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August 10 2015

The MardisCyclistes of Lachine

By Gilles Dubien – Alliance Auto Groupe

The MardisCyclistes of Lachine

The Mardis Cyclistes present themselves on the streets of the Lachine borough. This competition spans over ten weeks, and each race takes place every Tuesday night in June, July, and August. The start and finish lines are located in front of the LaSalle Park's stadium, on 10th Avenue, between St-Antoine and Victoria streets. The distance of the race consists of one mile or 1.62 km per lap. It is a flat race and it has four left turns at a 90 degree angle with a slight inclination of 5%. 

Joseph ''Tino'' Rossi founded the Lachine Mardis Cyclistes in 1978. At the beginning, there was less than 10 competitors in the race. Since the foundation, the Mardis Cyclistes organization has never ceased to evolve. The event most likely would never have survived this long without its maestro and leader. The person to whom we gave the friendly nickname, ''Toni,'' has impressed many over the years through his perseverence, his involvement, but mostly due to his passion. His passion, as you may have guessed, is cycling.

Since 2009, the competition consists of 5 different programs: the Women's Cup (17h 15), the Men's Cup (17 h15), the Men's Cadet Cup (18h), the Women's Cadet Cup (18h), and finally the Pro-Elite Cup (19h). A point system is used for the rankings. Points are given to the first 10 who cross the intermediary sprint (all five laps) at the front (10, 9, 8, 7...), as well as at te end of the race (100, 90, 80...). 

Close to 200 competitors compete for victory every week, while tens of thousands of people attend the competitions annually. 

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