When he rode the course for Friday’s Grand Prix de Québec, Ryder Hesjedal described it as “
a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”
Appreciating its many challenges, photographer Casey B. Gibson spent Thursday scoping out prime spots on the route through Québec City and found it can also rank as “the most historic, and possibly the most beautiful, course in North America.”
1K to go banner in front of the Hotel Frontenac.
Ag2r riders test out the climb up from the river.
One of the many street artists works on his trade near the Frontenac.
The Caisse d’Epargne team rides through the St. Louis Arch in the old city.
Horse-drawn carriages carry tourists, and the media, around the course.
Some local riders challenge the very steep lower section of the climb.
A lone Quick Step rider on the climb.
The finishing straight, 600 meters of very straight incline.
One of the many fountains in Quebec City, this one imported from Bordeaux, France.
Not a bad place for a press room; the inside of the spectacular Hotel Frontenac.
The team mechanics and bikes are camped in the white tent on the front lawn of the Frontenac.
The beautiful Hotel Frontenac, the nicest host hotel in America.
Garmin’s Ryder Hesjedal looks relaxed, despite of carrying the hopes of the nation on his shoulders.
The Porte Saint Louis, part of the wall that surrounds the old section of the city.
The course curves around the street below, in front of the visiting QE2.
The Team Sky boys, including one of the favorites, Edvald Boasson Hagen, check out the course.
The narrow streets of the shopping district are part of the finishing straight.
The start/finish line of the race, looking down the finish straight.