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    mount saint anne closing weekend 2013

    after a brutal drive from bolton yesterday we made it to mount saint anne... the traffic was nasty through montreal, the drive took 9 hours at 5 liters per 100 km in the prius carrying 2 dh bikes and all our gear.



    the weather here is perfect, the trees colors are brilliant. going to hit the trails after this post.

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    mount saint anne closing weekend 2013

    Hope you two have a great weekend. Have fun!

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    Ride the 1837 trail a few times and tell me how your arms feel when you're done.
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    That's so much higher than Blue Mnt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Ride the 1837 trail a few times and tell me how your arms feel when you're done.
    there are better runs, some cool work has been done here,
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    Quote Originally Posted by pucked up View Post
    That's so much higher than Blue Mnt.
    it's a real treat to have the elevation.





    judy on the trails near the bottom

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    hot tub rancho relax-o after the ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Ride the 1837 trail a few times and tell me how your arms feel when you're done.
    1837 - La Course - YouTube

    That trail is rutted out. Needs alot of work.

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    here's a little taste of the trails...

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    That is unfortunate, 1837 isn't my favourite trail but it's a great test of skill. It's long, tough, and often a bombed out mess.
    My fave runs at MSA are Coupe du Monde to la 2 and La Tordue to Tak-tak to L'inuk. Usually ended the day with L'Arche du Boisée on the way out and then exploring the various routes to get back.

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    Nice!
    If you want to go even higher, then head west and stop at Whistler. It was the best biking I've ever done!

    i should head out east some day and try out Mount Saint Anne.
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    whistler is on our bucket list for sure. we like mount saint anne in the fall because of the good weather and they don't have snow yet. it really is a great fall destination to close off the park season on the east coast in canada. plus we found accommodation in a nice one bedroom chalet beside the mountain for $70 dollars a night, a ripper of a deal.


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    Nice!
    If you want to go even higher, then head west and stop at Whistler. It was the best biking I've ever done!

    i should head out east some day and try out Mount Saint Anne.
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    some recent info about the trails here. we talked to the locals yesterday to see what their fav routes where. the coupe du monde is a classic old school dh run which follows some of the world cup course. this is a high speed course with big gappers, full blown dh bike recommended and you have to be comfortable at sending it at speed and landing/snipering into rock gardens. the locals who ride this are very skilled. it is not a run i would do otherwise to say i've done it.

    the fav local run that is sessioned is the reworked upper vietnam
    hooking into la grisante. think of a run like showcase and haole all mashed into one but way longer. so much fun. all sorts of lines, jumps, berms, etc. my tr 250 gets a real work out on this trail, i'm using all my travel.

    an interesting note is that they are building enduro trails starting at the top of the mountain. i really look forward to these enduro trails in the future.

    in general the old mount saint anne dh trails are here, but the newer stuff is a lot of fun and progressive.

    things of note:

    -watch the berms, some have loose gravel tops from roosts, it's like hitting ball bearings. go low on these berms
    -speed is your friend here
    -wood features are slippery if no traction aids
    -follow the locals, they know the lines
    -be careful on the road crossings
    -my tubeless set-up is working great, i think i would have pinch flatted otherwise




    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    That is unfortunate, 1837 isn't my favourite trail but it's a great test of skill. It's long, tough, and often a bombed out mess.
    My fave runs at MSA are Coupe du Monde to la 2 and La Tordue to Tak-tak to L'inuk. Usually ended the day with L'Arche du Boisée on the way out and then exploring the various routes to get back.
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    [QUOTE=singlesprocket;10740668]here's a little taste of the trails...

    Which trail is this? I'm more XC/trail bike oriented and often go to Sainte-Anne (nice single track) but I think my Trek Fuel ex8 could handle this one at slower speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    -my tubeless set-up is working great, i think i would have pinch flatted otherwise
    Tubeless is great, just check your sealant level now and then.

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    part of upper vietnam. i don't think you will have issue with your bike, though the trail really pounds you if you go faster then your suspension can handle. i also found out that past a certain speed even the tr 250 gets squirrely and i have the wheelbase stretched out for this trip. i would check out the new enduro trails, those trails sound very interesting and my next trip here i will take my new enduro 650b build with 160mm travel to ride. as i mentioned before tubeless is a good idea here if you are a more aggressive rider and don't finesse the lines as much. oh and a dropper post is a must have on my next trip here.

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    here's a little taste of the trails...

