Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Mont-Ste-Anne hosted Stage Three. It in­cluded old-school XC trails as well as fast, flowy En­duro trails with op­tions for air and style. The route in­cluded nu­mer­ous well-known trails, in­clud­ing Péné­lope, Viet­nam and l’Échap­pée. At the top of Mont-Ste-Anne, the view of the St. Lawrence River and sur­round­ing area was quite breath­tak­ing. I slowed my pace and soaked in the sights for a few sec­onds be­fore drop­ping into the Viet­nam trail for a high-speed de­scent.

Af­ter fol­low­ing the rib­bons of the Que­bec Singletrack Ex­pe­ri­ence for some 44 kilo­me­tres, we were di­rected to en­ter the World Cup

XCO course. Mak­ing the turn onto the trails bor­dered by Shi­mano race-tape gave me goose­bumps. The first World Cup sec­tion was im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized by its S-école berms. I was sur­prised at the steep­ness of these short S-turns and the G-force that was cre­ated as I carved the turns. A short grassy climb took me up to a fly­over, and as I crested the top, I caught a glimpse of the fin­ish line and my heart raced. As I ap­proached the World Cup fin­ish line, I zipped up my jersey and tears filled my eyes. In 25+ years of moun­tain-bike rac­ing, this is a mo­ment I will never for­get. This stage can be summed up by say­ing it was a bucket-list ride with a dream fin­ish.

Fol­low­ing each stage we en­joyed su­perb meals that in­cluded fab­u­lous deserts.

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