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La Course des Morts this week

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The annual Course des Morts bike race is taking place once again this year on October 31st.  As usual, it’s open to anyone who wants to race for a small entrance fee (I did it a couple years ago and I think it cost $20 which included a pretty nice t-shirt).  It’s usually a pretty tough race but it’s a lot of fun and a great way to see parts of the city you might not otherwise get to.  The race is a mix between a scavenger hunt and a normal working day for a courrier.  You’re given a list of clues or specific locations for checkpoints, you make your own route and go from there.  When I raced a couple years ago, my route took me from Old Montreal to the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetary to Parc LaFontaine as well as places I had never been such as Redpath Crecent and the Westmount lookout on the Mountain which was great for someone who had only lived in the city for a little over a year.  Don’t worry if you don’t finish, most people don’t.  Just be prepared to be exhausted at the end.

The meet-up is at 4h00 at 1297 chemin de la Forêt at the entrance to the cemetary.  It’s reccommended that you take a bag of some sort and a lock.  A pen will also come in very handy.  For more information, visit the Belleville Cycle Co-op’s website at


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