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Meet Gilles

Calgary, Canada

I am orginally from a small town in the South of France. I grew up on the bike and it has always been a way of life for me. Beyond that, the ride is all about exploring your surroundings, enjoying stops with good food, and always a great espresso. I have lived in Calgary for quite some time now, and while it may not be known as a cycling destination, there are many great rides and an incredible foodie scene.

Overall Rating / 2 Total Testimonials

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Gilles: VeloGuide

5 out of 5 stars
Lorrie B - August 02, 2018

Thank you Gilles for the fantastic ride up HIghwood Pass. It was a great way to finish my vacation. The route was remote, traffic was minimal while the scenery was beautiful. Who doesn't like riding in the mountains!

5 out of 5 stars
Joel G - February 07, 2018

Part of my job is to ride with and review VeloGuides across the world! Back in YYC I went on the French 50 with Gilles... we ended up doing 80 km and added a nice warm down in Glenmore Park. Cool thing was the pre-ride espresso at Velo Cafe and then a cold beer with duck rillette after the ride! Felt like I was in a cafe in France!

My Favorite Ride

The Cochrane loop.  You can discover the rollers of Spring Bank, challenge yourself on a 3 kilometer climb out of the Bow River Valley, and return through the beautiful Bearspaw area.  If you're up for a challenge, we can add laps on the hill at Canada Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Its a challenging 90 kilometer ride, but very rewarding, and you'll return to the Velo Cafe for an espresso or cold beer with memories you won't soon forget!

More ABout Gilles

I love riding in France (Provence) and climbing the Ventoux every summer.

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