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  • Keywords
    • Joy of Cycling,
    • Cycling Canada,
    • Cycling Europe,
    • Cyclist Lifestyle,
    • Cycling Memoir,
    • Personal Memoir,
    • Tour de France

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Mr. François' Cycling Escapades
From Trike to Trike
by François Mai

Starting with a tricycle at the age of four, François Mai has been passionate about cycling his whole life. Now in his eighties, François has come full circle and once again has a tricycle – a modern electric one. In the years between those two trikes, there have been many bicycles, ridden in six different countries on four continents. The pedals of those now dearly departed bicycles have propelled François along countless thousands of kilometres of both commuter and recreational bicycling, and provided the cycle of incidents and stories that fill the pages of this delightful book. Combining the centuries-old history and development of the bicycle with his own abiding, tireless affection for it, François spins a lively tale of intercontinental solo odysseys and group tours, of crashes and thefts, of scams and glorious scenery, and provides an ongoing endorsement of cycling for the aged. This engaging tour-de-force will delight readers, whether they ride an armchair or a gel-filled saddle.

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Of first-generation French parentage, François was born and raised in South Africa. After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Cape Town, he specialised in Psychiatry in the United Kingdom and the United States. He moved to Canada in 1972 and became a citizen in 1977. He has published three books in the last fifteen years: Diagnosing Genius, The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007) a novel Father, Unknown (Austin Macauley, 2017) and a memoir With Hope in my Heart: Musing of a Spirited Psychiatrist (Friesens Press, 2023). When he’s not crafting his next book, François enjoys playing the piano, cycling and swimming. François and his wife of sixty-two years and counting, Sarah Roelofse, divide their time between Victoria, British Columbia and Ottawa, Ontario. They have four adult sons and eleven grandchildren. You can follow his activities and keep up to date on his recent works by visiting


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