Gravel Battle 2017 happened on June 3rd. An abasolutely fantastic day to grind some gravel in the Pontiac of Region of Quebec. Being only 1 hour from Gatineau/Ottawa region, this area offers endless dirt road and dirt path opportunities. We had a nice turn out of folks from as far as East Ottawa, who came to enjoy (and suffer) on this varied-terrain route. The event started off with all riders coralled at the cafe with the Pontiac Equity paper getting a shot of the starting riders. We then heading 200m up the street to the PPJ Cyclepark trail and at 9:10am we headed off. While on route for 5 hours, no more than 2 vehicles passed the riders and only 5 ATVs. Rather incredible to be so alone for so long, where just some chatting, sweating and good times took place.
Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. 9am departure time.
Please arrive in time to check-in with Cam at Art Brulant coffee shop. no later than 8:45am please.
See tab link above for event details, route, etc..
Ride with GPS link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15866811
Surface: 5% pavement, 85% good gravel, 5% rough gravel, 5% ATV track
Ideal bike: 29'er hardtail, gravel bike with 700x40's, Fatbike pumped- up
On-route amenities: little to none. take an extra 5km ride up to Otter Lake to refill with food/water if need be, otherwise you're treating your own water.
The Province of Quebec is Canada's largest province. Nearly three times the size of France, most of which is sparsely populated, the majority of its people residing along the shores of the St Laurence Seaway, from Montreal to the Quebec city. The southern side of the St Laurence are the Eastern Townships, dotted with communities surrounded by rolling hills and peaks with ski runs oozing their way down to the shops and bars. To the north and west of the Seaway lies some of the most extensive gravel road systems I've ever encountered. Combine this with a severe lack of people and places, it is a mecca for disappearing into what is arguably Canada's best kept secret for remote gravel grinding and bikepacking.