Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Stage Two took us from Saint Ray­mond to Val­lée Bras-du-Nord. En­ter­ing the start town, the her­itage of the lum­ber in­dus­try was ev­i­dent in the pic­turesque homes and build­ings lin­ing the streets. The lo­cal trail­builders and com­pa­nies pro­mot­ing all things out­doors did a won­der­ful job of putting to­gether a fun, chal­leng­ing net­work of moun­tain-bike trails.

On this day, we en­joyed two dis­tinct trail sys­tems – Mount Laura and Le Suisse Moun­tain, with a sec­tion of chal­leng­ing dou­ble­track con­nect­ing the ar­eas. The timed de­scent put a smile on the face of ev­ery rider. Fast swoop­ing berms and pump-track-style sec­tions were su­per-tacky, al­low­ing for max­i­mum speed and en­joy­ment. The trail fin­ished up with a dozen per­fectly built table­tops. For those want­ing to let it fly, there were plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for se­ri­ous air. Oth­ers had the op­tion of rolling up and over them at a con­trolled pace.

The high­light of the stage for me was get­ting into a group of four rid­ers within the first three kilo­me­tres and stay­ing to­gether un­til the fin­ish. In our group, each rider had their strengths and weak­nesses, but as a “team,” we were stronger, rode faster and had more fun than any of us could have done in­di­vid­u­ally. Many thanks to Mark and Bill (Wye­vale, Ont.) and Bevin (Toronto, Ont.) for mak­ing it a most mem­o­rable day.

The QSE trails of­fered an amaz­ing va­ri­ety of

su­perb singletrack.

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