Video & Race Report: Stage 1 of the 6-Day Quebec Singletrack Experience - Saint-Raymond

Aug 6, 2019
by Cynthia Paquet  

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After a fun and festive opening night ride in Old Québec from the base camp downtown Quebec City, what could be better than the Saint-Raymond area of Vallee Bras-du-Nord to kick off the 6 days stage race: Quebec Singletracks Experience (QSE).

This route was the perfect mix of what the riders from all over the world will enjoy throughout the week. Mass start form the center of the city heading for a smooth climb in open fields surrounding the city followed by 25 km of amazing and demanding singletracks.

In this incredibly tightly woven network spanning two mountains, the variety and quality of trails is unique. Mount Laura + Le Suisse Mountain = All you can have singletracks!

The riders endlessly climbed winding and demanding slopes to then descend through berms, over giant gangways and on perfectly manicured rock slabs. What an exceptional job they have done developing these trails!

Stage 01 results
The South African Amy MacDowell, 2 times single speed world champ (2012-2015) and 4th at the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, was the first women at the finish line. 2017 winner, Sarah Kaufman, from Salt Lake City, Utah, finished second. Tomi Miser from Spain, finished 1st, one second ahead of Marc-André Daigle, defending champion. France’s Theo Gattuso, was third.

All the results here

Bevin Reith from Toronto, Canada and his partner finished 2nd in the team 80+ category. Bevin has participated to all 3 QSE, twice solo and this year in a duo. When asked why he was coming back every year, this is what he had to say.

bigquotesFirst thing: trails. Second thing: variety of trails. Third: amazing pricing for what is offered. The first year, I was so impressed with the logistics. The team was amazing. It felt effortless and people were joyful, and we never had to wait. Having a permanent base camp where we come back every day, gives you time to visit the oldest and only fortified city in America. It is a major advantage, compared to other races where you are moving every day that leaves you no time to go around and visit.Bevin Reith

Tomorrow is stage 2 at legendary Mont Ste-Anne. The QSE singletrack “bar” is open!

The QSE runs from August 4 to 9 2019.

Presale registration for QSE 4 in 2020 begins on August 12, 2019 at noon.

You can register for an all-inclusive 6-day package including lodging for as low as $1,399 CAD ($1,050 USD) + taxes.

Visit quebecsingletrack.com for more!

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