The Académie Ridaventure was created in 2019 by Claude Gagné, certified BMW Germany instructor. The aim of the Academy is to give you the necessary techniques to allow you to ride well on the trail, particularly with adventure or dual-use motorcycles.

Claude Gagné - Chief Instructor

  • 35 years of motorcycle experience.
  • International Instructor Academy - BMW Motorrad Munich 2013 off-road and 2016 road
  • Participant in the GS Challenge 2008-2009.
  • Member of the Canadian GS Challenge team 2012 to 2018.
  • Marshal BMW at the GS Trophy 2014.
  • MOA Ambassador since 2014.
  • BMW instructor for 8 years.
  • Instructor for the GS Girls.
  • 5 years of experience in motorcycle escort.
  • FQMHR trail agent for 3 years.
  • Almost half a million km of driving a BMW GSA.

Claude is surrounded by 2 other certified BMW Germany instructors, Patrice Glaude and Marc Villeneuve. There are also 4 assistant instructors. Two for Quebec, Richard Lemieux and Sylvain Tourangeau and two for Ontario, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Patrick Labelle. We have 2 training sites, one in Ormstown, Quebec and the other in Bourget, Ontario.

Below is a short description of the skills of the various instructors and assistants.

Claude Gagné

Patrice Glaude - Instructor

  • 45 years of motorcycle experience.
  • International Instructor Academy - BMW Motorrad Munich 2013 off-road.
  • GS Challenge 2007, 2013 winner and 2009 team winner.
  • Participant in the GS Trophy 2014.
  • BMW instructor for 8 years.
  • Trial instructor trained by Mick Andrew.
  • Crossed the Americas from Montreal to Ushuaia solo.
  • Crossed Africa and more than 50 countries.

Patrice Glaude

Marc Villeneuve - Instructor

  • Over 40 years of motorcycle experience.
  • International Instructor Academy - BMW Motorrad Munich 2016 off-road.
  • Participant in the GS Challenge in Montreal, Toronto and Alberta.
  • BMW instructor for 5 years.
  • Marshal at the GS Challenge 2017 in Quebec.
  • Active in FMSQ enduro cross.
  • More than 20 years of experience in motocross (125cc and 250cc).
  • Over 20 Iron Butt rides completed.
  • More than 10,000km of snowmobile trails per season.

Marc Villeneuve

Richard Lemieux - Instructor

  • 35 years of motorcycle experience.
  • Academie Ridaventure certified instructor
  • Moto-pro training of the FMQ.
  • Off-road "Sécurité Active" training level 1 and 2.
  • Trial training given by Mick Andrews, including 2 years as assistant instructor.
  • Participation in 6 GS Challenge. Winning team in 2009 with Patrice Glaude and Sylvain Tourangeau and 2013 with Patrice Glaude. Participated in 3 individual finals.
  • Participated in the Classic Trials of Quebec Championship since 2012.
  • Traveled over fifteen countries on a motorcycle in Europe and North America.

Richard Lemieux

Sylvain Tourangeau -Instructor

  • Over 45 years of motorcycle experience.
  • Academie Ridaventure certified instructor
  • Three years of motocross competition, finished 3rd in the Quebec junior championship.
  • Enduro experience.
  • 1 season of road circuit on a sport motorcycle.
  • Co-founder of Moto Trail Aventure.
  • Admin on the Ridaventure.ca forum.
  • Off-road "Sécurité Active" training level 1 and 2.
  • Participation in 3 GS Challenge. 2009 winning team with Patrice Glaude and Richard Lemieux.
  • Traveled by motorbike in Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Moab and all over North America.
  • Modern and vintage trials competitor.
Sylvain Tourangeau

Jean-Philippe Tremblay - Instructor

  • Academie Ridaventure certified instructor
  • President of the Association Motocycliste de l'Outaouais since 2016.
  • Director at CAPM since 2017.
  • Co-founder of the AMoto program.
  • AMoto instructor since 2018.
  • MotoPro level 1 and 2 training.
  • TopGun advanced level training.
  • "Sécurité Active" off-road level 1 and 2 training.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay

Patrick Labelle - Instructor helper

  • 35 years of experience in motocross (125cc and 250cc).
  • 5 years of experience in dual-purpose motorcycles.
  • Did some Iron Butt in the USA.
  • "Sécurité Active" off-road training.
  • Quad and Snowmobile driving experience.
  • Owner of a motocross and enduro circuit for 7 years.
about me