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Gilles Duceppe and Pierre Karl Péladeau set off on pre-campaign bike ride

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

Pair of political leaders will ride through several Quebec communities a day

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, left, talks with Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau prior to setting off on their bicycles in Repentigny, Que., on Wednesday. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

As rumours of a weekend federal electoral campaign launch continue to swirl, Bloc Québécois 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-Rivières by the end of the day.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, left, sets off on a bike tour with Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau on Wednesday. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
His cycling companion is Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau 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. Péladeau 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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