Friday, May 22, 2009

Ride around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve race track

Montreal's strangest real estate

The dome,the dome, bucky's giant dome

Downtown view from point on track where path enters from Pont Victoria Bridge/Voie Maritime bike path.

We went for a little ride around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today once the sun started to shine. With no F1 grand-prix freakshow this year, there is no race-preparation activities to interfere with excellent car-free cycling.

We rode across the Pont Jacques Cartier bridge to Ile-Sainte-Helene and across the access to Ile Notre Dame where the race track is. Then.... we pedalled, and we pedalled, and then we pedalled harder and faster. As we rode around the track (trying hard to stay over 30 km/h), we did enjoy the excellent views of the downtown Montreal skyline and Mont Royal across the St-laurence river.

Note: the previously free parking at the east side of Ile Notre Dame has been discovered by Parking Montreal, and this means it is now a pay parking lot. Those thieves!


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