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.