Words and Photos by Ryan Thibault
I smile at the customs agent. She’s scrutinizing my passport—one glance down at my mug shot, one up at me…and again. The photo is dated, and my Afro has long since been quaffed.
“An’ why are you tra-ve-ling to Ca-na-da?” she asks in a French accent as cute as her face. “To visit Cycles Xprezo,” I reply. “Ah, a moun-tain bi-ker,” she says with a knowing smile while handing back my documents and nodding me past.
There are a number of universal loves in Quebec and the bicycle tops the list, alongside Celine Dione and poutine. Spend even a few minutes in the province and the fanaticism for man’s most noble invention is apparent. This ingrained affinity for bicycle technology has given birth to one of Canada’s homegrown bicycle manufacturers, Cycles Xprezo.Tweet Print