The Mountain Bike Tourist, Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

Mar 6, 2017 at 16:48
by Martin Lortz  

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

"Hey Dad, I want to mountain bike."

"Crap."

Don't get me wrong, I couldn't be happier that my teenage offspring has finally expressed interest in an activity we can do together. It’s been a long time coming, BMX, skateboarding, hockey, all took their turns occupying the younger years as I patiently waited. So yes, this is a good moment, the disappointment adheres to the realization that we now have to support two rides and I am sure to be relinquished to hand me down status, no new stuff for me, "crap."

"Hey Dad, I want to race Enduro."

"Damn."

Don't get me wrong I couldn't be happier that my teenage offspring has expressed interest in enduro racing but with no enduro mountain biking in Ontario, the nearest Canadian race we can locate is the Gaap Enduro, a thousand kilometres away at Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec. What you gonna do? A good reason for a family vacation I’d say. We chose “the glass is half full” approach and pad the race date with a two week Quebec mountain bike adventure.

Stop one was in East Hereford and the Circuits Frontières trails. Awesome riding, but it ended with a broken shifter/brake assembly costing us a day scouring bike shops in search of parts to no avail unfortunately; and now with race practice just an hour away we have to turn to some chicken wire and zip-tie magic, a repair that I am proud to say is holding to this day.

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

With race registration, out of province license, plus lift cost, this might just be the most expensive first race ever but the sun is shining, the terrain is awesome and the smiles as they say, priceless. Practice goes off without a hitch. Next day’s race, hmmm, not so much.

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

What a difference a few hours make, a steady rain overnight and the temperature dropping to single digits. It’s early August and people are sporting long sleeves and windbreakers, but hey the race must go on. High fives and we part ways, he heads uphill to the start of stage one and we set up the cheering gallery at the stage end. Time passes as does rider after rider. Something is wrong, taking too long, parental instincts kick in making the mind toy with the worst. Suddenly, there he is, the ride by is accompanied by a barrage of words that I am shocked are part of his fifteen-year-old vocabulary, the main jest being “flat”. The post race recollection was much more humorous in a chock it up to experience kind of way.

“I lined up at the start, the elite men went first they all sprinted for the first turn so I did the same but the first turn was all slick with mud and I slid out into the rocks.”

“I got untangled and grabbed the bike and I heard a hhhssssssss, flat.”

First race, first turn, first flat repair, lol—live and learn. The rest of the day went well with mid-pack finishes and no more drama. Good times, a good event right down to the party in the forest at the end of the day.

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

With the race day out of the way and with lift passes in hand, it’s time to have a look around Mont Saint Anne’s vast trail network. Already aware of its world famous downhill and XC race courses, we are more interested in the terrain in between. With the recent growth in popularity of the long travel trail bike, Mont Saint Anne has been busy developing enduro bike worthy trails that will have you grinning all day. There is plenty to choose from and really you can’t go wrong. That said the newer trails, like personal favourite La Yable, and the newest addition La Bouttaboutte, do possess that flow fun goodness that makes future development something to look forward to. You know you are having a good day when you sprint to catch the last ride up to the top for just one more lap.

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

The Mountain Bike Tourist Quebec Road Trip Part Two - Mont Sainte Anne

Being a resort destination, the day to day existence at Mont Sainte Anne is easy. Accommodation option from condos to motels or as in our case, camping are all available. Food, attractions, yeah that too. It’s been a whirlwind three days, bike repairs, race action, too many trails to explore, time sure flies when you’re having fun.

Mont Sainte Anne, to you I say thumbs up, Quebec one question, what’s next?

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21 Comments

  • + 6
 MSA = best trails in the world. WC every year since the start, and still most top riders faves. Such an awesome spot, everyone into this sport has to make the pilgrimage at least once. as fun as Whistler is, this is our mecca.
  • + 6
 @ atrokz , MSA = best trails in the world , man dont travel you will never ride msa again, hahahaha...that place is terrible , I know I use to leave there .f*ck that shit
  • + 4
 Why coming to Sentiers du moulin (SDM)? There is why!

