The Défi Vélo (Cycling Challenge) of the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Suroît raised more than $ 26,615. It is therefore a resounding success for a very special house edition.
The event took place from August 1st to August 31st . For the occasion, the Défi Vélo was presented in a different and special form in order to ensure compliance with the health measures in effect. In fact, cyclists had the whole month of August to cycle individually on one of the region’s cycle paths or even directly from their homes on their stationary bikes.
“Given the current sanitary measures, it was impossible for the Fondation to organize a large gathering as usual. But the mobilization of the cycling community has been unprecedented. With more than 121 cyclists of all ages and more than 16,100 km ridden on the most beautiful roads of the Suroît, we are extremely proud to announce that more than $ 26,615 was raised for this edition of the Défi Vélo. When cycling is a passion and the health of local people is dear to us, we always find a way to surpass ourselves”, says Michèle Cyr-Lemieux, Executive Director of the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Suroît.
The revisited version of the Défi Vélo has brought together cyclists from all over the region who have braved the hot summer weather on the paths along the roads of the region’s three RCMs: Beauharnois-Salaberry, Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Haut-Saint-Laurent.
It should be noted that for the first time, the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Suroît was able to count on the participation of an 89-year-old cyclist. Gérard Racine wanted to participate in the Défi Vélo riding his electric bicycle and he raised more than $ 220 to improve health care for seniors.
This very successful edition of the Défi Vélo has raised more than $ 26,615 which will allow the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Suroît to continue to contribute to the improvement of health care but also to allow innovative projects to see the light of day in the community.
The Fondation would like to thank its excellent ambassadors: Mélanie Boucher, Martin Lamontagne, Amélie Lalonde, Pascale Nadeau, Jean Bissonnette and Guy de Repentigny. In addition, special thanks are given to the valuable partners.
The Fondation is proud and optimistic to announce that the event will return for its 10th edition next year. It invites the public to stay tuned to find out what’s new in this edition, which is as special as the previous one, as well as to take part in pre-registrations.