There is a small place in the Quebec City area that has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years, especially from riders that are looking at improving and challenging their jumping skills. It’s a tiny area, with minimal elevation but with good dirt and a dedicated group of builders led by Mike, Phil and Ric.
From its humble beginning of a jump over a discarded fridge some 13 years ago, it slowly grew into a multi-line mini bike park, all built by hands, with lips and gaps that challenges and rewards even the most seasoned riders. Bienvenue à la Marmota!
With the fast growth of mountain biking in the last 2 years came an increasing number of visitors to la Marmota
, so much that the time was right to organize the first-ever Marmota
Fest in the Fall of 2021.
Things were kept as simple as possible for this inaugural edition. The first event was a mini “Air DH” on La Petite
, the most accessible line of the area, followed by a Whip-off contest on the Turco
jump and an improvised Best Trick contest on the big step-up to end things. Air DH
With plenty of riders coming from DH and BMX racing backgrounds, the competition was fiercer than anticipated. Air time had to be kept to a minimum and more than a few pedal strokes were required for a podium spot. But most importantly, this first event was still laid back and open to all. It was the perfect opener to showcase the wide variety of riders that showed up. Contingents of riders from Saguenay, Bromont, Montréal and the Outaouais all made the drive to Quebec City to pay tribute to the spot.
Final times were very tight, former BMX racer Frédérick Laroche grabbed the win by only 0.3! seconds!Air DH results
Frédérick Laroche: 37.60
Nathan Compartino: 37.91
Nico Clément: 38.19Whip-Off Contest
Hitting the Turco
jump is a bit of a rite of passage at la Marmota
so it was only natural to choose this jump for the second event. This jump is in the middle of the respectable Medium Saignant
line. To get it right, riders have to hit a steep gap jump followed by a sizable step down then squeeze a few pedal strokes to get max amplitude on the Turco
and take advantage of its long and wide landing to get as sideways as possible.
Obviously, the event went on as a jam format and it was a very good show with countless massive whips and other figures. Again, old dogs, fearless teenagers and young shredders battled hard for the top spot. In the end, it was Saguenay’s Nathan Compertino that took the award. Whip-Off Contest winner
Nathan CompertinoBest Trick Contest
Since the participants were having so much fun on the Medium Saignant
line, the planned Long Jump contest that was supposed to happen on the Petite Ligne
was replaced by a Best Trick contest on the 2 big jumps that follow the Turco
. Riders still had to hit the whole line to have enough speed for the last jumps so things almost turned to a slopestyle contest, for the greatest pleasure of the crowd.
Some 30 runs later, it was Nicolas Girad and Mickael Belley that threw down the best tricks (backflip and tabletop to stoppie).Best Tricks Contest winners
Nicolas Girard and Mikael Belley.
With all the events in the books, the time came for celebrations and the closing of this 1st ever Marmota
Nobody knows what the future holds for this iconic jump spot but one thing is sure though, it is surely spots like La Marmota
that keeps the spirit of mountain biking alive throughout the world.
Simple, Raw, Fun. Vive la Marmota
to the sponsors: BOSK Vélo-Café, Ride Raw & The Rise.