Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Sen­tiers du Moulin hosted the first stage of the in­au­gu­ral Que­bec Singletrack Ex­pe­ri­ence. The or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ated like a well-oiled ma­chine. Break­fast was served, buses were loaded and a short 30-minute bus trans­fer had us at the venue. When we ar­rived, our bikes were ready and wait­ing, as was a spec­tac­u­lar rib­bon of 95% singletrack. Raphael Gagné, Cana­dian Olympian and Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­ist, was at the start to wel­come us to his home trails. Many of us would travel to Mont-Ste-Anne (MSA) on the fi­nal day of the Que­bec Singletrack Ex­pe­ri­ence to watch Gagné take on the best rid­ers in the world at the MSA World Cup XCO – some­thing that I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to.

The stage was a 15.3-kilo­me­tre loop and was run as a Pro­logue, with rid­ers start­ing four at a time in 15-sec­ond in­ter­vals to al­le­vi­ate any bot­tle­necks. As much as one might like to start a seven-day event at a con­trolled pace, the Pro­logue had many rid­ers, in­clud­ing my­self, go­ing full gas from the start.

Each day was an ad­ven­ture that put a smile on ev­ery rider’s face.

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