QUE­BEC

LE PTIT TRAIN DU NORD

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY MAGHALIE RO­CHETTE

Que­bec is not known for hav­ing par­tic­u­larly huge moun­tains. Nonethe­less, theQue­bec is not known for hav­ing par­tic­u­larly huge moun­tains. Nonethe­less, the prov­ince has count­less amaz­ing moun­tain-bike trail net­works where you’ll find your­self sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful forests, rip­ping on dirt and play­ing around on roots and rocks.

With so many fun places to ride, it’s hard to choose just one route, but close to where I live, in the re­gion of the Lau­ren­tians just north of Mon­treal, is a dirt path called “Le Ptit train du Nord,” and it is one I al­ways en­joy rid­ing. Le Ptit train du Nord is ap­prox­i­mately 200 kilo­me­tres long and fol­lows the Rouge River. You can be­gin the ride any­where on it and con­nect to many ad­di­tional trails.

I sug­gest start­ing at the old Ste-Adele train sta­tion, with its free park­ing and close prox­im­ity to good food and a cool bike shop. From there, ride ap­prox­i­mately two kilo­me­tres, mostly up­hill, to reach the first trail net­work, the MICA, which be­gins in the yard of Au­gustin Nor­bert Morin High School. The trails here are fun, fast, flowy and full of roots.

Once done ex­plor­ing there, ride ap­prox­i­mately five min­utes to­ward Mont Chante­cler. This trail net­work is ex­tremely well mapped and well main­tained, mak­ing it easy to ex­plore with­out be­com­ing lost. The trails at Chante­cler will have you climb­ing up and rip­ping down short, steep hills cov­ered in roots and rocks. They are su­per-fun for ev­ery level of rider, but be­come more chal­leng­ing with speed.

Af­ter that, hit the road again for ap­prox­i­mately five min­utes to join the 40/80 trail net­work to do at least one run of the berms and the jump-filled but still ac­ces­si­ble down­hill – sure to put a smile on your face!

If it is a hot sum­mer day, like me, end your ride with a quick dip in Lac Rond.

Le Ptit train du Nord in the Lau­ren­tians is 200 kilo­me­tres long and su­per-fun with trails that ap­peal to ev­ery level of rider.

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