Duceppe, Peladeau take pre-campaign bike ride through Quebec

Duceppe expected to travel some 100 kilometres, be in Trois-Rivieres by the end of the day

REPENTIGNY, Que. – As rumours of a weekend federal electoral campaign launch continue to swirl, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has already hit the road — on a bicycle.

Duceppe left the Montreal-area town of Repentigny this morning and is expected to travel some 100 kilometres and be in Trois-Rivieres by the end of the day.

His cycling companion is Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau and the two will ride through several communities on a day when temperatures are expected to reach 30 C.

Both of the sovereigntist leaders are experienced cyclists. Peladeau made headlines after being injured in a bicycle crash in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in May 2014.

Duceppe says he is in good shape as he seeks to silence critics who have questioned his decision to return to politics at the age of 68.

He is often quoted as saying he cycles 20 kilometres a day in the summer and rides a stationary bicycle in the winter to keep fit.

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