Photos by Marie France L’Ecuyer (@mariefrance.lecuyer)
This isn’t the first time Samuel Lalande-Markon has set off on an impressive human-powered expedition. Back in 2020, he and Félix-Antoine Tremblay made the first bicycle crossing of the Route Blanche on the Lower North Shore of Quebec, travelling 500 miles in the heart of the Quebec winter. In 2021, Samuel and David Désilets travelled across the province by bike and canoe, from the easternmost point of Quebec, Blanc-Sablon, to its extreme opposite, in the Cree community of Waskaganish, bordering James Bay.
On Wednesday, Samuel started the cycling portion of a trans-Quebec expedition, known as Expédition Transboréale. Over the next few weeks, he will ride 1,475 kilometers from the southern point of Quebec to Chisasibi, where he will regroup with the film crew and expedition partner Simon-Pierre Goneau. Then the two will ski 1,250 kilometers to Ivujivik in the north. There are only six communities on their route, and they’ll go from 6 to 13 days between resupplies. In total, the expedition is expected to take around 100 days. You can take a look at their route below.
The eagle-eyed among us will notice Samuel is riding a yet-to-be-released Panorama Cycles bike equipped with a Pinion, a first for the Quebec-based bike company. We’re already in touch and will be sharing more on that soon. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the expedition via their Facebook page.
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