace and
quiet, the use of bicycle alarms in the Village is prohibited.
Bear in mind that you are responsible for your belongings
throughout the event.
VISITORS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
Whether travelling by car or bicycle, visitors cannot follow you
on the route or meet you at the lunch rest stop. Nevertheless,
you can invite them to the Village for a few hours, where they
may accompany you to the Bistro only. However, we cannot
allow them to camp on site or provide them with meals,
since these services are reserved exclusively for registered
Important: Recreational vehicles are not permitted on the
Village sites, including the parking areas.
TRAVELLER’S GUIDE 5
AT THE VILLAGE
The Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins are veritable
villages on wheels that are set up and dismantled each day
(except when we stay in the same place for two nights). The
Village is your camping site, your departure point and your
arrival point. At the Village, you have access to a variety of
services: bike repair, first aid and massage therapy (for an
extra fee), as well as a valet service for transporting your
The different activities offered at the Village include movies,
yoga sessions, bicycle tourism workshops and booths offering
event souvenirs, local specialties or snacks. Each day, you can
also enjoy artistic performances presented on the Desjardins
stage at the Bistro and a host of other activities. The Petite
Aventure Desjardins features a wide range of entertainment
and activities for children of all ages.
To find out more about the program, consult your participant’s
booklet or Le déchaîné (see section below).
INFORMATION BOOTH AND TOURISM BOOTH
For details about the daily schedules, the activities offered at
the Village and the services at your disposal, visit the informa-
tion booth set up in each Village.
At the tourism booth, you can get information about the
stopover town and its attractions (beaches, parks, restaurants,
museums, historical sites, outdoor activities, etc.). Be sure to
drop by to find out about all the surprises and special treats
that await you and register for the activities offered.
During the events, we work with a team of seasoned
mechanics. Each day in the Village, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., they are available for minor repairs
(free of charge, except for parts) or major repairs (charges for
labour and parts). It should also be pointed out that bike tires
can be filled at the mechanics booth.
6 VÉLO QUÉBEC VOYAGES
514-521-8356 1-800-567-8356, EXT. 506
TRAVELLER’S GUIDE 7
Le déchaîné is the official travel event newsletter. On the Petite
Aventure Desjardins, one edition is distributed to participants
On the Grand Tour Desjardins, Le déchaîné is available every
morning at breakfast. It contains the latest route information
(changes or interesting attractions), the evening activities
and menu at the Village, anecdotes, messages, meeting
announcements and, above all, lots of laughs! A must-read
that your loved ones can enjoy every morning at veloque-
BISTRO AND WINE BAR
As of 1 p.m., the Bistro is the place where travellers get
together. There, they discuss the day’s adventures, while
relaxing with a drink. The Desjardins stage also gets lively in
the evening, with music provided by bands or DJs. In the dining
room, you can enjoy the impressive selection of products
available at the wine bar each day – a great opportunity to
stimulate your senses and make new discoveries.