Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Stage Five at Lac Beau­port be­gan on the trails of the Cen­tre d’en­traine­ment Cy­cliste Raphael Gagné on the slopes of Mont du Do­maine. The fa­cil­ity is ab­so­lutely top­notch, with a num­ber of rid­ers tak­ing ad­van­tage of a pre-stage cap­puc­cino or espresso at the Siberia Café.

The high­light of the day for me would come at the top of the timed de­scent. As I ap­proached the crest of the hill, there was the im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz­able sound of chain­saws. Round­ing the fi­nal cor­ner of the climb, the smell of two-stroke ex­haust filled the air and the noise was un­real. This was full-on “World Cup DH-style” may­hem, and the crew pro­vid­ing us with this rush of adren­a­line was a group of young boys from the LB Cy­cle “Dig­gers” trail crew. They are pas­sion­ate fans of the sport, and with trails of the qual­ity they are build­ing, it won’t be long be­fore they will be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Cana­dian leg­end Steve “Chain­saw Mas­sacre” Smith.

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