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.
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!
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.