I came to cycling via swimming and running, and eventually the triathlon. In 2012, I decided to move permanently to Sainte-Émélie and continue my profession of certified translator from here. During the ensuing year, I discovered the local people as well as the glorious mountains surrounding the many lakes. On foot, on my bicycle (occasionally having to turn around as asphalt gave way to dirt), or even as I swam, the discoveries never ceased. Often finding myself alone on these treks, as free as the wild creatures around me, I thought that this open air paradise, less than 2 hours from Montreal, had to be shared. My chosen village, along with many others in the region, is suffering from a downturn in the forestry economy, and deserves to be better known for all of its attributes.
Since childhood, I’ve found cycling to be my way of getting away from all my worries. Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie and its mountains challenged me as soon as I arrived in 2001. The elevation of the rang de la Seigneurie, the steep hill of the Grand Rang and the rang de la Feuille d’Érable were at first my worst nightmares and eventually became my best friends, as they helped me every spring to build up my leg muscles and my lung capacity. My training circuit takes me to the 131 highway and I find that, as I cycle, I’ve become one of the harbingers of summer.
Once a gymnast, I am generally sports minded, especially if it takes me outdoors. What a pleasure it is for me to work in such a splendid environment as Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie. Two minutes after lacing up my running shoes, I’m in the mountains, on a trail or somewhere along a river. As coordinator of recreational services at the Municipality, it appears to me that the development of our beautiful region depends in part on spreading the word about our cycling network. I’m therefore delighted to help develop the Vélo Ste-Émélie web site.