STAGE 7

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

For the fi­nal stage in Lac-De­lage, emo­tions were run­ning high for rid­ers as well as the lo­cal trail crew. A dra­matic change in the weather took us from 30°C sun­shine to 20°C and rain. With epic rain overnight, the lo­cal or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee had to make the call to reroute the stage.

The orig­i­nal plan was to have us ride a brand-new trail named the Ka­masu-trail, how­ever send­ing us down it in the pour­ing rain would have caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. Rid­ers were very un­der­stand­ing about the re­quire­ment to shorten the stage by three kilo­me­tres. In fact, there was quite a loud cheer from the back of the pack when it was an­nounced. For me, the day was about the peo­ple, the new friends who were made on the trail, at the break­fast ta­ble and on the buses. It was very emo­tional for many of the rid­ers as they crossed the fin­ish line, re­ceiv­ing their medal and of­fi­cially earn­ing the ti­tle of “Que-Biker.”

The event wrapped up with a fan­tas­tic ban­quet un­der the big top at the hub. Through­out the even­ing, photos of the stages were played on large TV screens. Awards were given to the top-three teams and rid­ers in each cat­e­gory, and ev­ery rider re­ceived a fin­isher’s T-shirt to wear proudly from this day for­ward. The night ended with a video re­view of each of the seven stages, and when it was done, there was a stand­ing ova­tion for all par­ties in­volved. Count­less hours of prepa­ra­tion had gone into this event and they had ac­com­plished their goal. They have cre­ated a world-class moun­tain-bike event in the City of Que­bec that will for­ever put it on the list of “must do” multi-stage events.

I’m proud to call my­self a Que-Biker, and look for­ward to com­ing back again.

They have cre­ated a world­class MTB event in the City of Que­bec that will for­ever put it on the list of “must do” multi-stage events.

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