From the Olympic rings in Montreal to the Olympic flame in Vancouver: thirty cyclists cross the finish line after covering more than 2,220 km

VANCOUVER, June 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The young participants in The Great Canadian Ride / La Grande Traversée (LGT) crossed the finish line after covering more than 300 km in the last section from Kelowna to Vancouver. The total distance covered in the relay was more than 2,200 km across Canada from east to west.

For its fourth year, The Great Canadian Ride / La Grande Traversée highlighted the Olympic year, kicking off at Montreal's Olympic Stadium and finishing the cycling relay at the 2010 Winter Olympic flame in Vancouver. Once again this year, participants had an opportunity to ride alongside world-class athletes including Jean-Luc Brassard, Joé Juneau, David Veilleux, Maelle Ricker and Clara Hughes.

All along the route, the Great Canadian Ride / La Grande Traversée team spread its message promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles, presenting the young cyclists as ambassadors of LGT and encouraging everyone to follow their example and set out on the road to better health. LGT founder Laurent Brisebois explained to the youth how LGT is also a winning formula that they can apply in other areas of their lives.

"The secret for successfully completing a 100-km cycling trip is the same as for passing a math exam. It's working on it every day, making a long-term plan, and adjusting it as you go. We use the bicycle as a model that we can transfer to other areas of life."

The 2016 event has been a great success. All the young people throughout the relay were able to excel and reach the goals they had set for themselves. The weather also cooperated this year, and the cyclists didn't experience more than a few drops of rain.

La Grande Traversée
The Great Canadian Ride / La Grande Traversée is a national cycling relay that began in 2013 with 51 participants. In 2014 it grew to a 5-week event between Victoria, British Columbia and Quebec City. Two hundred participants from all over Canada took up the challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Great Canadian Ride has more than 200 participants.  The cyclists will cover a 2,200-km route from east to west in thirty days, creating ambassadors for healthy lifestyles in the schools they visit along the way.

SOURCE Conseil scolaire francophone de la C.-B.

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Image with caption: "La Grande Traversée (CNW Group/Conseil scolaire francophone de la C.-B.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160618_C8863_PHOTO_EN_717096.jpg



For further information: Pascale Cyr, Public relations, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique / La Grande Traversée, 778-840-2733, pascale_cyr@csf.bc.ca

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