Discover France Loves Their Guides…and You Will Too
Discover France offers a wide variety of adventure travel itineraries that help our guests “discover” the best of what France has to offer. Many of these exciting tours also include expert guides to lead the way and make sure every trip runs smoothly. Our guides are professionally trained and certified, highly knowledgeable and know exactly how to show you the time of your life. They have the best job in the world because they get to do what they are passionate about, every day. We thought it would be interesting to pick their brains and learn a little about what being a professional guide is really like.
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Born in Marseilles, Patrick has been riding bikes for twenty years, almost half his life. Staying healthy and active has always been important to him, which explains the 11 Ironman’s he has competed in throughout Europe. He enjoys spreading his knowledge and motivating others, and accomplishes these by being not only a certified cycling guide, but also a ski instructor in the Alpes during winter.
Here are a few other interesting facts we found out about Patrick:
Which region do you like riding best and why?
I like to ride in the Pyrenees the best. There are all kinds of possible riding in this region and the landscape is beautiful.
What is the hardest col you have rode up?
I always find Mont Ventoux very difficult. Col de la Bonnette, one of the highest in Europe, is probably the hardest I have climbed.
What is your greatest tour memory?
In 2008, I led a tour up the whole Hautacam in the cold fog. When we reached the top the sky was clear and blue. We celebrated the end of our tour with a glass of champagne.
What kind of bike do you own?
I own and love my Scott Addict R2 bike.
What should travelers remember to pack?
- Good and comfortable saddle if you are bringing your own
- Cleats; make sure you check them before your tour because you will be clipping in and out more than usual
- Warm clothes for the top of mountains if you will see the tops on your tour
Patrick’s strong drive is one reason he has been nicknamed Ninja by clients that have benefited from his “leave no man behind” attitude while climbing all the big mountains of the Tour de France. He always shows his groups a good time and knows when to help and when to let adventure happen naturally.