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Tour de la Releve: The cyclists are gearing up for the start
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 6/27/2012
Tour de la Releve: The cyclists are gearing up for the start
 

Tour de la Releve: The cyclists are gearing up for the start
From July 12 to 15 this year, some 200 young cyclists will take to the streets and roads of the region for the third edition of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski

From July 12 to 15 this year, some 200 young cyclists will take to the streets and roads of the region for the third edition of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski. For the last few months, the organising committee has been working hard preparing for this major sporting event. With less than three weeks before the start of the first stage of the Tour, the committee is busy ensuring that everything is in place to run smoothly: confirming the event sponsors of the event, processing team entries and finalizing the details of the event logistics.

Many partners have contributed to the organisation of this cycling event, allowing the organisers to maintain their commitment to quality even as the event continues to grow. The complete list of partners shown in the annex illustrates the generous financial support of the local community, a key element to the event’s success. In addition, the Sûreté du Québec, Québec’s Department of Transport, and l’Association des Mototouristes de Rimouski are working closely with the Tour volunteers to ensure the safety of everyone involved. “The commitment offered by local businesses and public organisations is a critical factor in the success of this event, and we are extremely proud to be able to count on such excellent collaboration”, commented the director of the Tour, Michel Fugère.

The operating budget for the 2012 edition of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski is $200,000. In 2011, the event generated significant economic benefits for the region, estimated at more than $500,000 according to a consulting firm. “This event brings great visibility to the region, while having a direct effect upon the economy as the city of Rimouski plays host to all these cyclists and their coaches, accompanying personnel and families”, confirmed Mr. Fugère.

For this third edition of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski, up to 50 teams may enter. So far, 36 teams have confirmed their participation, of which 22 have signed up for the male Youth category, 7 for the female Youth category, and 7 for the female Juniors. Out of the 144 participants already confirmed, 95 are from Québec, 26 from Ontario, 2 from British Columbia, 16 from the United States, and one from New Zealand. Not to be left out, the region will be represented by a team from the Club Cycliste Rimouski. More than a third of the participants thus come from outside Québec. As recently announced, the 2011 champion, Marie-Ève Poisson, will return to Rimouski this year. Also joining the competition is the prestigious American team JETCycling, which will certainly raise the calibre for the female Youth category. As was the case last year, the National Female Junior team will use the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski as its final tryout for the selection of the riders who will represent Canada in this summer’s European competitions.

This year, in addition to the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski, another important race has been organized: the Grand Prix cycliste de Rimouski, a UCI 1.1 event for the women’s Junior category, to be held on July 11, 2012. The Grand Prix cycliste de Rimouski is an international-calibre race and is the only UCI-sanctioned 1.1 race for this category in North America. The Tour is proud to announce, in addition to all the other Tour sponsors, the exclusive sponsorship of the Grand Prix cycliste de Rimouski by Hydro-Québec. The event will take place the day before the start of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski. This addition to the racing schedule will most certainly raising the standards of the event.

About the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski
The Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski is a staged race for competitors in the male and female Youth (15–16 years old) and female Junior (17–18 years old) categories. The main goal of this event is to prepare these athletes for international competitions and to allow them to experience a race similar to the Tour de France, albeit on a smaller scale of four days. For all the details of the event as well as schedules for
each of the stages, please consult the event website at www.tourdelareleve.ca.


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