ROUVY LEGEND 18/19 - JEAN CUMMINS

ELIŠKA HARANTOVÁ - 06/06/2019
"The weather is too cold? Too hot? Rainy? Snowy? Well, Rouvy is waiting for you to enjoy riding indoors in any part of the world!"

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.