    Which trail is this? I'm more XC/trail bike oriented and often go to Sainte-Anne (nice single track) but I think my Trek Fuel ex8 could handle this one at slower speed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    an interesting note is that they are building enduro trails starting at the top of the mountain. i really look forward to these enduro trails in the future.

    in general the old mount saint anne dh trails are here, but the newer stuff is a lot of fun and progressive.
    My friends & I have always wondered why it's taken so long for Ste Anne to build the newer style trails which other places such as Bromont have had for something like 10-15 years. There's so much potential at MSA for something like Trail 7 or Trail 52 at Bromont, or as you mentioned, enduro trails. They have the vert, they have the terrain, it's about time they got to work on building new trails.

    Personally I prefer Bromont if I'm going to be riding bermed jumpy trails, they're not as long but I think they're better built. But for old school DH runs, Ste. Anne is where it's at for me.

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    La Vietnam

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    I spy with my little eye something with quills
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    a little compilation of todays riding...

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    more sun day 3! feeling it in the back and arms though. legs are still strong. the locals where talking about how this year there are many wolves up in the mountains. they saw a pack chase down a deer and kill it right below the gondola halfway up the mountain. though we didn't see any wolves on our runs. just a lot off fat porcupines and partridges.

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    Great pics and Awesome vids. Thanks for sharing!
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    Day 3. Clouds were low on the mountain this morning

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    Enjoying the cloud splitting
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    Above the clouds. Temps were warmer on the summit
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    Some new trails have been built since we were here in 2011. We got the lowdown from the locals... maybe check it out tomorrow
    Today's Plan to ride our favorites and explore a couple of new trails. Something a little different.
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    La Vietnam rock drop
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    Singlesprocket dropping in
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    After 3 runs on La Vietnam and la Grisante, we are on the way to L'Echappee and L'Erabliere
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    We rode L'Erabliere. A wonderful trail best suited for all-mountain but I enjoyed the tight turns, deep ruts, roots and rocks. Reminded me of Grab Bag only 5x longer. It hooks into la vietnam
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    Bottom section lots of bridges and less gnarly
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    Singlesprocket enjoyed local oysters
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    Relaxing after a spa and dinner
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    That's all for today... met some very nice riders (local and from Montreal) and a few hikers. There was a wonderful festival in the MSA village and we noticed a large number of all mountain type bikes. Lot's of riders out on this beautiful day
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    and we noticed a large number of all mountain type bikes
    how true, the scene here really exploded. people where talking mainly about enduro bikes. 160mm is the desired/preferred travel. though the most common wheel size was 26", but based on the type of trails that are being built i think i would ride on something slightly larger.
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    heh, that guy was taking pictures of all the riders/bikes getting on the lift... notice the sign behind him. tak tak is the most gnarliest trail from what the locals say. it's a new trail built in the last year or so.

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    Where are you staying? I'm looking to take the family up from Michigan for the World Cup next fall and just starting to research places to stay...sounds/looks like you got a great deal.

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    There maybe other accommodation deals but this is the best for what we wanted. This condo was most economical and convenient.. you can walk or ride to the trails or lift. Swimming pool, spa, laundry etc


    Condos, villas, chalets and houses accommodations at Mont-Sainte-Anne, near Quebec city and Le Massif de Charlevoix. — Chalets Montmorency

    book early if you are attending the WC
    Right now is regarded as off season, so we are getting a good discount

    There's also discount packages for lift access if you get an Inferno card
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    The World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne is August 2/3rd in 2014, peak of hot and humid summer. It's great staying at Mont Sainte Anne to take in the whole World Cup circus vibe. They have camping there and the Chateau has just been updated, but you likely need to book a room at Chateau Mont Sainte Anne by March. There's some motels in Beaupre, which is about 8 minutes down the road. Quebec City is about 25 minutes drive to the west if you wanted to stay closer to the city.

    This is a handy resource for driving in...

    Transports Québec : Québec 511 - Traffic Webcams

    BTW, the province wide construction holiday is the 2 weeks prior to the World Cup, (Jul 20 - Aug 03, 2014) so there will be a lot of locals on holiday the week leading up to the World Cup. That will have an impact on bookings and how busy recreation places will be
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    Day 4

    Rained overnight and clouds were low and wrapped around the mountain

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    We rode anyway. The ride up was eerie
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    We rose above the mist

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    There was a band of clouds at the bottom and at the summit

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    Beautiful views
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    colourful foliage and ground cover
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    It was not as crowded today. Only locals (and us) Riding was amazing despite last night's downpour . Berms and ground were tacky. Rocks were grippy but not roots. I avoided the roots. La Tordue was insane. We got 6 runs in and we were 2 the last riders to take the gondola up before season closure

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    Had a wonderful 4 solid days of dh and plenty of fun times, fine food and we met some wonderful people

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    the clouds in the field traverses made it tricky to find trail signs. you literally could only see a couple of feet ahead. if you stayed in the trees visibility was better.
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    riding was tricky in the wet leaves, roots, rocks and muck. but i really enjoyed it as it was a test to your skills. you had to keep up a level of momentum to clear sections, but to much speed and your traction was done. which kept the first aiders busy during the day. healing vibes to those to crashed.

