Ryder Hesjedal (#31) appears to be eyeing Colombian Leonardo Fabio Duque's snack on the Plains of Abraham during the Grand Prix Cycliste in Quebec City.
photos by Tammy Thorne and Manny Pérez
We are absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce our readers to the world of professional cycling in our upcoming Fall 2011 issue. Ryder Hesjedal tells us what fuel powers him on a typical day in the saddle. Hesjedal is one of Canada's top international riders and is featured in our special extended centre spread: Fast Food – Tour vs. Street.
dandyhorse is no stranger to Canadian cycling elite racers. Michael Barry contributed to the Summer 2009 issue sharing his experience riding in the city of Barcelona with his wife, featured along side a gorgeous photo and story about his mother, Clare, called The Perfect Commuter.
In only its second year the Grand Prix Cycliste race already attracts top racers from around the world. The first race of the event took place in Quebec City on September 9, 2011 followed by the Montreal race on September 11, 2011.
Mike Barry and Ryder Hesjedal won "Best Canadian" riders in Quebec City and Montreal respectively during the Grand Prix Cycliste.
Here's a dandy look at this outstanding Canadian road racing event:
- Race starts and finishes at Grande Allée (Old Québec) near Place George V and the Armoury.
- 218 racers ride a 12.6 km circuit for 16 laps, a total of 201.6 km through and around the old city.
- Quebec City highlights: lots of steep hills and history.
- Riders raced for more than 5 hours.
On Côte de la Montagne with a fan-filled bridge and Ryder Hesjedal in back on the right-hand side (red glasses on top). Here, the riders are just topping the steepest bit of Côte de la Montagne with a 13% gradient.
While the racers had to climb Quebec City's hills without motorized aid, spectators could hop aboard the Funiculair.
Though for those inspired by the action the BIXI pilot project in Quebec City was at the ready.
- 218 racers ride a 12.1 km circuit for 17 laps, a total of 205.7 km around/on Mount Royal in the heart of Montreal!
- Montreal highlights: Massive bike-loving throngs of people. Popularity of the sport growing immensely since the first year.
- Highlight for fans: Being able to take a BIXI everywhere.
In Montreal the peloton was huge but well outnumbered by the MASSIVE amounts of spectators. In a city where bicycles are easily integrated into daily life it's no surprise that the crowd (and police) all were in high spirits.
Quebec City winner Philippe Gilbert came from behind to take third place in Montreal and said he was surprised by how great the fans were, thanking them from the podium.
The Montreal winner was Portugual's Rui Alberto Faria da Costa riding for Movistar Team.
dandyhorse Fall 2011, The Food Issue, launches at Word on the Street Toronto, Sunday, September 25, 2011. Bob Blumer of the Food Network joins us as guest editor for this exciting issue and be sure to check out our centre spread with Ryder Hesjedal. Become a subscriber today.