Thursday, May 13, 2010

Descents: high speed and/or scenic

Bicycles enjoy going downhill, as do their riders.

We like long downhills. We like steep downhills. We like long and steep downhills.

Our favorites for exploring the top end of the bike's speed range are:
  • Jay Peak ski area descent west towards Montgomery
  • Rue principale est (east towards the river) from St-Clement village (Bas St-Laurent)
  • Hotel Lac Sacacomie from St-Alexis-des-Monts, the return direction descent to river
  • Rt 347 crossing the L'Assomption river (direction west) between St-Jean-de-Matha and Ste-Beatrix
Some of these are the mythical steep... then steeper. Others are short and sweet. Most have the length to accellerate, then super steepness to get you into the top speed department. Not all of these have perfect pavement, i.e. Lac Sacacomie does, and St-Clement doesn't. If you want to experience the real deal, we think that the ride to Hotel Lac Sacacomie from Louiseville offers one of the very best cycling experiences in quebec.

In the long and fun and not so steep department, we offer these choices
  • Ste-Emilie-de-l'Energie: Rang de la feuille d'erable direction south
  • St-Jean-de-Matha (rang St-Catherine) to St-Emilie-de-l'Energie
  • Chemin Nordet, St-Donat in Laurentiens (and a bit of Lanaudiere)
  • St-Malo (highest village in quebec?) to East Hereford, eastern townships
  • St-Hermenegilde to East Hereford
  • St-Malo to Coaticook
  • Anywhere in the Malbaie
  • Ste-Roch-de-Mekinac to Ste-Tite on Rt 159

Some of these are also our favorite climbs, and some have our favorite lookouts and viewpoints, but these are really separate categories for another day.


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