As with most charities, the Charles-Bruneau Foundation has been hit hard by the pandemic. The postponement of the 2020 Tour resulted in a significant loss of income to support the development of projects dedicated to pediatric hemato-oncology.
Despite COVID-19, the Foundation is redoubling its efforts and will be able, in the short term, to honor its commitments to hospitals and various research projects. Now, we must give ourselves the resources and pursue the mission in the medium and long term. In the current context, a revisited formula was essential to present the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau next summer.
We have put all our efforts to reinvent your favorite cycling event while respecting our four fundamental priorities: the safety and health of the participants, the fundraising, the experience of the participants and the outreach of the Foundation and the cause.
The Foundation and the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau steering committee are proud to present you an alternative formula and thank you, dear cyclists, for your commitment to the cause of children with cancer.
The Foundation cannot afford to cancel the Tour for a second consecutive year. We must give ourselves the resources to pursue our long-term mission. Too many families and children are counting on us, on you.
Last summer, the 25th edition of the Tour had to be postponed. The original plan was to copy and paste this formula for 2021, but this is no longer possible since the situation related to the pandemic is still uncertain and it is impossible to predict what awaits us next July.
The Foundation team worked to put in place a revisited formula for the event so that it could take place regardless of the level of alert decreed by the Government next summer.
We started the reflection by identifying the main risk factors: transport and accommodation, as well as the massive gathering on arrival in Boucherville. Based on these restrictions, what formula is possible? One loop, one day.
The Tour has participants from all over Quebec, in which region will these loops be? An in-depth analysis of the places of residence of all our participants shows us that 60% come from Montreal and Montérégie. We therefore decided on the Montérégie region for accessibility and the various trek possibilities offered. This will allow most participants to easily get to their point of departure/arrival by their own means the same morning.
Now, how could we have a loop that stands out from the rest and unites our participants, volunteers and staff? During the analysis of candidate cities, a question arises: could we connect three start/ end points between them and make a single route of less than 150 km? Yes, it is possible by connecting the cities of Saint-Hyacinthe, Rougemont and Bromont.
This is the concept: a cause, a journey.
For participants who were registered for the 2020 Tour, know that the initial formula should finally take place in 2022, if COVID-19 wants it!
Thank you for your support towards your Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau.
The revisited Tour formula has only one trek. All participants registered on a 1-Day, 2-Days, 4-Days or 6-Days trek will therefore do the same loop. A cause, a journey.
There will be three departure/arrival location on the trek: Saint-Hyacinthe, Rougemont and Bromont. Don't worry, the registration assignment to the revisited formula has been made so that the cyclists in your group stay together.
In order to comply with all measures relating to COVID-19, each point of departure/arrival will have a maximum number of participants allowed. Changes will therefore be limited and controlled. The priority will be to offer cyclists the opportunity to ride with their group.
For more information, please contact your trek Coordinator.
The analysis of the places of residence of the participants of the Tour had a significant impact on the revisited formula. More than 60% of cyclists come from Montreal and the South Shore and this explains the choice of the region.
The assignment to the revised formula was made as follows:
The influencing factor in the transfer was the group to which they belong. Year after year, cyclists from across Quebec take part in the Tour for a unique group experience. With this in mind, it was imperative that the 1-Day, 2-Days, 4-Days or 6-Days trek groups stay together.
Naturally, since a passage in these cities was planned, the 6-Days and Generosity trek were twinned in Saint-Hyacinthe and those of the 2-Days Sherbrooke and 1-Day Bromont trek twinned with Bromont. For their part, the 2-Days Quebec, 1-Day Drummondville, 2-Days Gatineau, 1-Day Saint-Eustache and 2-Days Laval trek are twinned from Rougemont.
These transfers will allow us a good balance and an equivalent number of participants at each place of departure/arrival.
Yes. Depending on the level of alert decreed by the Government and the evolution of the situation related to COVID-19 or for any personal reason, the cyclist may request to be transferred to the remote formula.