Hard technical trail :
LBCycle 1 : vimeo.com/171167399 + vimeo.com/168277889
LBCycle 2 (2nd try) : vimeo.com/173122338

Hard not-so-technical trail
Léon 1.0 and 2.0 (top to bottom) : vimeo.com/168276783
Léon 2.0 Wet lap : vimeo.com/175863171

Medium trail (can be tricky at high speed):
Super G (wet lap!) : vimeo.com/175860304
Super G (Dry) : vimeo.com/174033206
Medium trail :
Baribal : vimeo.com/171167331

Easy trail for family / out of shape :
Raph
1/3 : vimeo.com/170714253
2/3 : vimeo.com/181515400
3/3 : can’t find where I put this…

Ever saw a baby moose that close?
vimeo.com/139069970

There are more trails to discover.
  • + 1
 Are these trails at the mountain or a drive away from MSA.?
  • + 1
 @Drago: approx 30-40 minutes away from MSA, just north of Quebec City (20 min from downtown)
  • + 1
 I prefer Sentier du Moulin to mont St-Anne by far... even vallé bras du nord comes in second to Sentiers du Moulin.
  • + 3
 What's next in Quebec?

You realy must try Sentiers du Moulin (SDM) at Lac-Beauport, 20 min from Quebec city and at 35 min to MSA
www.pinkbike.com/video/449400
www.pinkbike.com/video/451572
www.pinkbike.com/news/east-bound-and-down-quebec-canada-2016.html

Look also at these 2 events:
4/6 enduro races in Quebec province
www.wildsideenduro.com

7 days race for XC and All-Mountain riders
quebecsingletrack.com/en
  • + 2
 We did our first pilgrimage to MSA last summer for UCI. It was the first trip I took the ol' lady on since she started getting into riding bikes off road a few years ago. We packed up the car drove from Toronto and got a site at the camp grounds and went from there. It was an amazing trip, we rode Friday afternoon and all day on Sunday doing laps, what a trip. Changed the way the wife looks at biking and she's be doing so much better since we got back. I think we might miss it this year, but for anyone thinking about going, just go don't think.
  • + 2
 MSA is an absolutely amazing place for AM riding. It has just the perfect balance of old-school and new-school trails. It has all styles covered: Steep and gnarly; Technical rocky and rooty; Fast stuff from flowy singletrack to rocky double tracks; etc.

The best part is that everything connects very well from the top of the mountain, so the best way to enjoy the mountain is to ride an AM bike and get to the top with the gondola.

I've been riding there for about 20 years and I still can't get enough of it. Smile
  • + 1
 i have a question..
let's just say that i have been doing cross country for years and i would like to go to ste anne.. will there be some trails that are not too tough?
to be detailed..i love going fast..what i'm not comfortable with is jumping more than 1-2 feet high., or 30 degree descents with trees in front of the next turn..
i do have a devinci bike i just built and bought some protection equipment..
also..i'm 53.. gimme a break.. tons of dude my age just watch teevee with the controls in one hand and a beer in the other.( beer is nice though)

any suggestions...be nice ..no insults please..
  • + 1
 Yes, there is a sector around te camping with singletracks for beginners and intermediate riders, both machine and hand built. The bike club also started developing a skill park for the kids to practice jumps, drops, skinnys...
  • + 5
 Nice to see some pb love for MSA!
  • + 1
 +1 for complete lack of "enduro" events in Ontario. I mean, it IS just flatland Ontario except for the Escarpment pointy bits, but come on now... Field of Dreams>If you build it, they will come/sarc>
  • + 2
 Whats next: Sentiers du Moulin, Vallée bras du Nord (St-Raymond & Shannahan)
  • + 1
 Exactly what I was thinking!!
  • + 1
 @MartinLortz

Here are a bit more information on "what's next"

quebecvelodemontagne.com/en

Cheers!
  • + 1
 Bravo, bel article sur une gang motivée et motivante au MSA!
  • + 2
 bromont bromont
  • + 2
 bromont = 2016 crash.. too much dust on non-maintained trails.. slippery as on ice
  • + 1
 @gerrydaclo: its not bad because its dusty... just a different way to ride. The world cup track at msa was crazy dusty this summer also and msa never maintain anything.
  • + 1
 Gaap enduro! Nice event at Msa

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