August 21st 2021 saw our second visit to the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada for Grinduro. The picturesque village of Saint-Urbain and the wonderful people who call this place home welcomed us back with open arms. Located just north of Baie-Saint-Paul, it is the gateway to the Charlevoix hinterland and the Parc National des Grands-Jardins, a unique natural setting with magnificent landscapes - once again bringing the perfect party to race ratio to this beautiful region and it was one for the history books!
The challenging course was made even tougher by a combination of extreme heat and low rainfall for this time of year; turning sections of what were once warp speed gravel track into deep pockets of sand. Riders had two options: power on through or hop off and walk. With temperatures soaring in the cloudless sky to a sweltering 37°C, it wasn’t just the wild descents that had riders sweating! But attendees stayed true to our world-famous #partytoraceratio throughout the day.
Race partners VeloCharlevoix adapted their route from the inaugural Grinduro Canada in 2019 to include 114km of gravel, singletrack, pavement and dirt, along with some of the most punishing climbs and screamingly fast descents the area has to offer. Some riders called the course “harder than Unbound” and “A1, super technical and very challenging in a good way!”
Riders of all abilities have praised the course. Kate Brennan who describes herself “just an average cyclist” commented on Instagram about Grinduro Canada “brutal, epic, relentless, technical and just generally challenging the whole way through, but so much fun!”
Post ride, the Grinduro party continued with live music from regional artists La Vie and Boucan Sound System, filling the air with chilled reggae vibes. What better accompaniment for relaxin’ after all that maxin’!
Grinduro wishes to thank all our sponsors, Giro, SRAM, Zipp, Maxxis, komoot, event host Evil Bikes, and Outdoor Gear Canada. But most of all to the volunteers.
See you again soon!