Information for Cyclists

First Condition 

Pierre proposes that you integrate into your cycling team a more sedentary person of your surroundings who wants to adopt healthier habits and a different lifestyle. It can be an overweight person who wants to lose a few pounds, someone who has just quit smoking or intends on doing so, or someone with an illness that is now in remission. This is not a mandatory requirement, but rather a suggestion in line with the GDPL’s mission. This person is important for your team. You will need to supervise them, support them and train them so they are ready for the “big day”—the day of the departure.

In addition, these cyclists will have to tell their story in a section of the registration form: What has made them decide to take action? What are their motivations and objectives? Have they achieved them? During the 1,000-km event, the presenter will tell the story of these “new recruits.” In a sense, they will be the stars of the 1,000-km event. The objective of this exercise is to have a broader reach in your community. By participating, you are making an important extra effort to change those around you!

This is not mandatory, because we understand that some teams are close-knit and their five cyclists have developed solid relationships. But if you decide to take up the challenge and you cannot find a candidate with the desired profile, we can recommend one to you.

Second condition

This component is mandatory for all teams registered. Each team must associate with an elementary school of its choice (form of sponsorship). You must ensure that your school is enrolled in the May Energy Cube contest and accumulates a significant number of energy cubes. We believe this is an original way to build a bridge between you, the cyclists, and the children who will be making all these efforts in May.

You must also get involved as much as possible in this school in different ways. For instance, you could give a speech to explain to the children your reasons for taking up such a challenge. The goal is obviously to raise awareness of healthy life habits among children aged between 6 and 12 years old, and maybe even motivate them to one day take part in the 1,000-km event too!

From a financial standpoint, all donations exceeding the $11,000 registration fee will be returned to the school that you are sponsoring. You must ensure that this money will be invested in projects that promote the adoption of healthy life habits.

Pierre Lavoie is no longer the only spokesperson of the GDPL among Quebec’s pupils. He will have an army behind him to effect a real health culture change.

To help you, you can download: (petit guide pour parrainer avec succès une école primaire)..

  • Identification of cyclists

    A chip system will be used for the 2017 edition. When a cyclist passes the start and finish gate, they will be logged by a custom chip system installed on each bike. This allows us to control the maximum number of riders per team in the peloton at each stage.
    The system will also provide relevant statistics for each cyclist, such as time and kilometres traveled.

  • Role of the team leader

    The role of team leaders is to convey to members of their group the information received from the organization throughout the year. They must be part of the team as a cyclist, as they will represent the team during the presentation of teams the day before the departure. In addition, team leaders can organize group outings and guide their fellow members in the choice of stages along the 1,000-km course.

  • 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 night stages (about one night stage per day). During “hybrid” legs (leaving in the daytime and arriving at night), two cyclists per team are allowed.

  • Types of vehicles accepted for the teams

    Only one team in a vehicule

    No trailer: maximum vehicule lenght is 34 feet.

    With trailer: maximum vehicule lenght is 20 feet, no lenght limit for the trailer.


    More than one team in a vehicule

    No lenght limit for the vehicule. No trailer is allowed.

    *If your vehicle does not meet those criteria, your team will not be allowed to be among the starters on Friday, June 11, and the registration fees will not be refunded. Each vehicle will be measured on arrival in La Baie.

  • Expert cyclists

    If you are interested in registering as an expert cyclist, make 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 along the course by providing guidance and ensuring safety. This role is on a voluntary basis and is crucial to the success of the 1,000-km event. As some teams may not have a seasoned cyclist among their members, this is not mandatory.

    An expert cyclist is one who:

    • Regularly rides in a pack and 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 notions and to be an ambassador for cyclists with difficulties.

    A mandatory information/training session for expert cyclists will take place on Thursday, June 15. In addition, an expert’s guide will be available online at a few weeks before the 1,000-km event.

  • Refreshments

    The length of each stage varies between 50 and 125 km. Set up your relay system in the desired order so all team members can ride several segments of the 1,000 km. At every stop, there will be water, sports drinks, coffee and snacks (fruit, cheese, chocolate milk, etc.). For stages over 70 km, there will be a stop mid-way through for refreshments, including water and sports drinks. These stops will be 7 minutes in length.

  • Night stages

    There will be night stages during the 2016 edition. A supplementary lighting system will allow cyclists to ride safely at night.

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

  • Difficulty level of legs

    The legs are classified according to three levels of difficulty. The level of difficulty does not depend only on speed, but also on elevation and the difficulty of the road layout.

    • Regular: Predominantly flat and straight leg. Distance varies from 50 to 80 km. The pack’s average speed is 27 km/h.
    • Intermediate: Leg with some small valleys covering more than 80 km. Average speed of 28 km/h.
    • Advanced: Generally mountainous leg covering a distance of 90 to 120 km. Average speed of 30 km/h.

    At the beginning of a stage, the pack will ride at a slower speed for a few minutes to allow the cyclists to warm up. Therefore, it should come as no surprise if the speed is greater on certain portions of a leg than the average speed previously set for the stage.

    The speed of the pack may change depending on weather conditions. In such a case, we will have to leave ahead of time, as the time of arrival cannot be changed.

  • Flat tires

    Cyclists with a flat tire will be picked up by the Grand défi chase vehicle. Once the repair is completed and the situation allows it, the rider will be returned to the pack.

  • Mechanic services

    At each stop, full repair services will be available. The cost of replaced parts will be charged to the rider.

  • Restrooms

    During the 1,000-km event, you will be able to take a shower (men’s and women’s facilities) during several stops.
    Of course, there will be men’s and women’s restrooms at every stop.

  • Jersey provided by the Grand défi

    The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie team will provide you with a jersey, to be worn on the last stage of the 1,000-km event. You are free to wear any jersey you like on the other course stages. Make sure you indicate the size required for each member of your team on the team sheet found on our website,

  • Custom cycling jerseys

    Since your jersey is probably the best way for you to provide visibility for your sponsors, here are some companies who design custom jerseys:

    Innovation Sports (Vêtements personnalisés POLI)

    Identifications Sport

    Nativo concept

    Louis Garneau

    GTH sports

    Biemme Canada


  • Tax receipts

    For charitable donations over $25, tax receipts for the entire amount of the donation may be issued to individuals by Go, le Grand défi, upon request only.