2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
road-racing

2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

Sunday - September 14, 2014 - Montreal

Why was Ted King carrying four boxes of nutritional bars up to his room the night before the race? Did he just sit and eat those in his room instead of going to team dinner?

RACE BIBLE
Start
Montreal
Finish
Montreal
Distance
205.7km
Winning Time
5:24:27
Top Four Finishers
  1. Simon Gerrans, Orica-GreenEDGE
  2. Rui Costa, Lampre-Merida
  3. Tony Gallopin, Lotto-Belisol
  4. Ramūnas Navardauskas, Garmin-Sharp
Course Description

The race consisted of 17 laps of a circuit 12.1 km (7.5 mi) in length, and followed the same path as the 2011 edition. The circuit, around the main campus of the Université de Montréal, was well-suited for climbers and punchers with three climbs per lap. The finish was on an uphill climb with a small gradient of 4%, that was located on Avenue du Parc. There was a sharp, 180 degrees bend to the right situated 500 meters away from the line. The total vertical climb of the race was 3,893 meters. The major difficulties were:

 

  • Kilometer 2: Côte Camilien-Houde: 1,8 kilometers, average gradient of 8%
  • Kilometer 6: Côte de la Polytechnque: 780 meters, average gradient of 6% with a pass of 200 meters at 11%
  • Kilometer 11: Avenue du Parc: 560 meters, average gradient of 4%
IMontreal Fast Facts
  1. Second largest city in Canada and the eight largest in North America.
  2. Population: 1,649,519 (2011 census).
  3. French is the city’s official language and is spoken at home by 56.9% of the population.
  4. Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
  5. The Montreal Canadiens have ongoing hockey rivalries with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
  6. Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.
  7. On average it snows 60 days a year in Montreal.
  8. There are 4,445 licensed taxis in Montreal.
  9. No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal Mountain (the city’s namesake).
IIMontreal's Sister Cities
  1. Algiers, Algeria
  2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. Beersheba, Israel
  4. Brussels, Belgium
  5. Bucharest,
  6. Busan, South Korea
  7. Casablanca, Morocco
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Hiroshima, Japan
  10. Nashik, India
  11. Lyon, France
  12. Managua, Nicaragua
  13. Manila, Philippines
  14. Milan, Italy
  15. Moca, Dominican Republic
  16. Paris, France
  17. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  18. Rome, Italy
  19. San Salvador, El Salvador
  20. Shanghai, China
  21. Tunis, Tunisia
  22. Santo André, Brazil
  23. Yerevan, Armenia
IIIThe Mayors of Montreal
Listed Chronologically
  1. Jacques Viger
  2. Peter McGill
  3. Joseph Bourret
  4. James Ferrier
  5. John Easton Mills
  6. Édouard-Raymond Fabre
  7. Charles Wilson
  8. Wolfred Nelson
  9. Henry Starnes
  10. Charles-Séraphin Rodier
  11. Jean-Louis Beaudry
  12. William Workman
  13. Charles-Joseph Coursol
  14. Francis Cassidy
  15. Aldis Bernard
  16. William Hales Hingston
  17. Sévère Rivard
  18. Honoré Beaugrand
  19. John Caldwell Abbott
  20. Jacques Grenier
  21. James McShane
  22. Alphonse Desjardins
  23. Joseph-Octave Villeneuve
  24. Richard Wilson-Smith
  25. Raymond Préfontaine
  26. James Cochrane
  27. Hormidas Laporte
  28. Henry Archer Ekers
  29. Louis Payette
  30. James John Edmund Guerin
  31. Louis-Arsène Lavallée
  32. Médéric Martin
  33. Charles Duquette
  34. Camillien Houde
  35. Fernand Rinfret
  36. Adhémar Raynault
  37. Jean Drapeau
  38. Sarto Fournier
  39. Jean Doré
  40. Pierre Bourque
  41. Gérald Tremblay
  42. Michael Applebaum
  43. Laurent Blanchard
  44. Denis Coderre
IVFAMOUS PEOPLE FROM MONTREAL
Listed in no particular order
  1. Scott Abbott – co-inventor of Trivial Pursuit.
  2. René Angélil – singer, actor, husband/manager of Celine Dion.
  3. Melissa Auf der Maur – rock musician (bass player in the band Hole).
  4. Lanny Barbie – porn star.
  5. Chris Benoit – pro wrestler.
  6. Maurice “Mom” Boucher – ex-leader of Hells Angels.
  7. Kenneth “Kenny” Brain – Big Brother Canada contestant.
  8. Steven Cojocaru – fashion critic.
  9. Glen Drover – guitarist for Megadeth.
  10. Shawn Drover – drummer for Megadeth.
  11. Ralph Gilles – designer of the Chrysler 300C.
  12. Annie Grenier – AKA “Annie Brocoli” (Children’s performer).
  13. Kevin McDonald – actor/comedian/voice actor, member of The Kids in the Hall.
  14. William Shatner – actor, best known for playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek.
VMFS RACE NOTES BY KLAUS
  1. There’s something slightly unsettling about walking into your room at Hotel Espresso in Montreal, putting your bags down, and hearing the sounds of someone potentially being molested in some fashion through the AC vents. Similarly, there’s something unusual about hearing the people in the room upstairs walk around in high heels at four in the morning as the smell of cigarette smoke wafts in through the previously-mentioned vents.
