Summer Edition of Travel Memories: Cycle Tourism Around the World (Downtown Branch)

Friday, August 9
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Snell Auditorium

Join our expert panel of cyclists, hear about their amazing cycling adventures around the world and learn how biking tourism opens unique discoveries and challenges.

Get info to plan your own cycling weekend right here in Red Deer!

Speakers: Meet Yvonne, John and Chris!

Yvonne was an enthusiastic participant in the first (and so far, only) Canadian edition of Cycling for Libraries, which took place in the Toronto-Hamilton-Niagara area in 2016. Founded in 2011, Cycling for Libraries is an international cycling conference for librarians and library lovers. The conference aims to advocate for libraries and increase awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community.
Yvonne is a librarian at Red Deer College Library. She loves snooping in all kinds of libraries, and so was deeply grateful to have participated in Cycling for Libraries, as it was an immensely educational and enlightening professional development experience.

The year John retired he rode his bicycle to the Atlantic coast and then all the way down to Venezuela. It was so much fun that the next year he rode in Vietnam, the year after that through Ireland, then more and more including along the European rivers such as the Danube, the Loire, and the Rhine. Israel and India followed. A wonderful way to travel and see the world. John is a retired teacher and vice-principal at Lindsay Thurber High School. He now spends his time repairing bicycles, wood-working, and riding his bicycle.

Chris has been an avid cyclist since 1996, the advent of the mountain bike craze in North America, and since then has ridden countless kilometres on roads and trails throughout North America on mountain bikes and road bikes and has had many memorable journeys along the way. Perhaps one of the most memorable was his trip to France in July 2018 to ride the Tour de France mountains in the French Alps with a former Tour de France top rider turned coach and his elite level trainees who sought to reproduce for 7 days the experience of being a Tour de France rider riding some of the most storied and challenging climbs in cycling including the Col de la Madelaine, Le Col du Glandon, the Col de la Sarenne, the Col du Galibier and Col du Lautaret and L’Alpe d’ Huez. And all of this against the backdrop of expectant crowds who were waiting for the actual Tour to come through riding the same mountains a couple of days after Chris’ group had ridden them and an extremely enthusiastic nation cheering along its soccer team to winning perhaps the greatest prize in sport – the World Cup. When he is not riding Chris is a lawyer in Red Deer and loves sharing stories about his bike adventures with anyone who will listen.