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