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.