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Great pics but I can't place where that last one is at. I'd like to stop there next time I'm up. Where is it?
Chute Delaney methinks.
 

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We spent the Thanksgiving long weekend at Vallee Bras du Nord.

We arrived Friday evening and stayed at the Roquemont, then rode the Saint Raymond trails all day Saturday.

On arrival we checked out the trail head and the little pump track
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We met one of the patrol named Jean. He was amazing and he gave us the heads up that 8km of new trails will be opening next year in Shanahan (can't wait to go back :) )
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Fresh beer :thumbsup:
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Cheers... free beer :)

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Part deux. We drove to Shanahan on Sunday and rode all day. Neilson was closed for hunting so we have an other reason to return :)
Although it rain during the night and early morning, the trails were well drained (some small puddles) ; we were careful on the bridges but the rocks were ok. Trails were flowy and buff



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the photos look good. are the trails technical, twisty?
There are the St. Raymond trails, then about 12 miles north are the Shanihan trails.

There are some trails at each that are techy.

But, the riding at the two places will be very different. At Shanihan you have the Neilson trails: East, North, South that are amazing. Riding there is on a grander scale. Some of the best single track I've ever ridden. Excellent combination of old school tech and new flow. I prefer tech riding compared to fast, buff, flow. The tech at Shan is tough, though not the toughest I rode. There are a few really cool tech climbs, especially the one on Neilson North, that are long and super cool.


On lower Shan you have many buff trails, but also a trail called something like Boreal, which is techy up, and has tough features on the way down.


Just went back this past weekend to camp and got rained out so hit up Quebec City which was cool. Also, be warned that the best trails are shut down due to hunting season.
 

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^ Thanks for the summary MikerJ... very cool we were at VBN at the same time. I have a great deal of respect for the trail builders and community for their efforts to create such fun trail network.

We can't wait to go back again (before hunting season) to explore the Neilson trails.
 

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the photos look good. are the trails technical, twisty?
Thanks. The pics are only a glimpse of what we experienced. The trails are rated beginner, intermediate, black diamond and double black. Lots of signage. Know your limits :)
 

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^ Thanks for the summary MikerJ... very cool we were at VBN at the same time. I have a great deal of respect for the trail builders and community for their efforts to create such fun trail network.

We can't wait to go back again (before hunting season) to explore the Neilson trails.

Cool.

Yeah the Neilson trails are really something else. Probably some of the best single track I've ever ridden.
 

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The new trail LEGENDE at Vallée-Bras-du-Nord is amazing... More a downhill trail (or enduro) than Neilson but it is truly special. First a flow section with nice berms and small jumps. Then 5 or 6 technical features some of them for experts only (rated double black diamond). The main segment of trail is in the pictures below: you descend on granite following a waterfall.



 

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That looks phenomenal, thanks for the update LewisQC.
 

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We're coming! Road trip with a bunch of old farts planned for the last week of September. Sorry to hear that Neilson Est is closed but I'm assuming the rest of the trails will not disappoint! Légende looks amazing!
 

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Nelson Est is apparently the one trail for old farts to avoid, unless you find a shuttle.
Trying to firm up plans with 2 buddies for the week of 22nd.
I'll be one of 2 older farts, both on red & black Rocky Mountain T-Bolts, trying to keep up with a 50yr old punk.
 

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Ya, we've got one of those spry youngsters that rides like a mountain goat! We intend to hit Sentiers de Moulin for a day (maybe the 22nd) then over to Shannahan then VBN. We'll be two Trance's and two Santa Cruz'.

Any suggestions on accommodations for 4 guys not wanting to share beds?
 

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Nelson Est is apparently the one trail for old farts to avoid, unless you find a shuttle.
Trying to firm up plans with 2 buddies for the week of 22nd.
I'll be one of 2 older farts, both on red & black Rocky Mountain T-Bolts, trying to keep up with a 50yr old punk.
Neilson Est is not that hard. Really a long descent with a mix of steep flow with rock ledge/jump/slab. But you're right, to get there it's the hardest climb in the area. My last time there (2018) it was 35 degrees and I had to walk most of it... It's 2.3km at 14% in a loose fire road. They are supposedly building a single track to go up there. Maybe next year... I'm going to ride the three Neilson tomorrow so I'll see if I can stay on my bike!
 
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