The "Flatter" Course
: In the early days I used to promote 2 different races, the "Flat" Course and the "Hilly" Course, but too many people yelled at me after running the Flat Course, saying it wasn't flat at all.
This is the Ark and the Gatineau Hills after all!
So yes, the Flatter Course does have some hills, but it's the flattest I could come while staying on my property.
This course starts with the shortest possible uphill of all the options, but it will leave you a "bit" winded nonetheless. But once you've made it you there are some nice views and some funny twisty, turny technical trails as you slowly descend to the trail beer mile loop (please be sure not to step on, or trip over, the one maple sap line crossing).
Once through the 400m "Beer Mile" loop, 2km of your race is run and then you get to descend a decent descent! Once at the bottom, you turn right and run a short distance, downhill still, on a much wider trail.
Then you pass the sugar shack for another kilometer of up and down, left and right, technical single track. That section is a lot of fun, so enjoy it!
Because there is another moderate climb waiting for you. From beginning to end, it's probably about 400m long with one or two steeper sections, that you may want to walk for a few steps...
Once at the top though, "you've made it"... well pretty much. There are a couple of short little climbs but for the most part, you can open it up and enjoy the assistance gravity will give you.
For the Solefit 10k runners, they get to cruise inside and eat, drink and be merry.