So, you signed up for a MTB stage race; now what?
Lucky you! These events showcase a community’s best trails, local cuisine, and hospitality, all while bringing cyclists together from near and far to embark on an adventure in a festival atmosphere. It is no wonder MTB stage racing is growing! You should be excited, maybe a little nervous. Let me, Emma, take you through a tour of my preparations for a MTB stage race. Better yet, sign up to do the Quebec Single-Track Experience Stage Race (QSE) with me and we can prepare together!
What have you signed up for?
MTB stage racing consists of several back-to-back days of cross-country style mountain bike racing. Riders depart each day with a mass start and contend for the fastest cumulative time over all the stages. Expect stages to take strong riders three to five hours each day on courses that typically start and finish in the same location. Many MTB stage race participants are not racing per-say, but are challenging themselves to a big mountain biking undertaking with course support and kindred spirits. There is a place in MTB stage racing for all mountain bike enthusiasts. Aid stations are along the courses and are stocked with water, snacks, and mechanical and medical support. Riders still need to carry hydration, nutrition, clothing for inclement weather, maps if a wrong turn is taken, and tools to manage mechanicals due to the distance between stations and the remote nature of the stages.
I have registered to race the Quebec Singletrack Experience (QSE). I chose this event because I have heard whispers that the mountain biking in Eastern Canada is a little-known gem and Quebec is a providence of natural and historical treasures to explore. When I am researching a MTB stage race to participate in, I take a close look at the logistics and support the event provides. QSE has anticipated and made available all the features I look for to make my experience smooth.
Yeah, QSE is a tight ship you want to board! Want to join me for this one? Of course you do. I have three 50% off codes to register. Message me and I’ll hook you up.
Now comes the fun part: looking at the stages and beginning your preparations. Take a preview of what is to come in this video. Talk soon!