Cana­dian Club

A film-wor­thy pas­sion for cy­cling

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Tracey Green

Col­lec­tif Par­lee has a film­wor­thy pas­sion for cy­cling

The Col­lec­tif Par­lee doesn’t brag about its size or found­ing his­tory. It isn’t fo­cused on growth; in fact, it only con­sid­ers it cau­tiously.

This cy­cling club, lo­cated in Que­bec City, pro­tects the bond that ex­ists within its tribe of cy­clists who train hard, but don’t take things too se­ri­ously. These self-pro­claimed ad­ven­tur­ers re­cently in­creased their club’s size by one third and took on three new mem­bers this year, bring­ing their full count from six to nine rid­ers.

Charles Os­tiguy, found­ing mem­ber and sales rep for Par­lee Cy­cles, says that even though the club started in 2014, most of the group has been rac­ing to­gether for al­most a decade. The Col­lec­tif Par­lee races in the M1 cat­e­gory (fastest masters cat­e­gory) and sees its rid­ers on the podium on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He says for a bunch of old guys, they share a good hu­mour about the sport, but are ded­i­cated to the train­ing, which yields good re­sults.

“It’s a small team. We want to be a group of friends, first and fore­most. It’s got to make sense for us. We travel to­gether, so it needs to be more than just a team. We need to have fun to train 12 to 15 hours a week. Oth­er­wise, it’s point­less,” Os­tiguy says.

They marked the 2017 sea­son with a train­ing camp and races closer to home such as La Coupe des Amériques, the Killing­ton Ver­mont Stage Race and other events that make the most of the com­pe­ti­tion sched­ule.

Stick­ing close to Que­bec is only part of the team’s as­pi­ra­tions. Rid­ing for the “sheer beauty of cy­cling,” as Os­tiguy puts it, the group plans an in­ter­na­tional rid­ing trip each year. In April, the club’s ad­ven­tures in Spain in­cluded 1,200 km rid­ing and 20,000 m of climb­ing in 10 days. In 2016, they cy­cled through France. Next year, a trip to Lucca, Italy, in the works. Since travel is a large part of the club’s train­ing goals, Col­lec­tif Par­lee is some­times ac­com­pa­nied by a fel­low cy­clist, friend and pro­fes­sional videog­ra­pher who shoots the rid­ers’ ex­ploits. And since ev­ery team mem­ber brings a tal­ent to the group, from writ­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy, it’s no won­der these short films are of such high cal­i­bre. “That’s the idea be­hind the Col­lec­tif: that ev­ery­one brings some­thing to the group. One guy de­signs the jer­seys, an­other writes for us, one guy is a photographer, so ev­ery­one has a role,” says Os­tiguy. They cur­rently have two chore­ographed, six-minute films that not only cap­ture the thrill of the ride, but also tell a story through highly cre­ative con­cepts. When asked about their next video project, Os­tiguy says that it has to be con­sid­ered a pas­sion­ate en­deav­our, not just a make-do project. “I still have the idea to have a longer ver­sion, 20 min­utes, but I don’t want to be do­ing movies for the sake of do­ing movies. There’s got to be a story. No story, no movies. Oth­er­wise it’s just ad­ver­tis­ing and that’s not what I’m af­ter,” Os­tiguy says. For this in­ti­mate group that keeps ad­ven­ture at the heart of each ride. It looks like they’ll have lots of sto­ries to tell.

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