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 1 other certified BMW Germany instructors, Marc Villeneuve. There are also 1 Acedemie Ridaventure certified instructor, Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

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

Claude Gagné

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

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

Eric Ménard - Instructor

  • Journalist, motorcycle instructor and producer of the Show de Moto on RDS.
  • Eric has traveled the roads of Peru, Turkey, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica, Europe and the Orient.
  • Eric participated in the 2018 BMW GS Trophy Mongolia as a journalist for the Canadian team.
  • Eric is a great communicator of his passion for and tips on Sport Adventure motorcycling.
Eric Ménard

Stephane Levasseur - Assistant Instructor

  • Academie Ridaventure certified assistant instructor
  • More than 15 years’ experience.
  • Taken numerous advanced on and off-road riding courses.
  • Passionate about Sport Adventure motorcycling and instruction.
  • Certified ski instructor.
Stephane Levasseur