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Anaïs Every citizen in Lille should visit their city one day with Anaïs. She has the fresh and amused eye of a Flemish woman who has just crossed the border by bike. If she seems unflappable whatever happens during her visit, don't forget that above all, she likes to have a good laugh! Audrey Audrey is your rock! One day we saw her stop a rowing team to let beginners pass on their Stand-Up Paddle. With a smile but the authority of an empress. No wonder she calls herself Josephine. At Joinville, don't be surprised that she sometimes holds her paddle like a bass guitar. Claire In her Bali green gray eyes, you'll feel like you're on vacation, that's for sure. That she was a diving instructor is not a reason for you to take the opportunity to swim in the Deûle, even clear. This yogi will make you live the adventure of Paddle in Lille, in total zenitude.
Clément He’s like a mountain guide but on the River Marne. Super cool, a professional of SUP who knows all the nooks and crannies around Polangis. He goes barefoot, even in January. But no, ladies, he’s married. Emmanuelle She was swimming in the Deûle on the day when temperature outside was 41.9 C° in Lille. This artist thrives as much in the water as on a bike ... whose inner tubes she recycles to make superb necklaces. François Boum The girls call him Captain. It would appear that it’s him, Brice de Lille, the surfer on the River Deule, a longboarder. Professor of sport, he’s strong and has real skill in coaching your progress on the water.
François Régis Previously Director of Urban Planning of the City of Lille, he can also share his passion for urban wall art. He has only one fault (remember him), he lives in Lambersart. It will make him laugh. A walk with him, if you do not hear his characteristic laughter, is a failed ride, believe us! Fred He’s the leader par excellence! Concerned for your well being, able to get you interested in hand massage or a technique using a compass to improve your sleep - you’ll never get bored with Fred. You can call him Mr Scooter. Hélène A dazzling encounter. This nurse heals plants and hearts more than wounds. Her experiment of a month without a car made her love cycling, and exuberant to the point of hosting our Fun Bikes. Dazzling, exuberant, and benevolent. Except when it rains!
Jean-Baptiste He can do everything, from riding the Penny Farthing in Joinville to the micro bike in Lille, paddling in Amsterdam, Venice or Assouan. There’s always another invention in his bag. Or a new book to write. Joël Joyful Joël de Joinville loves snow, sliding, and watches the Marne flow every morning with envy. But this dreamer is formidable, don't be surprised that he calls your parents if you haven't listened to his Stand Up Paddle briefing: he is also a sports teacher. Kung Fu Farid Farid is able to do everything, drawing, playing music, providing security, making Tai chi chuan, he likes to learn everything but the best he likes is to teach others, with patience and smile. If by any chance you fall off your gyro ride with Farid, there will be no booze: Farid is a life rescuer.
Lulu Lulu never stops! Her blog will tell you all about her tourist adventures within a radius of less than 200 km around Lille and all this car free!  She’s undoubtedly the greedy bird in the team! Malcolm With his Scottish beret, Malcolm is the most British of us but it is in french history that he is our champion! On a scooter he will lead you to the Paris' heart, tell you about Quasimodo and Esmeralda, and the secrets of Paris' origins. And you can even ask Malcolm to write your family tree (genealogy arborescence) Nico van Maastricht Passionate about Lille, his adopted city, this landscape architect is known for growing hops and vines in front of his workshop in our neighborhood, but also to transport everything by bike, children or beer crates. A real ant, but very funny.
Pierre Pipolin A music teacher, Pierre gives rhythm in his visits! This is our bike pro in Paris and the specialist of funny bike animations. Drum rolls guaranteed for the Penny Farthing lessons with Pierre. Robin Hood His father was a guide in London. His mother lived flamenco in Seville. Robin is a true expert in the history of Lille. Groups love him because he is calm, at least he is. No stress, and forward (but gently, eh)  Rob Snobbish, Rob? Only in appearance. This Dutch gentleman landed in Paris after having run textile store chains and discovered that soft mobility could be exported. He's the only Dutchman who rides on two wheels ... of a scooter. He will teach you the technique to change foot, the Flying Dutchman (sic).
SUPer Robert Sad his name is not Damien. That would have been a nice Facebook name, Damien d’Amiens. There he launched the paddle section of Le Grand Huit and organized the World Clean Up Day.  We regret he is not very talkative, as you will see... Vincent The southern member of the team, the Beau Gosse, surfer from the beach of Six Fours near Toulon. A sportsman, fan of triathlon, who smiles at everyone, especially if they are on a bike. That's why he animates fun bikes for the whole of the South of France. With the accent and with success, con! Xavier Comedian, gymnast, stunt man, stage manager, Xavier is also the biggest paparazzi on the water. Teaching specialist and the perfect person to accompany the least sporty amongst you, he will make you feel you have become a Paddle hero in Panama (slang for Paris)!

 

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Bikes for everyone! There was a lack in Lille: the possibility to rent bikes, for one or multi-day trips. Nice decorated dutch bikes, handy folding bikes, overly chic tandems, baby seats of course, and even one bike designed for mother-in-law's osteoarthritis Our bikes are waiting for you at the Citadel.

The fabulous history of the two-wheeler  is the new show that we can stage in your city or for your event. Educational, informative, and funny. Already scheduled for Arras on May 7, Villeneuve d'Ascq on May 29, …. Book your date 2022 now.

The new 2022 boards have arrived at the club, Joinville and Lille. Itiwit 14x27 is a beautiful inflatable board, for racing but wide enough to introduce many of you to sporty SUP without the risk of swimming. And even why not, do a headstand ?