Today, about 20 police officers, cyclists and volunteers left Montreal for the 22nd edition of the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM) Police Officers’ Bike Tour at Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre. They will over 1,100 km across Quebec to raise funds for Défi sportif AlterGo’s young athletes with functional limitations. From August 20–25, the Tour will make stops successively at Venise-en-Québec, Lennoxville, Thetford, Charny, Shawinigan, and Longueuil.

Mr. Hadrien Parizeau, executive committee’s associate consultant for youth, sports and recreation, Mr. Jocelyn Pauzé, a consultant for Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough, as well as Mrs. Tina Del Duca, assistant director at Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre,  took part in the event in an effort to support police officers. A group of young athletes from the CRME were also present to encourage and thank police officers for their generosity.

This is the 5th year that profits from the SPVM Police Officers’ Bike Tour are donated to the youth section of Défi sportif AlterGo. Mr. Andy Fréchette, SPVM police officer who has been participating in the Bike Tour for 12 years, emphasizes the benefits of collaborating with Défi sportif AlterGo. “We are delighted to be one of Défi sportif AlterGo’s esteemed partners. This cause is close to our hearts! Witnessing the pride and accomplishment of Défi sportif AlterGo’s young participants motivates us to get involved year after year. Being able to contribute to their development is gratifying,” says sergeant Fréchette.

Director of Défi sportif AlterGo, Mr. Maxime Gagnon, joined the cyclists for a third consecutive year to promote a healthy lifestyle. “It’s always a pleasure to participate in the Bike Tour! This activity helps to facilitate the participation in Défi sportif AlterGo for many young people with disabilities from all over Quebec. For them, Défi sportif AlterGo is just as big as the Paralympic Games and it is also an occasion to excel and express their full potential,” he stated while mounting his bicycle.

“Their unprecedented commitment speaks volumes to the SPVM officers’ desire to help facilitate access to sports for young people with functional limitations. We are proud of this collaboration,” Mr. Gagnon added.

About SPVM Police Officers’ Bike Tour

Founded in 1996, the SPVM Police Officers’ Bike Tour aims to contribute to and support the development of young people with special needs. Since its creation, the initiative has benefited several causes, including Défi sportif AlterGo. This year, the 22nd edition of the SPVM Cycling Tour is organized for the benefit of Défi sportif AlterGo’s young athletes with functional limitations and is made possible thanks to the support and generous collaboration of various companies, including Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières, Amir and Jakroo.

About Défi sportif AlterGo

Established in 1984, Défi sportif AlterGo is Canada’s largest annual multi-sport event. Défi sportif AlterGo contributes to Montreal’s reputation as an inclusive city whose sports facilities allow all athletes to express their potential. In 2018, the event welcomed more than 6,000 young athletes with functional limitations from across Quebec. For more information about the SPVM Cycling Tour or to make a donation, visit our website at www.defisportif.com.