Stage 7: It’s Bittersweet to Become a Que-Biker — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

With a good night of sleep and breakfast cassoulet in my belly, I was ready to tackle the final stage of the Quebec Singletrack Experience. Today, we rode the Enduro focused trail network at Sentiers Du Moulin. Mercifully, it was a shorter course built up with wooden gangways (even one over a chalet), ginormous ramps, […]

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Stage 6: No wonder Neilson Trail in Valle Bras-du-Nord is considered one of the top 10 MTB trails in the world. — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

To get to Quebec Singletrack Experience stage today, we abandon the lux coaches for a school bus that would be capable of getting up the Shannahan. It instantly set a playful mode to the day. Nicola was singing, “the wheels on the bus go round and round” and we were giggling at being launched off […]

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Stage 5: And Some Days are Hard, too — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

Today’s Quebec Singletrack Experience stage took us to the resort town of Lac Beauport where permission was granted from 68 private land owners for us to ride a circumference of the lake up in the surrounding mountains. But don’t think this was a quaint pedal around a pristine lake where I nibbled on pan au […]

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Stage 4: An Easy Day, Quebec Style — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

Sandwiched between two big days of the Quebec Singletrack Experience was Stage 4 at Lac Delage. Have you heard of it? Yes, then you must be a fat biker. The trails here are reputed to be the best fat bike trails in North America! I’ll tell you that they are the real deal mountain bike […]

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Stage 3: A Little World Cup DH and XC — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

Today’s stage of the Quebec Singletrack Experience took us to Mont Sainte Anne, home of the World Cup since the early 90’s (and getting ready for it again this coming weekend). Fortunately, we took the telecabine (I’m being helped with my French; this is a gondola) to the top and took in the 360 views. […]

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Stage 2: Praying for Good Legs at La Chapelle Mont-Laura — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

Stage 2 of Quebec Singletrack must have known my legs would need a little boost, so we started off with a switchback climb to a chapel. I’m pretty sure every rider asked the patron saint of cyclists for good legs as they rode by. I sure did! After some position jockeying early on, I settled […]

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Stage 1: Military Singletrack — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

I’m an American, and we make fun the Canadian Mounties. It turns out those “mounts” are mountain bikes, and at Valcartier the cadets have built a trail network that only the guard get to play on… except today! The trails were opened for the Quebec Single Track Experience riders. Pristine condition (seldom ridden) twisty, root […]

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Pack Essentials for MTB Stage Racing — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

MTB stage racing takes riders back to the roots of the sport. Expect big loops on the best trails in the area and be ready for an epic day on the bike! Self-support skills are mandatory: ability to fix a mechanical on the trail, route finding (courses are flagged, but they often get removed by […]

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Emma’s Quebec Single Track Experience Mountain Bike Set-Up — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

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Tackling the Unique Demands of a Stage Race with a Specific Training Strategy — KS-Kenda Women’s MTB Team

I’m drooling looking at the footage of the Quebec Single Track Experience (QSE) stages. Finding lines on the root-crossed dense forest trails of Valcartier will be a challenge. Flowing down the bermed descent of St. Raymond will be a deserved reward after the climb. Riding the terrain of Mont Ste-Anne will give me inside tips […]

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