Hello Jean, at first thank you for your time for the Rouvy Legend interview!
What is your home country and the town where you spent your childhood?
I was born and raised in Montréal, the second largest city of Canada.
Please, could you describe your story of getting acquainted with cycling and your first bike?
Like a lot of kids in the ‘60s, my first bicycle was a Mustang with the long and high handle bars and the long “banana“ saddle. I liked to ride, but it was mainly my way to go from point A to point B. Then, I got my first car and cycling was mainly over. I started to gain weight and I started smoking. At the age of 48, on the 27th of April 2008, I made the best decision of my life. After 34 years as a heavy smoker, I quit; I also started to eat better and decided to walk a lot. After 6 months, I had lost 25 kg. and I was down to my healthy weight. At one point, walking was not enough, so I decided to buy a new bicycle and started to commute to work. I was living in the USA, in Seattle (WA).
I bought a touring bicycle, a NOVARA. Heavy bicycle, but very solid. I still have it, but almost never use it.
My second bicycle was a 2011 FELT Z4. This was my first road bicycle. I had an accident with it, and I replaced it with the same brand, but the 2016 version. I just love it!
Where are you based at the moment?
I now live in Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa, the capital of Canada. My wife and I moved back to Canada after 12 years spent abroad: 6 years in the USA and 6 years in Brussels, Belgium.