Friday, July 28, 2017
Québec City should be on every mountain biker's must ride list. With over 600 km of trails less than an hour out of town—many added in recent years—this larger‑than‑life setting has plenty of great terrain and is home to a thriving mountain biking scene. Ready to get high on adrenaline in Québec City? Here are four lines that sum it all up.
1 La Boutteaboutte - Mont-Sainte-Anne
Lenght: 2 km
Having hosted the UCI World Cup for 27 years straight, Mont‑Sainte‑Anne is a bit of a given, with downhill and cross‑country trails that have gained mythic status among racers worldwide. Luckily, you don’t have to be Nino Schurter or Rachel Atherton to go for a rip. Take La Boutteaboutte, which opened in 2016. It’s a two‑way trail with a great mix of bermed corners, bridges, and rock gardens, perfect for working on those intermediate skills. Designed to keep you moving down the mountain at a good pace, La Boutteaboutte is best enjoyed as a descent.
Serious about downhill? Take the gondola up to the top and hit La Chômeuse, one of the most technical trails on the mountain (and probably in eastern North America).
2000, boulevard du Beau-Pré
Beaupré, G0A 1E0
This year’s Vélirium Mountain Bike Festival runs Aug. 4–6. Get ready for a weekend of races, exhibitors and gear, and plenty of chances to party. If you’ve never been to Mont‑Sainte‑Anne or need an excuse to come back, this is it.
P.S. Mont‑Sainte‑Anne will be hosting the 2019 World Championships. Mark your calendar!
2 La Viking - Sentiers du Moulin
Length: 1,2 km
The trailbuilders at Sentiers du Moulin got the Enduro memo alright. Five descents from the summit of the main hill, all fairly technical, have been added since 2015. Viking runs through a mature deciduous forest and has some really nice wood ramps, making it the prettiest of the five.
Léon has great scenery, too. It’s longer, with a few sections that can be a little intimidating.
Sentiers du Moulin
99, chemin du Moulin
Lac-Beauport, G3B 0E1
3 La Tablerone - Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Saint-Raymond Sector)
Length: 800 m
Get your heart pumping on the Tablerone. This fast descent has bermed corners, big jumps, and a ramp made out of an old trailer. All in all, it’s one heck of a ride through the countryside.
If jumps aren’t your thing, try Grand Eggen, which is just as fast and fun but with a lot less jumps. Both trails are on Suisse Mountain. I recommend taking Jolie Jaëlle and Roche-Mère to get over there. They’re both nice descents.
Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Saint-Raymond sector)
107, Grande Ligne
Saint-Raymond, Qc, G3L 2Y4
4 La Neilson Nord - Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Shannahan Sector)
Lenght: 7 km
Ability: Advanced, with some technical sections
Ideally, any mountain biking trip to Québec City includes a pilgrimage to "Shannahan", home to the legendary Neilson Nord trail. Built with love along the Neilson River, this cross‑country epic trail takes you past a bunch of different views of Cap des Sept‑Côtes, an impressive glacier‑carved rock face. It’s the kind of trail people come back for, year after year.
For a bigger ride, add the new Neilson Est trail to your loop. It’s an extra 10 km, half descent, half climb, with wicked views of the Neilson Nord sector.
Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Shannahan sector)
2180, Rang Saguenay
Saint-Raymond, G3L 3G3
The Only Stage Race in Eastern North America
If you’re looking for a great way to go mountain biking in Québec, try the Québec Singletrack Experience, a seven‑day, seven‑stage race that takes you on some of the best lines around. The next one’s set for summer 2018.
About Gabriel Gakwaya
Gabriel is a lovable geek with two main addictions: coffee and mountain biking. His life is a combination of screen time, bike time, and snowboard time.