Of Legend and Lore

Mount-Sainte-Anne’s gondola has been transporting racers and riders alike for decades, sometimes to career-defining World Cup runs, other times to another beautiful day in the bike park. No matter the trail though, the gondola’s open doors are an indication of sublime singletrack in the not-so-distant future. SONY, 1/640 sec, f/4, ISO 2500

Of Legend and Lore Mont-Sainte-Anne's Many Masterpieces

To most mountain bikers, the name Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA) conjures up iconic images of World Cup racing glory,

from mud-soaked downhill championships to grueling tests of cross-country endurance. For a relatively small mountain of 2,050 feet in elevation, its global reputation punches far above its height, registering some of the most memorable moments in mountain bike racing history.

The mountain established itself as part of the mountain bike racing circuit in the early days of international racing, hosting its first World Cup event in 1991. Since then, MSA has been the site of a World Cup race every year, at times fielding the actual World Championships. These races have become the main act in a massive bike festival called Velirium, organized by a company whose boss, Patrice Drouin, was a forefather of mountain biking in Quebec.

The mountain’s World Cup racing pedigree had a huge influence on the region’s riding community, and over the years many standout athletes emerged from the scene, which even fostered Olympic greats such as Marie-Hélène Prémont, who won a silver medal in the cross-country discipline in 2004.

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