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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.
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    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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    Galvaude from the famous Chez Bolduc for singlesprocket (SS said it was )
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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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