The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal along with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec held two days earlier, also known as the "Laurentian Classics", are the only stops in North America for the UCI World Tour. As of today, no cyclist has achieved a Laurentian double by winning both the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec in the same year.
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal is not like many single day events, a point to point race, but a circuit based race. The riders race for 17 laps on a 12,1 km long circuit. Each lap of the circuit requires completing three climbs on the slopes around Mount Royal: Côte Camilien-Houde (1,8km long and 8% average grade), Côte de la Polytechnique (780m long and 6% average grade) and Avenue du Parc (560m long and 4% average grade). The finish is uphill on the Avenue du Parc.