1,000 participants expected for the 2nd year of La Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs
The team representing Vaudreuil-Soulanges will take part in the 2nd year of La Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs on June 21, 2015 as part of the adventure of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. “This will be the highlight of our efforts in 2015 to persuade as many people as possible to become active. We want to double our entries and this year there’ll be 1,000 participants,” states Francine St-Denis, organizer of the 1st tour and member of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges team.
On June 14 last year, when she was invited to ride in the Boucle de Pierre Lavoie in Quebec City, Francine St-Denis accepted right away, being an active individual who knows the importance of physical activity. Later, she realized that she had an important engagement scheduled with the Federation of Quebec School Boards at the same time. She continued her training and inspired by the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, Commissioner Francine St-Denis decided that she too wanted young people and families in the region to get active and on June 15 she organized the first year of La Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs, a bike ride that helped raise funds for the children of the Trois-Lacs School Board.
"I couldn’t take part in Pierre’s ride to Quebec City, so I decided to organize a meeting here. Profits from the registration fees were used to purchase 60 recycled bikes from a community organization. The bikes were donated to local kids who couldn’t afford them,” said the organizer.
Three circuits available
In order to get people of the region on bikes, many stakeholders from the educational, economic, social and community sectors mobilized to get the project underway. Participants have a choice of three routes: a 20-km trip mainly for young families on bike paths in Vaudreuil-Dorion, or 60-km and 135-km routes on the beautiful roads of our region. Lucie Charlebois, Ministre déléguée à la Réadaptation, à la Protection de la jeunesse et à la Santé publique and MNA for Soulanges, will participate in the 2nd rally as a cyclist. “I congratulate the participants, because through them we transmit healthy values to our children. Healthy people make for a healthy society,” she said. Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA for Vaudreuil, will also be present to signal the start of the 20 km as she did last year when she acclaimed the organizers’ initiative and residents’ participation.
In June 2015, for the second year’s version, Guy Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion and President of CLD Vaudreuil-Soulanges, will be honorary president of the event.
A few years ago, Guy Pilon was very active and involved in physical training and competitive sports. However, his many commitments in the community ate into the time he could spend on healthy life habits. He took up the challenge of La Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs by pledging to ride 135 km next June 21 and he included daily exercise in his agenda to maintain his quality of life. By accepting the challenge, in addition to being the honorary president, he is a great ambassador for the Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs project for encouraging Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents to be physically active.
Bikes for local kids
Registration fees are $20 to $30 for adults or $40 for a family, including a souvenir water bottle, healthy snacks on the road and light refreshments at the finish. In its 1st year, the money raised was used to purchase 63 bikes recycled through the Red Zebra social organization that were donated to students from the Trois-Lacs School Board. The meeting between Jean-Noël Bilodeau, CEO of Red Zebra, and Francine St-Denis enabled some beneficiaries and Red Zebra workers to acquire certificates attesting to their training in a semi-skilled trade, a wonderful story of collaboration. In 2015, the goal is to distribute at least 120 bicycles to young people.
Honorary President of the 2nd year of the Grande Boucle des Trois-Lacs