Every year, the big names in international cycling compete in two road races, one in Quebec city and the other in Montreal. The races are part of the UCI world tour calendar and for spectators it is a chance to see some great riders in action close up.
After our picnic lunch, accompanied again by a friendly but annoying wasp, we split up, Austin and Michael going for a forest walk (Austin not being that interested in standing around waiting for riders to cycle past!), and I to walk along the race track. The route had been cordoned off with fences all the way to the top of the mont and then the downhill was out of bounds for spectators. I decided to wander up to the top and along the way stopped to watch and cheer the racers along when I heard the sirens of the leading police motorcycles.
There weren't that many people so it was really pleasant to be able to move around and see the racers up close from different parts of the course. I remember when we were in France in 2003 and 2004 and we followed the Tour de France around like crazy people trying to find roads that weren't blocked off so that we could catch a glimpse as the riders zoomed past. Once they'd gone and the commercial cars had passed, it was all over for the day. (You can read about our first crazy experience trying to follow the Tour in my blog post Tourers de France on my old and long dead blog called French Routes, a collection of edited emails I sent home at the time about living in France. Go easy, I was young and mental back then!)
I didn't, however, do what others were doing on the climb where there was no fence; run alongside the riders and cheer them on in their ear and push their seats thinking it would help them up the hill. I saw one rider nearly fall because of a crazy drunk dude doing that.