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    Accueil | Microbrasserie de l'Île d'Orleans

    Hit Ile Orleans on the way home. They were serving a wicked Strawberry IPA a couple weeks back when we stopped in. It's only available on tap at the brew pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk View Post
    Accueil | Microbrasserie de l'Île d'Orleans

    Hit Ile Orleans on the way home. They were serving a wicked Strawberry IPA a couple weeks back when we stopped in. It's only available on tap at the brew pub.
    Thank you for the link Shirk. It looks like a really nice brew pub. We will have to check it out the next time we go. After 4 straight days we were pretty happy sampling local brews and soaking in the hot tub

    The locals highly recommended this microbrewery

    Microbrasserie des Beaux Prés

    Located in Sainte Anne de Beaupre next to Ski Michel. Its a favorite spot for the locals to kick back, enjoy a nosh and brew for apres mtb.
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    If you've got a full day to kill head a bit further east to Baie Saint Paul. The Charlevoix region kills it with food.

    I would think there has to be some great trail riding in the Charlevoix the terrain looks ideal.

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    Great thread Singlesproket! I don't want to hijack it but I was wondering how a medium or long travel trail/AM bike would perform in those technical DH run at Sainte-Anne...

    I will be in the market for a replacement of my Fuel Ex8 2005. Since most of my riding is trail/single track with a lot of climbing and some less technical XC, I'm a little bit puzzle. Most of the time, my bike is ok with it's 100mm of travel even if I often feel I could use more travel. It's also quite heavy for a 100mmm bike by today standard... So I was thinking XC aggressive bike with 120mm fork (Czar or Ibis Ripley) or something more trail oriented (SC solo or 120-130 29er, would have to try one first but at 6'2" it should be ok). But I sometime think I could be more aggressive in my trail riding with something with more travel like a Bronson or Pivot Mach6, bikes that supposedly pedal ok in XC condition. I know I would sacrifice some XC/trail performance, but maybe it could also handle some light to medium DH at Sainte-Anne from time to time... I don't plan to buy two bike even though that would be easier!

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    Ste. Anne is hard on bikes, you can ride an aggressive XC or trail bike there but you'll want to get stronger wheels for sure and possibly upgrade the brakes as well depending on what the bike comes with. This setup will be fine for the green & red trails, but if you plan on regularly riding the black trails then you will want a Bronson or other such bike. You can ride the blacks on a trail bike but you'll get one heck of a workout and your bike will take a pretty good beating.

    Personally I'd want an AM bike such as the Bronson for Ste. Anne, it's a little heavier but it's more stable on the downhills and most importantly the bike and its parts are made to take the abuse.

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    bronson is a good choice to your height, though some people don't like the long chain stays. i like more burly bikes. 650b is the cheese. i'm getting a transition covert in that size. building it up with some 40mm carbon wheels, and some other neat components. a pimpin finy pick...

    i like a slack head angle with a medium wheelbase, but a not to long top tube.

    a bike i've seen the guys from xperzo ride at mount saint anne is this beast

    Xprezo - Fabrication 100% canadienne

    mount saint anne closing weekend 2013-image_15.jpg

    things i would look for for in these bikes:

    -150mm-160mm travel
    -slack head angle
    -lower cable routing for adjustable seatpost
    -an adjustable seatpost (this is very important)
    -wide rims
    -650b wheels
    -12mm rear axle
    -34MM or 36mm fork stanchions
    -15mm or preferred 20mm front axle
    -air shocks
    -tubeless
    -powerful brakes
    -wide bars
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    hey aerius i'm very impressed you rode "tak tak"

    that's awesome techical on a hard tail....
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    Thanks! I used to live in Ottawa and rode at Bromont nearly every weekend, a group of us would pile in a van on Friday and camp there all weekend. We got lots of runs in on some disgustingly bad tech sections, the old flintstones section of the WC course was probably harder than anything at Ste. Anne other than the off-camber rock face on 1837 and the giant root ledges on the WC trail.

    Next time you guys are in Quebec you should definitely do some riding at Bromont. There's not as much vert as Ste. Anne but the trails are very well planned and developed. They have fast flowy trails like Trail 7 & 52 along with some very rocky trails (trail 18 & 20), I think they have the most progressive trails in eastern Canada.

