Émile Farrell-Dessureault – 21 years old – Road and mountain bike Team
My name is Émile but my close buddies call me ‘Milz’. Grew up in Gatineau five minutes of walk from the Gatineau park, I now lest the family nest and living in Sherbrooke for university. Did a physics certificate and starting a bachelor in civil engineering as of fall 2020.
Why/how did you first get into cycling?
I first started riding mountain bikes with my dad but really fell in love after a mountain bike summer camp in the Gatineau park. Didn’t stop ever since. I loved it so much that starting to race was just a natural transition for me and things got more and more serious ever since. I raced mountain bikes all my life and did some local road races until 2019 where I started to do some proper road races
Why do you like to race and what is your proudest racing moment?
I love the challenge of racing and the feeling of fulfilment that you get after a good race. Hanging with buddies at race is certainly enjoyable too. So far, my proudest race moment was finishing tour de Beauce 2019, even if I didn’t get a good result finishing a hard race like this one without having race on the road before was magical. Representing Canada at the 2019 mountain bike world championships is also up there in my glorious moments.
What else do you do for fun other than cycling?
Everything that brings me in the nature, hiking, climbing, skiing, running. I feel so relaxed and at ease when I’m in the forest. Off the bike I like to cook, bake and brew some kombucha.
What is your favorite ride and why?
Long mountain bikes rides to the fire tower in the Gatineau park always hits the spot for me. Being able to ride for so long in the woods on different trails really makes this ride unique. It also reminds me of my childhood, riding up there with my dad on the weekends