Vélo Québec Voyages Guides
At Vélo Québec Voyages, we give utmost importance to the selection of our guides. Our main focus in this regard is professionalism. More specifically, we choose our guides based on their ability to make your life easier, in a flexible, pleasant and safe environment. This is based on several criteria, mainly, their extensive bike touring experience, their in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics and first aid, their ability to react promptly and effectively to emergency and unforeseen situations, their tact, their ability to communicate and their skill in escorting a group of people.
Our guides contribute significantly to the quality of your trips by adding their own personal touch. We know we made the right choice by integrating the following individuals into our team!
Bubbly and young at heart, Anne is always in awe of the simple pleasures along her route. A nomad at heart, she thirsts for new encounters and wide open spaces. Whether backpacking by bike, by canoe or on skis, she enjoys helping others discover and enjoy what the world has to offer. With her keen sense of organization and attention to detail, you will definitely be in good hands!
Since childhood, Audrey-Anne has had a passion for travelling and discovering new horizons. A physical education teacher, she began her travel career as a guide in the Canadian and American West. Her numerous treks have taken her to China, India, Morocco and Central America. After discovering the joys of bike touring in Scotland and on the American West Coast a few years ago, her bike has been her constant companion. Very energetic and organized, Audrey-Anne wants to make your cycling experience as memorable as possible.
Claude is an outstanding organizer, whose interpersonal skills and sunny disposition set her apart. She worked as a logistician for Cyclo Nord-Sud and Vélo Québec. Passionate about bicycles - she has seven (“one for every occasion”), she has travelled many kilometers, both locally and abroad. Curious, committed and enthusiastic, her adventures have taken her as far as the Arctic by boat and the Aconcagua by foot!
Nature lover and people person – Denise is both! She has an extensive environmental background, which she also applied in municipal politics, since she enjoys raising public awareness. She can talk to you about birds, insects or the importance of wetlands, if you want. Always on the go, she loves embarking on adventures with friends, whether biking, mountain trekking or cross-country skiing. Curious by nature and eager to discover new cultures, she has travelled in Europe, Africa, North and South America, but knows Québec like the back of her hand! She has biked in Austria, Cyprus, Bolivia, the United States and different parts of Canada. She has acted as cycling escort in the Summer Challenges, Petite Aventure and Grand Tour Desjardins since 2011, in addition to being an instructor in the Cycliste averti program. She became a guide in 2012. Denise will familiarize you with your destination, down to the very last detail!
From man of the woods to man of the world: that’s Éric’s story. A recreation technician in the outdoor activities and leadership field, he took advantage of his retirement to open himself up to the world. He has guided many groups across Canada, in addition to discovering the diversity of people and cultures in such countries as Vietnam, Madagascar, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Germany. Curious, organized and sociable, Éric takes his job very seriously, while poetically describing himself as a “memory artist”.
An experienced, passionate guide, Fernando is always ready for new adventures. After graduating in adventure tourism in 2005, he now has over 16 years’ experience in this field. Whether for work, fun or personal fulfillment, his trips have taken him by foot, bike, kayak, canoe, snowshoes or dogsled to every corner of Canada and as far away as New Zealand, in addition to Alaska, the American Southwest, Taiwan, Iceland, France, Spain, Italy and Croatia. A master of ingenuity, Fernando is the man you can count on for an unforgettable cycling experience.
This is a guy who knows where he’s going! When it comes to organization and planning, Gilles has it covered. A young retiree, he worked as a policeman for over 35 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. His duties there highlighted his leadership and sense of supervision and responsibility. Québec, New England, Costa Rica, Alsace and Austria are among his cycling destinations. Gilles has a friendly personality and enjoys company, life and real people. Bike touring is a passion that he would like to share with you.
A seasoned bike tourist, either with an organized group or on his own, Gilles has cycled throughout Québec and abroad. He works with Vélo Québec in many capacities: he has been a cycling escort since 2009, moderates bike-to-work workshops and prepares the cyclists of tomorrow via the Cycliste averti program for elementary students. This great outdoorsman loves sharing his passion for all things cycling. Gilles is a team player who exudes fun. He adds humour to each day and has a contagious love for life. You will recognize him easily by his infectious laugh. A friendly, responsible fellow who always puts others first.
