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.