La Course des Morts this week

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 bellevillecycle.com.

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