Montréal, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – This morning the International Cycling Union (UCI) published its revised UCI WorldTour calendar for the resumption of the cycling season halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM), the only two events on the WorldTour road racing circuit in the Americas, will go ahead as planned on September 11 and 13. The races are therefore maintained as part of a condensed calendar featuring 25 events that make up “the biggest races of road cycling’s historical heritage,” in the words of the UCI news release.
Our organizing committee is therefore moving forward with work to hold the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal in September—while, of course, remaining very attentive to the public health instructions and restrictions issued by local, national, and international authorities.
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The many representatives of professional cycling have shown resilience and the willingness to make compromises to validate a calendar acceptable to all stakeholders: riders, teams and organizers. The new calendar certainly has a number of overlapping events, but it has been designed so as to provide a maximum of opportunities for the different types of riders on the WorldTeams who wish (if conditions permit) to resume the season.
Notably, the dates of the GPCQM coincide with the Tour de France (August 29 to September 20) and Tirreno-Adriatico (September 7 to 14).
“Because of the nature of our races, however, we should still see a high-quality field of competitors in Québec City and Montréal,” says Serge Arsenault, President of the GPCQM. “The new calendar has been carefully thought out in that sense for each event. The Québec City and Montréal circuits are tailor-made for one-day classics specialists, so riders of that profile may well choose our races to show their talents and shine,” he adds.
In the eyes of riders, the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal are and always will be among the most important stops on the competitive calendar.
It bears repeating, however, that the health and safety of spectators and riders, and proper supervision by the organizers are our priority.
The GPCQM organizers are taking very seriously the situation and the risks related to COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the situation worldwide and update you on developments as they happen.
We eagerly await the resumption of the various cycling events, and we ask all fans to stay more responsible and united than ever with regard to the instructions announced.
Serge Arsenault, President of the GPCQM
Your entire GPCQM team