Video: Lightning Fast Rip in Quebec with ALN

Feb 19, 2019
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  

Story by Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

I was lucky enough to discover riding at a very young age. I was so young, in fact, that my mom had to attend every training session for my first year in my development club. In Québec City at that time, if you mountain biked, you raced. As a kid, racing was much more than results, it was a means to live a life rich with experiences. A means to learn about setting goals and to experience camping trips, friends, and travel. Plus, I truly loved racing, so pursuing it felt like a win-win scenario.

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Four years ago I relocated to Vancouver Island in British Columbia to train with the cross-country National Team. Moving away from Québec and leaving behind my community was difficult, but it was becoming clear to me that I needed a change. Over the years my love for riding had gone adrift. My years of focusing on numbers and results had taken their toll and I was no longer having fun. Yet, I knew that biking and I were far from being done and I hoped that the West Coast would offer a new perspective.

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My immersion in this new riding culture was a turning point for me. On the West Coast, I found a more adventure-focused, fun-driven approach to riding. It was a new experience to be in a community that rode for fun, where friends gathered on the weekends with their bikes, and people loved the sport without racing in it. The challenge of the new terrain was a catalyst that put me back into a beginner’s mindset where I could start fresh with biking.

The move was a good one and it did not take long for me to fall back in love with riding in the Pacific Northwest forest. It was the best reminder of why I ride bikes; because I love it. It took me back to the days before racing, to the days of playing on bikes as a kid in Québec. We spent our time smashing through as many mud puddles as we could, riding our bikes backwards, singing out loud while bombing down the road, scaring each other during night rides, washing our hair in the campground’s creek, and cooling off from the scorching summer heat one gulp of Slurpee at a time. This return to the fun side of mountain biking allowed me to put the pieces together to transform my passion into a career and to find myself racing as a professional mountain biker all around the globe.

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While I was back home for a visit this fall, I met up with one of my best pals, Antoine Caron, a filmmaker and shredder of all types, to discuss shooting an edit about our stomping grounds. I wasn’t sure how it would feel to return with my big bike, to experience the same trail networks that I had trained on as an XC racer. I came back to fresh new trails weaving through the old ones I used to hammer out intervals on. Coming back to fun, challenging new trails was a very refreshing contrast.

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We arrived at a cold and snowy trailhead parking lot on one of our filming days, but we realized we did not really feel like shooting. After running into old friends, we decided to leave the camera in the car and head out for a ride. We saw people out there, smiling, enjoying being out on a ride, and getting stoked about new trail features. Seeing how the trails evolved and how the Québec mountain bike community is changing to incorporate what I found on the West Coast was a truly heartwarming feeling. I realized that these are still my people, they watched me grow up, and I was surprised to find that they have followed my career. I realized that even though I have moved on from XC, Québec will always be my home, in my mind they were so tied together, until I brought my big bike and rode it!

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Thank you to Mathieu Dupuis-Bourassa from La Vallée Bras-du-Nord for agreeing with all our bad ideas of quad follow-cam. Thank you to the unknown master builders of the jump spot by the train tracks. And finally, thank you to the whole crew at Les Sentiers du Moulin & LB-Cycle for building not only great trails, but an awesome mountain biking community in Québec.


Mentions: @RockyMountainBicycles / @andreaneln / @valleebrasdunord / @SentiersduMoulin



49 Comments

  • + 29
 Great video! Is the first part of the video, with the road gap, is that in the St-Raymond area? Since 2002, riding DH in Monte Saint Anne, Quebec holds something special in my heart and I've ridden in many places around the world. The area is so unique, the people are welcoming and the ridding/trail building are reaching top levels, it's just an amazing place to ride! The other thing that's great is the ability to go from an awesome city, like Quebec City, to being deep in the wilderness in like 30/40 minutes riding epic trails! Everyone I've introduce to Quebec's ridding scene has it on the top of their lists of places they've ever ridden.
  • + 3
 I'll be visiting this spring, can't wait. Do I need to brush up on my French in order to access the good, local trails?
  • + 3
 They've done well, and it looks pretty fun. Especially that big step down, and the waterfall slab. What's on the edit will only be a small part of it too.
  • + 8
 @motard5: No, you'll have a funny time dealing with bad english like mine, but you'll still get the help you need.
  • + 4
 @motard5: Don't come too early this spring, it's been a deep winter so far.
  • + 9
 @motard5: The majority speak English, but I found that they appreciate the effort when you try to speak in French and you will find yourself saying "Génial !" after every ride anyways! Oh and if you plan on getting drunk and want the same drink over and over again, "Puis-je avoir le même s'il vous plaît" works "Génial !" lol
  • + 2
 @FDll: Look sweet, I have to check that out this year when I head back up!!!
  • + 3
 @dirtyrig: You're right, but no French Canadians says "Génial" haha. French from France use it tho.
  • + 3
 @FDll: No wonder people laugh at me when I try to talk French in Quebec and I thought it was because I'm funny looking! lol
  • + 5
 @dirtyrig: hahaha