  2. Observation: since his death, Casey Kasem has traveled to more countries than some members of the Manual for Speed staff.
  3. Astana’s Janez Brajkovič looks like an oversized banana when wearing his bright yellow, team-issue winter jacket.
  4. Why was Ted King carrying four boxes of nutritional bars up to his room the night before the race? Did he just sit and eat those in his room instead of going to team dinner?
  5. Garmina, our GPS’ female voice, has a fantastic way of mispronouncing every single French street name, primarily by putting the accent in eight different places all at once.
  6. Parking signs in Montreal state what time, day of the week and month you can and cannot park in a particular spot. We also believe that there’s a parking spot near a not-so-great Indian restaurant we ate at that is only available for public use during Mardi Gras.
  7. Pros—they’re just like us, or at least they have to deal with the same mundane problems that all of us put up with. During the race, we overheard riders discussing the following topics among themselves:
    • Having to deal with a flooded basement.
    • Buying a new washer dryer set.
    • Experiencing deplorable customer service with a new bank.
  8. The mandatory meeting that photographers are forced to attend is not very helpful because it’s in French.
  9. At times during the meeting it sounds like someone is up on stage mocking French speakers, making pseudo-French sounds in a potentially xenophobic fashion. And then you realize that they are just speaking French.
  10. There’s nothing like putting a piece of tape on an expensive lens, and thus converting into a much cheaper version of itself.
  11. Cameras on long sticks are the new iPads at races.
  12. Guy in the woods found a 1644 Morningstar.
  13. Crazy guy who talked a lot:
    • “Journalists who are kidnapped should have their ransoms covered by the newspapers they work with.”
    • “We are going back to how we were during the middle ages. Today, even Protestants are out of control, while American leadership is a concern.”
  14. “Feed Zone!” wass easily the most important aspect of the race to the Montréalais, and which “Feed Zone!” we were asked about every five minutes by all kinds of people, and were in turn told about (especially its location) by nearly as many people nearly as often. One member of the audience, asked about the “Feed Zone’s!” location, but refused to tell us why he wanted to know where it was, that was his secret.
  15. Nothing is as satisfying as being photobombed by a race director when trying to take a selfie with a podium girl (see below).
  16. Yes, there’s a Leica cycling cap.
VIOFFICIAL Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal MFS PLAYLIST
VIIThe Start
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"In the Venn diagram of life that reads in one circle “People who graduate college” and “professional cyclists” in the other, there isn’t much overlap — like, I think there are maybe six of us."
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According to Digital Photo Secrets, the most important things to do when taking a selfie are: know your good angle, use good light, use a filter from a photo app, don't be too serious, but don't overdo it.
VIIIThe Race
Stop motion is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move.
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"Air guitar with a lens" generated 2,620,000 results on Google.
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In Montreal, it's illegal to make a right turn on red. MFS did not find this out until after the trip, and well after several illegal right hand turns were made during said trip.
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Mount Royal Park consists of three peaks: Colline de la Croix, Colline d'Outremont and Westmount Summit.
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Regulations for garbage collection in Montreal: Place garabage in a bag with no holes, measuring at least 65 x 90 cm, with a capacity of at most 80 liters.
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Binoculars can be Galilean or Keplerian in their design.
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Opus bikes, founded in 2000, 11,895 likes on Facebook.
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An attaché case gets its name as it was traditionally used by an "attaché", a diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate abroad.
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With the advent of LED technology, large video screens now take as little as half an hour to set up.
IXThe Finish
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Rougemont have been "The apple juice specialists in Quebec since 1959."
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