Information for Cyclists

  • The new 1000 KM Pure Industrial

    The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie’s 1000 KM Pure Industriel is back this year in a brand-new format. With sustainable development in mind, the 1000 KM will take up residence in the City of Québec, on the Université Laval campus, which will become the event’s hub.


    The famous RVs will be replaced by high-end glamping tents. Forming a large village on the Université Laval campus, they will be complemented by kiosks and complete facilities (toilets, showers, water points, fireplaces, etc.) to ensure the comfort of participants.


    • Dates of the event : June 14, 15 and 16, 2024
    • Lieux
      • Village Avril : Université Laval
      • Stage departures : Université Laval and City of Québec
    • Number of stages : 12
    • Number of teams : 215
    • Number of people in each team : 5
    • Registration fee : 12 500$ per team

    Click here to view the fact sheets (in french)

  • 2024 Conditions

    First Condition

    Pierre suggests that one of your team’s members be a friend or acquaintance who is a more sedentary person and who is determined to take a healthy turn for the better with a change in lifestyle. This person is important for your team. You will need to coach, support and train this person to be ready for the “big day”—the day of the departure.


    Second Condition

    This is a mandatory condition for all teams in 2024. Each team must associate with one or more elementary schools of its choice (a sort of sponsorship). You must ensure that your schools are enrolled in the Energy Cubes Challenge in May and earn a significant number of energy cubes. We believe this is an original way to build bridges between you, the cyclists, and the children who will be giving 100% in May.

    You must also be involved as much as possible with this school in different ways. For example, you can give a talk to explain to the pupils what motivates you to take up such a challenge. The goal is obviously to raise awareness of healthy life habits among children between 6 and 12 years of age, and maybe even instill in them a desire to ride The 1000 KM when they are older!

    From a financial standpoint, all donations exceeding the $12,500 registration fee will be given to the school that you are sponsoring. If your team collects surplus donations, to be entitled to them your school will have to introduce a project promoting healthy life habits. A cheque for the surplus donations will be issued subject to approval of the school’s project by Grand défi Pierre Lavoie.

    Pierre Lavoie is no longer the only spokesperson of the Grand defi among Quebec’s schoolchildren. He now has an army behind him to effect a real change in our society’s health culture.

  • Identification

    A chip system will be used for the 2024 edition. When they pass under the start and finish arches, cyclists will be logged by a custom chip system installed on each bike. This allows us to verify the maximum number of riders per team in the pack during each stage.

    The system will also provide relevant statistics for each cyclist, such as time and kilometres traveled.

  • Packing List

    The list of items that will potentially be useful to you during the 1000 KM will be communicated to you later.
  • Number of Cyclists per stage

    Two cyclists per team are allowed during the daytime stages. However, there can be only one cyclist per team in the pack during the night stages. During the “hybrid” stages that begin during the day and end at night, two cyclists per team are allowed. Be sure to consult the hours of each stage to know how many cyclists you can have in the pack.

    Download the Excel spreadsheet (to come) that your team can use to plan and assign members to each stage. This spreadsheet’s layout lets you plan and visualize each member’s cycling distance.

  • Cycling Mentors

    Safety is a must. We therefore need the help of the most experienced cyclists to act as cycling mentors. We need about twenty (20) mentors per stage to form an ideal pack. Unlike a race, the pack in The 1000 KM of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie has a full range of cyclists: the weaker cyclists are at the front and the strongest at the back. Our mentors must be seasoned cyclists who are very good at teaching cycling techniques, as they give guidance to other participants. They sweep the pack and, if necessary, accompany individual cyclists in difficulty to bring them back to the front.

    If you are interested in registering as a cycling mentor, be sure to select this option on the registration form.

    Those who accept this role will be clearly identified and will help the organization make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible from start to finish by providing guidance and ensuring safety. This role is on a voluntary basis and is crucial to the success of The 1000 KM. It is not mandatory that your team have a member with sufficient experience to qualify as a mentor.

    A cycling mentor is one who:

    • Regularly rides in a pack or alone.
    • Covers about 5,000 km per season.
    • Has experience in competitive cycling, road cycling, mountain biking or triathlon.
    • Is able to explain important cycling concepts and be an ambassador with cyclists who have difficulties.


  • Refreshments

    The length of each stage varies between 20 and 135 km. You can choose the order in which your team members take over at each stage, so everyone can ride several stages of the 1000 KM. At every stop, there will be water, thirst-quenching drinks, coffee and snacks (fruit, cheese, chocolate milk, etc.). For stages longer than 70 km, there will be a refreshment stop midway, with water and thirst-quenching drinks. These stops will be 7 minutes in length.

  • Night stages

    Some stages of the 2024 edition of the 1000 KM will be completed at night. A supplementary lighting system will be provided to enable cyclists to ride safely at night.