Guillaume, with his boyish looks, is the ambassador of biking! He promotes the sport to youngsters as part of the On the move to school program, as well as to adults by participating in Operation Bike-to-Work. His passions include the circus, outdoor activities and bicycle mechanics. With a bachelor’s degree in animation and cultural research from UQÀM, he has been on the Vélo Québec Voyages team since 2006.
Jacob is a perfect combination of Fred Pellerin and Bernard Voyer. With him, a simple anecdote becomes a fantastic adventure. Through his grand gestures, comical expressions and sense of humour, you will discover the captivating history of the places along your route. A professional guide and member of Aventure Écotourisme Québec, Jacob is a disciplined guy who is passionate about his job. During the past 9 years, he has guided trips in the Grand Canyon, Alaska, the Yukon, Anticosti Island, Western Canada, the U.S. East Coast and Baffinland. He has also travelled to France, Italy, Switzerland and Jamaica, in addition to participating in the documentary TV show Destination Nor’Ouest II, where he spent 100 days living as our ancestors did in 1793.
Curious by nature and multi-talented, Jacques-Alexandre wears many hats: sound engineer, soundman, musician, cabinet maker, carpenter, cyclist, bicycle mechanics instructor… he’s a jack of all trades. A nature lover, he enjoys several sports, including canoeing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and solo hiking. He discovered bike touring at age 14, while exploring the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region with his cousin. Once back home, the local concession roads became his cycling playground. He soon taught himself bicycle mechanics and then met up with Denise Belzil at Techno Cycle. For over eight years, Jacques-Alexandre has alternated between the world of biking and the recording studios of the cinematography industry. After several trips abroad, he rediscovered his passion for bike touring in Iceland. For him, biking is a philosophy of life that he wants to share with everyone.
John always sees the humorous side of life! A graduate in French literature and translation, he works in communications and public relations and teaches at McGill University. His cycling destinations include Ontario, New England, Ireland, England and France. In fact, John literally lives on a bike. He owns six of them and gets around everywhere on two wheels. He’s a real bike addict and curious about everything. A regular of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, Petite Aventure Desjardins and Grand Tour Desjardins, he is also a very positive group leader who is skilled at solving problems on the spot.
Marie-Andrée makes the most out of life. You will be won over by her smile, know-how and energy. Passionate about people, travelling and the many chance encounters along the route, Marie-Andrée will instill in you her love of adventure and travel. She has roamed the planet in a variety of ways: teaching in Brazil and Spain, bike touring in Argentina, backpacking in Europe and hiking in Tanzania, throughout Canada and in the northeastern United States. Between teaching and adventure, Marie-Andrée likes nothing better than sharing her enthusiasm as a guide.
A trained musician and sound technician, Martin has had the privilege of working in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The big tops of Cirque du Soleil allowed him to discover many places around the globe to pedal his bike and even scale certain mountain peaks. In addition to having a solid background in bicycle mechanics, Martin has also participated in competitions in the Coupe du Québec mountain bike circuit for a few seasons. He has spent quite a bit of time on American soil navigating the mountain passes and cafés of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and California. Looking for some tips on making the most of an ascent or a descent or having an espresso for the road? Martin is ready to share all his passions!
In terms of health and fitness, Maryvonne is both pure energy and a source of inspiration! For several years, she has been a person trainer and aquafitness instructor, always aiming for the highest level of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing! And her knowledge and attention to detail measure up to her ambitions! Very active at Vélo Québec, Maryvonne lectures at biking trade shows, moderates Operation Bike to Work and On the move to school! workshops and acts as cycling escort in numerous events. As a guide, she has travelled with us to such destinations as Tuscany, Vienna-Budapest, Finger Lakes, New England, Saguenay River Fjord and Charlevoix.
A seasoned participant in the Grand Tour Desjardins and numerous other Vélo Québec cycling events, Nicolas is generous and attentive. A curious traveller, he is equally passionate about bike touring and cyclosportives. His only regret will be not to cycle with you.
