International Mountain Bike Festival and UCI World Cup more intense than ever

International Mountain Bike Festival and UCI World Cup more intense than ever

Quebec City (Quebec) Monday, July 28, 2014 – Excitement’s in the air in downtown Québec City and at Mont-Sainte-Anne a few hours before the start of the activities running from July 31 to August 3.

Whether in town or on the mountain, the 2014 program promises to be more intense than ever with the new Cross-country eliminator World Cup, the Downhill World Cup, the Cross-country World Cup, and the urban event City8 which will kick off the festivities in style this Thursday. And don’t forget the Raid Vélo Mag, Véli-Kidz race, Critérium iBike, Bike Polo tournament, Pumptrack Epic, Family Zone and even more activities for all mountain biking enthusiasts and visitors!

A must-do
“This is the 24th consecutive year that Mont-Sainte-Anne has hosted the international mountain bike events,” boasted Yves Blouin, president of Corporation Coupe du monde de vélo de montagne Mont-Ste-Anne. “In addition to introducing the UCI Cross-country eliminator World Cup to the program, the City8 contest has reached new heights this year—it will be an official Gold event on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB) with 30 athletes participating!” Beginning Thursday, the word intense will take on a new meaning at place d’Youville before all eyes turn to the World Cups. The action will move over to the mountain Friday with the presentation of the UCI Cross-country eliminator World Cup, where Alma native Léandre Bouchard will try to maintain his 9th position in the rankings.

Saturday will doubtless be the festival’s busiest day with the UCI Downhill World Cup where the world’s best downhill cyclists will compete for a place on the podium. Will Canadian Steve Smith defend his 2013 championship title? Only time will tell! Also on Saturday, Parcs éoliens de la Seigneurie de Beaupré will host the Raid Vélo Mag, challenging more than 500 amateur cyclists over distances of 33km, 63km and 81km. Note that the 30km loop has a reputation for being ideal for cyclists new to cross-country. Finally, the weekend of competitions will end on a high note as the UCI Cross-country World Cup will feature several Canadian and Quebec athletes on a completely redesigned 4km course.

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