    It is high-performance lighting that will be used by individual cyclists traveling at night. Only one cyclist per team will be allowed to ride at night.

  • Level of Difficulty of Stages

    The level of difficulty of each stage is determined based on speed, elevation gain and distance. We define three levels of difficulty for the 1000 KM:

    • Regular: Predominantly flat and straight. Distance ranges from 50 to 80 km. Average pack speed is 27 kph.
    • Intermediate: Stage with some small valleys, covering more than 80 km. Average pack speed is 28 kph.
    • Advanced: Generally very hilly covering 90 to 120 km. Average pack speed is 30 kph.
    • Expert: Very difficult stage, more than 120 km and considerable elevation gain. Only seasoned cyclists in top physical condition should choose these stages.

    For the first few minutes of each stage, the pack rides at a slower speed to warm up. For some portions of the stage, cyclists should therefore expect the speed to exceed the planned average for the entire stage.

    Weather conditions will affect the speed of the pack. In adverse conditions, we will have to leave earlier than planned because our arrival time cannot be changed.

  • Flat tires

    Cyclists with a flat tire will be swept up by the Mécano Bus operated by Grand défi. After the repair is completed, we will return the cyclist to the pack, but only when the convoy has come to a full stop (refreshment stop or a stop ordered by the police).

    For the stage incorporating cyclists riding La Boucle, we suggest you be prepared to repair your flats yourself. Bring levers, a spare tube and an air cartridge or pump. You may otherwise have to wait a long time for mechanical assistance given the large number of cyclists during this stage.

    Be sure that your tires are new and in good condition before starting the 1000 KM. We highly recommend that you use tires with tubes instead of going tubeless to facilitate repairing a flat.

    All cyclists must check the pressure in both tires before each stage.

  • Mechanical Services

    Cycle Néron will offer bike repair services at each stop. Cyclists must pay the cost of their replacement parts. Please note that some non-urgent services will not be offered, such as washing your bike, changing the handlebar tape and changing a tubeless tire.

    Take your bike to your specialized bike shop for a check-up and maintenance during the weeks leading up to the 1000 KM to ensure it is in excellent condition before the event.

  • Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy

    Throughout the event, the Action Sport Physio team will provide physiotherapy and massage therapy to all 1000 KM cyclists and volunteers. The team will be located in the Grand défi Village and will be able to help you between each stage.

  • Restrooms

    Sanitary blocks, including showers and toilets, will be at your disposal in the Village Avril.

  • Cycling Jerseys

    Grand défi Pierre Lavoie will provide you with a 1000 KM cycling jersey that you must wear during the last stage and at the finish line. You can wear a cycling jersey of your choice at any other time during the event.

    On the team registration sheet, be sure to clearly indicate the size required for each member of your team. We will try to accommodate the cyclists who tell us their size after the deadline, but we cannot guarantee anything.

  • Custom Cycling Jerseys

    Since your bike jersey is probably the best way to give visibility to your sponsors, here are the contact details of various suppliers who can design custom jerseys for you.

    If you wish to add the logo of Le Grand défi and/or the 1000km, here is the link to download them: Press room

    Make sure to send us the model so that we approve the proper use of our logo at :

    Castelli Cycling

    Magnan Culture Cycliste

    Endorphine Sports

    Biemme Canada


    Identifications Sport

    Jakroo (par téléphone : 450 578-5436)

    LDFS Sublimation

  • Donations Made to Your Team and Tax Receipts

    ALL cheques must be made payable to: GO LE GRAND DÉFI INC.

    If, by mistake, one of your donors makes a cheque payable to Go le Grand défi inc. and to you, it is mandatory that you endorse the cheque before sending it to us.

    Information requests
    For all information requests, whether by email or voicemail, please provide your name, the name of your team in the 1000 KM, and the telephone numbers where we can reach you if necessary.

    Tax receipts
    Go le Grand défi will issue receipts for donations over $25 only upon request and only for the full amount of the donation.

    The official tax receipts generated by our online donation site will be issued in the name of the donor indicated on the donation form; donor names cannot be changed once the receipt is generated. It is therefore very important to ensure that you enter the correct information when filling in the online donation form.

    We cannot generate duplicates of receipts. It is up to you to safeguard the receipts sent to you.

    Canada Revenue Agency rules are such that official donation receipts must be issued in the name of the actual donor, that is, in the name of the organization or person who made the donation.

    A tax receipt cannot be issued to a donation from an anonymous donor or from a fundraiser.

    An online donation form must be completed for each donation.

    When mailing your donation cheques to us, please accompany them with the name of the team and the name of the sponsored cyclist, if applicable.

    For any other question concerning donations and tax receipts, please contact our finance and donations department at