Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Stage Four in­cluded an un­ex­pected venue – it was held en­tirely on Cana­dian Forces Base Val­cartier. With mil­i­tary he­li­copters buzzing over­head and live gun­fire in the dis­tance, we were fully im­mersed in what seemed like a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise. This short stage of 24 kilo­me­tres was filled with punchy climbs and twisty singletrack. As a B.C. boy, I’m used to my twisty singletrack de­scend­ing down the side of a moun­tain. How­ever in to­day’s stage, the trail weaved across the for­est floor. Nu­mer­ous On­tario rid­ers in­di­cated that it was just like home and they were ab­so­lutely fly­ing in this ter­rain.

Fol­low­ing the stage, we were served a first-class meal and free beer from Boréale. The high­light was a low-level hover of a mil­i­tary he­li­copter over the lake just me­tres from the shore. On a day when tem­per­a­tures were top­ping 30°C, the breezy mist kicked up by the chop­per’s prop wash was as cool­ing as it was de­light­ful.

Our even­ing fin­ished with a din­ner at the Que­bec City cruise-ship ter­mi­nal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The food was plen­ti­ful and de­li­cious, and in­cluded an ap­pe­tizer course with sal­ads, a main course of beef with mush­room sauce over rice with fresh veg­eta­bles and, fi­nally, desserts in­clud­ing choco­late cake and ap­ple crum­ble. Fol­low­ing din­ner, rid­ers moved to the ter­race to watch the fire­works show on the St. Lawrence River. A per­fect party end­ing to a very fun day.

LB Cy­cle “Dig­gers” trail crew cheer­ing us on.

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