Mississauga hosts one of Ontario’s largest non-competitive cycling events next month

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Published August 23, 2022 at 4:59 pm

Mississauga hosts one of Ontario's largest non-competitive cycling events next month

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, Sept. 18 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 in an email advisory today (Aug. 23). “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 the day of the event, 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 and includes an entry fee for those aged 17 and up. Participants who are 16 and under can take part in the ride for free when they register by Sept. 7.

Those who register by Aug. 31 will receive a $5 discount on their registration (use promo code tour2022). During registration, participants will select their route distance of choice.

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

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