What the world needs now is more big cycling events on this side of the big pond. Isn’t that how the song goes? No? Oh. Well, it should. And the organizers of the new Montreal-Boston Tour think so, too.
The inaugural Montreal-Boston Tour will run from August 5-12 this year, covering about 1200km, and it’s been given a 2.1 license by the UCI. I had no idea what that meant, either, but it’s a good thing – it means the race is sanctioned for Tour de France-level riders and teams. And since it falls between the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espagna, they might actually get some big names to attend.
The first four stages will take place in Quebec. The fifth will go through Vermont, starting from the Jay Peak ski resort and ending at the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren. The sixth and seventh stages will take the riders through New Hampshire, where they will go from Franconia Notch State Park and through the cities of Concord, Manchester, and Nashua. The final stage of approximately 90 miles will take place on an urban circuit in Boston, with plans calling for the loop to begin and end at Boston Common.
If you’re not able to make it to Europe for any of the grand tours this year, this is a great opportunity to see a race (and some beautiful parts of two countries) in its first year.