It was bound to happen. With rain in the forecast for almost every day of the Quebec Singletrack Experience so far we have been lucky to stay dry. Today the sky opened before we took to the start line. Thankfully at 18km this was a shorter stage so spirits were high even though the trails were wet.
Some dubbed this stage a recovery stage, but the course didn’t lack any climbing or excitement. We started off by riding under a wrecked bush plane which had smoke billowing out of it before starting a super fun twisting and winding section of trail filled with roots. I personally welcomed the rain as it lowered the temperature and made for some very entertaining downhills.
Today may have been the most fun I have had on a bike in the rain. Instead of lamenting about the weather all the riders embraced the conditions like a toddler jumping into a puddle. I couldn’t help but laugh while sliding down descents letting the ruts guide my bike like a bobsleigh.
This area is filled with giant rock formations that jut out of the landscape which made for some very cool trail features. If I wasn’t popping up my front wheel to ride on a rock I was squeezing in between two giant ones, or trying to navigate up or down a huge slab of exposed Canadian Shield.
One cool part of Quebec Singletrack Experience has been getting to see how many different types of trails and landscapes there are in such close proximity to one another. We have been stationed close to Old Quebec City the entire race and our longest bus ride has been an hour.
With poutine waiting for us at the finish line, on course all I could taste was dirt. Shallow looking puddles would turn into wheel swallowing mud pits and more than a few times I was riding with my feet submerged. It may have been wet, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits today as we all crossed the finish line with smiles on our faces and mud in our teeth.