Most of us like our sidewalks, paths, streets, roads and highways to be smooth. But there is at least one group of riders who prefer their roads to be rocky: the cyclists who ride cross-country (with a lot of downhill runs), on what are sometimes called mountain bikes.
And they’re coming (again) to the Greater Daglan Area, or GDA.
Less than four kilometres from downtown Daglan is a hill near the village of Saint-Pompon, and it’s one of the main sites for a key event in the 2017 Coupe de France VTT (for Vélo Tout Terrain, or all-terrain bikes).
The Coupe is actually a series of five rounds, and XC No. 2 (at Saint-Pompon) will take place on the weekend of April 15-16. This marks a return to Saint-Pompon, as the races weren’t held in the area last year.
So, what does it look like? Well, actually, it’s pretty scary. Here’s a photo of the hill taken this morning, with earth movers in the foreground:
It looked to me like the earth movers were adding the finishing touches to the final run at the bottom of the hill. Here’s how the path down the hill looks:
As for the riders, they face some pretty tough going. Here’s a photo from one of the races in the spring of 2012, taken from my posting of May 28, 2012, cleverly called “VTT comes to the GDA”:
So if this is your kind of action, the place to be is this hill just outside Saint-Pompon in a couple of weeks. As for us, we’ll probably be dining somewhere instead. Smoother going.