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Old 01-04-15, 02:35 PM
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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Anyone ride this in Montreal? I know that it's open to pedestrians and cyclists on the off F1 season. Thinking about checking it out this summer when I'm back in Montreal.
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Old 01-09-15, 06:11 PM
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Yes, it's a very good place to race or simply to go for a ride. I use to cross it every day on the way to work, actually! Sometimes I'd be tempted to do a lap for fun, but after a long day of work, I would just want to go home!
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Old 01-11-15, 06:38 PM
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I was thinking that while not ideal, it would be a safe place to do a century ride while I was in Montreal this summer.
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Originally Posted by Photogshooter14 View Post
I was thinking that while not ideal, it would be a safe place to do a century ride while I was in Montreal this summer.
Riding a century on the Circuit would be terribly boring,and not nearly as safe as you might think. At times the bike traffic can be pretty heavy and because of varying ability of the riders there is also a big difference in the speeds of the fastest and slowest cyclists on the track. There are many better places to do a long distance ride,there are lots of quiet country roads not far from the centre of the city. The Circuit can be fun for a few laps, but the only time I have ever cycled on it I rode most of my mileage that day riding to it and back home from it. My limit would be about 5 laps, after that tedium sets in
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I ride the track one day a week. Great track with one climb and a very quick curving descent. It is car free early in the A.M. and when cars are present there are dividers set up around the entire track.

Sometimes on warm summer days it is crazy with roller blades and families with youngsters who are all over the road.
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Riding a century on the Circuit would be terribly boring,and not nearly as safe as you might think. At times the bike traffic can be pretty heavy and because of varying ability of the riders there is also a big difference in the speeds of the fastest and slowest cyclists on the track. There are many better places to do a long distance ride,there are lots of quiet country roads not far from the centre of the city. The Circuit can be fun for a few laps, but the only time I have ever cycled on it I rode most of my mileage that day riding to it and back home from it. My limit would be about 5 laps, after that tedium sets in
i agree with this comment, the track is fun but it can be dangerous at times..i go once or twice a year.
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Yep, +1 on not the safest place for decent speed cyclists ... watch out for kids (quite unpredictable) and for groundhogs - once I almost run one over (rode over the poor guy tail only) ... the guy just crossed in front of my bike while I was traveling 36km/h and not much I could do - on that stretch just prior to entrance into boxes where access to casino is ...
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