We will encourage you to keep your initial fundraising goal; the Foundation needs you more than ever.
Any participant whose place of residence is in an orange or red zone will be transferred, if desired, to the remote formula. It is the same if the Montérégie was in the orange or red zone.
Yes. The Tour is also a story of the heart. It is expected that the Child Heroes will be affiliated to the same departure/arrival locations as the participants they were originally matched to.
No. The participant's commitment is to achieve the fundraising objective attached to the trek on which he is registered.
For participants registered on a 2-Days, 4-Days or 6-Days trek, however, we invite you to keep your initial objective; the Foundation needs you more than ever.
Yes. All equipment included with the registration fee will be delivered by mail. The same would apply if you had ordered additional equipment. Each participant will receive a communication requesting confirmation of the order as well as a daytime delivery address.
The uniform unites all participants of the Tour family. Wear it proudly!
Yes. Each participant will receive a communication requesting confirmation of the order. It will be possible to add items to prepare yourself well for the 2021 Tour.
We will have an online store powered by Castelli with, among other things, new accessories to complete your Tour kit and allow you to display your colors even in spring and fall. For each sale, an amount will be donated to the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. Equip yourself!
It is not possible to try on clothes at this time. A fit kit will be available at the Charles-Bruneau Foundation upon receipt of the first order. Please note that we will only be able to offer testing if the COVID-19 situation allows us to do so.
We remind you that the new clothing supplier for the Tour is Castelli and that you can refer to the following size chart (link). If you have any questions, please contact your trek Coordinator.
Yes. If you ordered additional clothing for a 2-Days, 4-Days, or 6-Days trek, we may cancel that order. Any fees overpaid will be deposited into your Tour collection or will be refunded to you.
As a third option, a Tour kit is a great gift!
For remote participation, the participant has two possible options:
The amount varies depending on the equipment provided to the cyclist. The fees are very advantageous since the participant receives, for a registration at $ 80, an equipment value of $ 150 while for a registration at $ 200, the participant receives a value of $ 500.
The promotions that had been applied when registering for courses of 100 km and more for the first time participating in the event, as well as for any registration by a person aged 40 and under will be maintained.
Measures will be put in place to comply with government health recommendations in effect at the time of the event. A document to this effect will be sent to you a few weeks before the start of the Tour.
Yes. We will try to obtain accommodation options, as well as favorable prices for participants. For more information, please contact your trek Coordinator.
According to government recommendations, we encourage you to move around on your own and with respect for distance. Some options are currently being explored for participants farther from the departure/arrival locations. For example, coaches in which distance could be ensured for participants. For more information, please contact your trek Coordinator.
Each departure/arrival location will have a designated parking space that can accommodate cyclists' cars for the full day. As the trek is a loop, you can take your car back at your convenience at the end of the day of the Tour.
Depending on the level of alert decreed by the Government, we will notify the participants. Distancing must be respected at all departure/arrival sites.
The final ceremony is part of the DNA of the Tour. At the end of the day, we will present a virtual ceremony to reveal the amount that has been raised. More details to come.
Yes. Our revised formula will meet all public health standards. Our priority is to provide a safe event for all participants.
In order to comply with the guidelines established by the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes, which governs the practice of cycling disciplines, in the green or yellow zone, pelotons of 10 cyclists will be authorized (unlike the usual 15). You will be asked to ride in single file at all times and to keep a distance of 2 m with other participants during breaks. When cycling, a distance of 20 cm should be maintained with the cyclist's wheel in front. Wearing a mask is not required when cyclists are on a bicycle, but it is obviously possible to wear it for those who wish. Zones will be established for each of the pelotons at the departure/arrival sites as well as at the stops.
No. In order to comply with the guidelines established by the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes, which governs the practice of cycling disciplines, in the green or yellow zone, pelotons of 10 cyclists will be authorized. Instead of a single peloton escorted by the police, we will form small peloton of cyclists and our supervisors will ensure safety on the road.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.