For the first time in XTERRA history the sport is headed to the French-speaking east coast of Canada.
Organizers Alain Deraspe and Michel Ferland are bringing XTERRA to Lac Delage for the inaugural XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon and sports festival on August 28-31
“Lac Delage was chosen to host the event as it delivers world-class trails and clean water, and is located just 20 minutes from downtown,” said Deraspe. “Rare are the cities on nature’s very doorstep, where urban living melds seamlessly with outdoor enjoyment. Quebec City, much to the delight of sports people and visitors, is one of them.”
XTERRA is a labor of love for Deraspe and Ferland. As proof, they’ve joined forces with experienced cyclist and trail builder Gabriel Marceau to actually add single track trails to the established route just for the XTERRA.
“Gabriel Marceau is responsible for the bike course and trail development, and also for the organization and management of the race,” explained Deraspe. "The 6km mountain bike loop includes a portion of existing trails, about 2km of forest trails and 2km of single track. We have created an additional 2km of single track strictly for the event. Our loop is already well under way and 90% complete. We will spend the summer improving it to make it impeccable. We have access to all required tools, labor and machinery. It will be possible to create something spectacular by including bridges and additional structures depending on how well we will have budgeted for this first event, but know that we are targeting growth. We are looking to please and progressively amaze even the most demanding cyclists.”
The XTERRA Quebec Festival will also offer swimming and trail running events, hiking, mountain biking, games for young children, and initiation clinics which focus on each of the three different disciplines.
The main event is August 31 and will award 15 qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds for the top finishers in each division.
“Within minutes of the historic district of Quebec City are mountains, lakes, rivers, and much more. Right in the heart of the city are the Plains of Abraham, an immense urban park where people love to bike, picnic, inline skate, or simply relax and enjoy the outdoors,” said Deraspe, who added that Quebec City is the most European city in North America.