Cyclists of all ages and abilities head out on Tour de Mississauga this weekend


Published September 16, 2022 at 11:46 am


It might not be the Tour de France, but Mississauga has its own version of a large-scale cycling event and it takes place this Sunday (Sept. 18).

The Tour de Mississauga, the city’s biggest cycling event, returns this year to its regular format after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Mississauga officials say the 15th annual event will take place on Sunday beginning at Celebration Square in the city’s downtown core.

“The Tour de Mississauga provides an opportunity for those of all ages and cycling abilities to get outside, get active, show community pride and safely enjoy biking in Mississauga,” a City spokesperson said earlier. “The event is great for families with young children, those who are new to riding a bike as well as more advanced riders. This year, participants can choose from five different route options that start from Mississauga Celebration Square and showcase Mississauga’s cycling infrastructure.”

According to the City, the Tour de Mississauga has grown into one of Ontario’s largest non-competitive cycling events.

Participants can choose from 5 km, 10 km, 25 km, 50 km and 100 km route options. The rides will take place along on-road bike lanes, shared pathways, multi-use trails and some roads that will be closed to vehicles.

Peel Regional Police, Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles and bike mechanics will be set up at various points along the routes.

“This level of support makes this the perfect event for families and those who want to increase their ride distance,” City officials say.

On race day, the routes will be active and marked from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and riders will depart in staggered starts.

Participants in the 100 km route will start at 8 a.m. followed by those in the 50 km (9 a.m.), 25 km (9:30 a.m.), 10 km (10 a.m.) and 5 km (10:30 a.m.).

Start times are subject to change.

Registration is required in order to participate. Online registration closes today (Sept. 16) at 4 p.m., but people may also register in person on Sunday.

After the ride, participants can enjoy a finish line festival with music, local entertainment and vendors at Celebration Square.

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