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How to get there I drove to the base camp in Que­bec City, as did many other com­peti­tors. For those who flew to the Que­bec air­port, a shut­tle bus was avail­able to bring them di­rectly to the camp.

Where to stay There are three of­fi­cial op­tions for ac­com­mo­da­tion. The base camp is lo­cated at the main hub for the event. Tents are pro­vided. The camp is near a road­way, so bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. Cam­pers stay on the prop­erty of Col­lège Mérici and have ac­cess to show­ers and bath­rooms inside the near­est col­lege build­ing. Dorm rooms are avail­able at Mérici, which al­low for easy ac­cess to laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties. The Château Fron­tenac is the lo­ca­tion for those want­ing the full ho­tel pack­age. A shut­tle bus helps cover the 20-minute walk from the ho­tel in a frac­tion of the time. Some event en­trants opted to se­cure their own nearby ac­com­mo­da­tion through Airbnb. Where to eat The base camp is home to cater­ing ser­vices and a small bar serv­ing wine and Boréale beer, an event spon­sor. Opt­ing for a restau­rant meal was easy to do. The Old City of Que­bec, where there are many din­ing op­tions, is just a 20-minute walk from the base camp.

Where to find sup­port The qse part­nered with the Hype Ski Vélo bike shop ( hy­peskivelo.com) to help pro­vide me­chan­i­cal sup­port dur­ing the event. For a small fee, rid­ers could pay to have Hype main­tain their bikes af­ter each stage, a good idea for those who would rather fast track to end-of-stage cel­e­bra­tions. Hype also had a small se­lec­tion of parts and ac­ces­sories avail­able for pur­chase in the base camp and could have items de­liv­ered from the store with ease.

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