Hello all, looking for some advice for my trip up for the big race.
Despite growing up in Upstate NY I have only been to Montreal once for a day trip. However my girlfriend and I love the city. When I found out about the GP I decided to plan another trip up.
For the race:
First question is on viewing the race. Where can I find info about where team buses are?
How early do you have to be at the finish line to get a seat in the bleachers they have set up?
Is there a better place to watch the race then the start/finish?
What is a decent hotel that would have easy access to the race? So far the Le St-Martin Hotel Centre-Ville seems to be my top choice. But if anyone has better suggestions for around the same price let me know!
Any recommendations for a nice place to eat a fancy dinner that isn't a tourist place. Last time we were there we ended up at tourist restaurant, and since my girlfriend loves fine dining I was hoping to do better this time.
Side information: We both speak some French, although I definitely know more then my girlfriend as she focused on Italian and spent a semester abroad in Rome, pushing her high school French to the background.
I will have a car with me and parking is going to be important.
This is my first pro bike race ever, so general advice is welcome as well.