Côte Camillien Houde

Montréal, Canada

The Côte Camillien Houde is a col with a length of 1.6 kilometer. This is a category 4 col. It is located in Montréal, QC, Canada. The average grade of this col is 7% with a maximum of 9.2%. The Côte Camillien Houde ascents from 83 meter at the start, to 202 meter at the top, with a total of 119 ascending meters.


Côte Camillien Houde Profile


Distance 1.6 km
Elevation gain 119 m
Average grade 7 %
Maximum grade 9.2 %
Climb category 4
Minimum elevation 83 m
Maximum elevation 202 m

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The road was constructed in 1958. The Camillien-Houde Way was named in honor of Camillien Houde, who was mayor of Montreal from 1928 to 1932, 1934 to 1936, 1938 to 1940, and finally from 1944 to 1954. Mayor during the Great Depression, he was responsible for many construction projects to occupy the unemployed, such as the Botanical Garden, the Mount Royal and La Fontaine Park cottages, viaducts, public baths and vespasians, nicknamed Camillians in his honor.

An accident that claimed the life of a cyclist in 2017 caused city hall to consider the future use of the track. It is then proposed to ban cars from the road. In 2018, from June to October, a 500-metre section is prohibited for cars.

In 2010 (in the first edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal) the Dutchman Robert Gesink attacked on the climb of the Côte Camillien-Houde in the last round. David De La Fuente tried to follow, but nobody could go along with the tall Dutchman. In the background they tried to close the gap, but Gesink held out until the finish.
Also in the 2011 edition, the climb proved to be decisive, Rui Costa attacked in the last lap with some companions, and won the race eventually.

- UCI Road World Championships 1974
- Montreal 1976 Olympic Road Race 1976
- Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 2010-2019