Pascale is full of energy! Efficient, resourceful and optimistic, she’s a real people person. She has worked for over ten years at Vélo Québec Événements, mainly coordinating the volunteer sector. A VQV guide since 2002, Pascale has a habit of inaugurating new routes — Andalusia, Turkey, Sicilia, Montérégie training camp, Compostela – Spanish route, Croatia and Loire-Brittany. She has also travelled or lived in Europe, Tunisia, India and Western Canada. As for bikes, let’s just say that she’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty to adjust yours!
Introduced to high adventure at a very young age, Patrice has a passion for discovering open spaces and hinterland. He ensures that each of his trips, whether solo, as a family or in a group, is a dream opportunity for making new discoveries and having unforgettable experiences. While contemplative and idealistic by nature, Patrice is a man of action who loves sharing his passion for biking, sailing and backcountry skiing. His great sensitivity makes him an attentive guide whose sole objective is to maximize your cycling experience.
In the tradition of Samuel de Champlain and Indiana Jones, Patrick, through his vast experience and amazing ingenuity, knows how to handle adventure. To say that he has a taste for it is a bit of an understatement. Outdoor expeditions have become vital for him - the perfect balance for his physical and mental health. They provide an opportunity to meet any challenge - large or small - that a trip may present. Saddlebags packed tightly with basic camping gear, he pedals along the routes with pleasure and enthusiasm. You will find his passion for biking and travelling infectious.
With Pierre, it’s all about experience! In the late 70s, while he was still at university, he worked in the summer as a guide for Club Jeunesse, now known as Club Voyage. His most frequent destinations included France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Greece. He then went on to conduct several guided bus tours of Canada and the United States involving groups of up to fifty European tourists, which speaks volumes about his leadership skills. Pierre joined the Vélo Québec Voyages team in 2002.
Summer or winter, whether in the forest or on the highway, Pierre loves to bike. In fact, this easy-going athlete loves everything about bikes – not just pedalling them, but also repairing them and building them from scratch. In addition to performing these functions as a Vélo Québec guide, he has been a bike mechanic for years, as well as a mechanics instructor. Pierre is a very popular guide. Versatile, friendly and organized, he enjoys sharing his passion for biking. In addition, this trilingual traveller is unusually resourceful wherever he happens to be on the planet. With Pierre, you travel with peace of mind.
With Pierre, nothing is impossible. If an idea is good, he embraces it and if a project has potential, he develops it. With Pierre, life is “active”. In addition to taking up long-distance sports challenges with a smile on his face, Pierre is a professional guide, lifeguard, swimming coach, lifesaving instructor, trucker, bus driver and park warden. When traveling, he likes to interact with the locals. He has pedaled through several countries in Europe and South America. Meticulous and very organized, Pierre is a guide with whom you will be in good hands.
Affectionately known as Mr. Moustache, Richard joined the Vélo Québec Voyages team in 2000. Austria and Tuscany are no longer foreign to this history buff. Portugal, Morocco, the Netherlands, Western Canada, Greece, Corsica and Germany are also in his cycling portfolio. Skilled communicator and colourful personality, Richard has given several lectures at bike shows in Montréal, Québec City and Toronto. He was also designated to represent the Route Verte in Châteauroux, France and inform the Fédération française of its official inauguration in 2007. With over twenty years’ experience, it goes without saying that this man knows a lot about first aid and bicycle mechanics!
Travelling with Robert means travelling with peace of mind. Indeed, as a former City of Montréal fire fighter, notably captain from 1993 to 2008, this man knows how to handle any situation. With him, you immediately feel secure. Friendly and fit, Robert first worked at VQV as a cycling escort for several editions of the Grand Tour Desjardins, as well as in Italy — he gets by quite well in Italian.
Robert and resourcefulness go hand in hand! During his career as an electronics technician at Radio-Canada, he frequently had to work in isolated areas, often under difficult conditions, where he demonstrated his many strengths. Recently retired, he happily travels about by bike. Active member of a club since 2000, he has been a cycling escort for Vélo Québec Voyages several times, both here and in Europe. Robert also has a passion for Spanish, which he perfected during an immersion course in Costa Rica.
Canadian champion several times over (road and track) and a very friendly cycling enthusiast, he will be more than pleased to share his vast experience as a racer and trainer with you.