By the way, thank you for the kind words! We really love to see americans and any non-quebecers canadians having fun in our trails! Smile Like you said, you can easily make the trip without understanding a single word in french but if you do try to say something, even as stupid as ''bonne journée'' or ''bonne ride'', people will love you even more! haha
  • + 10
 Pretty sure some of those scenes were from Vallee bra du nord. I'm right across the border and often travel up to camp and ride often. One of my favorite riding destinations. Quebec has some great riding and is really progressive in the riding scene.
  • + 9
 @MikerJ Yeah you’re right! We shot at la Vallé-Bras-du-Nord, which as some cool stuff coming for 2019. The snowy scenes are from Les Sentiers Du Moulin and the jumps are from a dreamy jump spot in QC City - apparently now on Trailforks.
  • + 4
 @andreaneln: By the way, tu m'as vraiment impressionné sur les jumps..... Je savais pas que tu étais a l'aise dans les gros kicker aussi!!!! :O

Honnêtement, je ne suivais pas les courses de mtn bike mais avec nos p'tites québécoises de haut niveau, ca commence à être pas mal plus intéressant... Bonne chance pour la nouvelle saison, on va ''cheerer'' pour vous! Big Grin
  • + 4
 @Timo82: eheh! ça pris toute mon p'tit change de courage, mais un coup partie je pouvais pu m'arrêter!
  • + 14
 Bravo Andréane et bonne chance pour la saison d'EWS !
  • + 11
 Some of those jumps were so big!! What a crusher!! :O
  • + 2
 Hella fast...I won't even hit some of those spots...although maybe following someone...need some better riding mates and maybe a better bike, lol.
  • + 2
 @rcrdrvr: I wouldn't follow anyone on those big jumps!!! lolll
  • + 2
 @Timo82: Just got a new reign sx...feels half the weight of my old bike, and no more bottoming out...confidence getting up there again!
  • + 1
 @rcrdrvr: I demoed a reign last summer and wow, I was really impressed!!!! I also like to climb so not a bike I would buy but once going down, wowww !!! So smooothhh!!! That was not even the SX model, it was the red one which was the top one if I remember..
  • + 2
 @Timo82: as long as the are no super slow climbs my setup rarely bobs...my old bike was a Pitch, just the weight difference alone is next level. Still learning how to fly through the air on a lighter rig!
  • + 6
 Nice writing Andreane! Congratulations for what you do and I'm glad to know you still consider Quebec your homeland even though you had to move away to pursue your goals!
  • + 2
 Can't wait to visit again...this August is tooo far away! Caught a 9 lb smallie on 70 yr old gear too! Beautiful spots to ride and such good food...especially cheeses! Need to get more of my relatives into biking back there...especially the younger ones.
  • + 6
 Quebec is pretty incredible.
  • + 5
 Great write up ALN, lookin forward to cheering you on this EWS season!
  • + 5
 ALN crushed the riding.... and Tony crushed it with the video. Good Job.
  • + 6
 east is beast.
  • + 3
 Thanks for the Vid!! Got me super stoked for the start of this season!!

Have a great season @andreaneln !! Smash it!
  • + 3
 Hell ya ALN I might have to learn how to jump now!
  • + 2
 @dirtyrig, the jump line is not in St-Raymond. It's near the downtown area. Check it up on trailfork it's logged.
  • + 1
 Nom de la trail?
  • + 10
 @simon-olivier: The jump trail name is : Marmota on Boulevard Versant Nord in Quebec city. It is filled with big men made gap jump. Lots of work involved, please respect the spot. You can access it by bikes at the bottom or the top. If you chose the top, there no good parking spot nearby and you need to cross a railway in a non designated crossing, which is illegal in Canada.

In General, the spot is ephemeral as it is not on crown land. It is situated in a high value real estate location. I havent been there for the past 2 years cause I was in BC also. But when I was in Quebec, the spot was growing a lot every summer. Once again, a few people worked their hearth on the spot, please respect it. The big road gap you see in the video was build by moving dirt in buckets.
  • + 4
 @germinois: buckets? As in *hand-held* buckets and not a heavy machinery "bucket"... Much respect to the builders!
  • + 3
 @deadflat: Yeah, of course hand-held buckets! Lots of work
  • + 1
 @germinois: Reviens à Qc. Les trails sont rendus malades!
  • - 1
 Je me demande juste pourquoi les vidéo fait au Québec sont toujours filmés dans aux même place, MSA, Bromont, VBdN et Sentier du Moulin....
Est-ce que ya juste ces 4 spots la ?
Andreane est mieux au BC à mon avis.
  • + 3
 @syncro: Plein d'autres places mais en général c'est un peu plus xc que enduro, ce qui est moins intéressant en vidéo!
  • + 4
 Excellent!!
  • + 4
 Trails look sick!
  • + 2
 You got balls! Good job ALN!
  • + 2
 Malade !!
  • + 2
 Vraiment beau vidéo!!
  • + 1
 Hopefully Quebec will build a IMBA epic.
  • + 4
 I've ridden an IMBA Epic in Ontario - Paul's Dirty 100. Everything in Quebec being discussed here is lightyears ahead of that at least. That leaves me thinking these trails don't need an IMBA designation - they are freaking rad, and "epic" as it is.

I would say they are worth checking out, even if you are coming from the West.
  • + 3
 @privateer-wbc: Spent plenty of time out West and now live in Quebec City... Sure the Winter is a pain but the trails... Worth 100 winters!
  • + 3
 @zeGG: I need to learn French. I would love to live in Quebec.

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