    Plus a bike park with giant jumps where you can really send it.
    Ski Bromont Mountain Bike Park Big Line Jumps 2010 (3 angles) - YouTube

    And as I mentioned earlier, a world cup DH run
    bike downhill bromont world cup track - YouTube

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    thanks for the bromont advice but it is not as high on our list as mount saint anne.

    here's why:

    -over all elevation
    -quebec city close by
    -tourist stuff if it rains
    -reasonable chalet accommodation near lifts/trails
    -developing enduro trail network from the top of the mountain
    -the food
    -view/scenery
    -everything close by (including bike shops)
    -friendly locals
    -no crowds
    -wilderness close by
    -the fast gondola
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    a few more pics.

    <a href="http://s1288.photobucket.com/user/mudbunny2/media/DSC00643_zpsea0563d5.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1288.photobucket.com/albums/b500/mudbunny2/DSC00643_zpsea0563d5.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC00643_zpsea0563d5.jpg"/></a>

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    we where so lucky with the weather.
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    Looks like it was an excellent trip! All the pics made it almost like being there (I can almost taste the poutine...)!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    We've been going to MSA annually since 2008 (We only missed 2012 due to complications with my cancer treatments) and every visit has been a thrill. In total visits we've done it on 9 different bikes between SS and myself... note to self next time we're bringing the dh and am bikes

    Just wanted to add that every closing weekend there is a fall harvest festival at MSA. The village is packed with hikers, bikers, dogs, kids, young and young at heart. Tons of fun things to do including: races to the summit (and back down); gastronomic event with local food samples (proceeds go to the local hospital); I ate the best strawberries I ever tasted!; pump track; canine village (agility course for dogs!... oh I wish Rocky was still with us, he was a champ at agility racing).. etc etc

    that's not a propeller hat he he! but you can BYOB and dog on the patios
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    The World Cup course was steeper and more gnarly than captured in pics. It was not the most popular trail to ride.
    <a href="http://s1288.photobucket.com/user/mudbunny2/media/DSC00883_zps9c0e9589.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1288.photobucket.com/albums/b500/mudbunny2/DSC00883_zps9c0e9589.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC00883_zps9c0e9589.jpg"/></a>

    The highlight for me was doing the fast and flowy trails. This was my favorite jump line. And it was huge hit for the locals.
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    The gnarly enduro trails were also memorable (We didn't take enough pics on those trails)
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    bronson is a good choice to your height, though some people don't like the long chain stays. i like more burly bikes. 650b is the cheese. i'm getting a transition covert in that size. building it up with some 40mm carbon wheels, and some other neat components. a pimpin finy pick...

    i like a slack head angle with a medium wheelbase, but a not to long top tube.

    a bike i've seen the guys from xperzo ride at mount saint anne is this beast

    Xprezo - Fabrication 100% canadienne

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    things i would look for for in these bikes:

    -150mm-160mm travel
    -slack head angle
    -lower cable routing for adjustable seatpost
    -an adjustable seatpost (this is very important)
    -wide rims
    -650b wheels
    -12mm rear axle
    -34MM or 36mm fork stanchions
    -15mm or preferred 20mm front axle
    -air shocks
    -tubeless
    -powerful brakes
    -wide bars
    Well I'm sure a Bronson or equivalent bike would be great for the ruff stuff if I take the shuttle but I'm wondering how it would handle my typical run at Ste-Anne: 25-30K single track/larger trail with probably 1500 to 2000 feet gain (I don't have a GPS). For sure I have to go down so a 150mm bike would be great but on the way up? I also like Vallée-Bras-du-Nord which is more XC/trail riding with less elevation gain/descent.

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    i think you would be ok, these bikes tend to climb and pedal very well. in the carbon version with a smart component pick the weight would be reasonable. a very versatile system. plus the capability of attacking any downs. most xc bikes will have have some of the characteristics that i listed also. but the best way to find out if the bike suits you is take one of these rigs for a test ride on the trails you ride and on a trail you feel uncomfortable on. you will know right away if the bike will work for you.

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    Well I'm sure a Bronson or equivalent bike would be great for the ruff stuff if I take the shuttle but I'm wondering how it would handle my typical run at Ste-Anne: 25-30K single track/larger trail with probably 1500 to 2000 feet gain (I don't have a GPS). For sure I have to go down so a 150mm bike would be great but on the way up? I also like Vallée-Bras-du-Nord which is more XC/trail riding with less elevation gain/descent.
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