VB St Christophe d’Arthabaska, Québec, Canada. Great hospital to work in. Tons of backcountry roads to choose from right out of my backyard. 2 hours away from Montréal, 1h15 from Québec City… the center of the province, and close to my American friends!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
VB I just wanted to ride off road to see landscapes I would never get to see otherwise and, perhaps, meet people who need medical attention to whom I could lend a bit of a hand.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
VB I have a BMW R 1200 GS which I ride in the country and a special edition Vespa 946 Armani which I ride in Montréal. I am sick about the new BMW R9T… will be asking Santa to bring one in the spring, after he is done with his high season.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
VB GS Girls Québec. I also took an all female BMW off road riding class at RawHyde in California followed by Base Camp Alpha.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
VB Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru. It’s the deepest canyon in the world. Incredibly beautiful ride to get there and amazing ride to get down and back up.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
VB It is an amazing psychotherapy! The beauty of nature combine with the required focus and skill to ride off road, the peace and quiet when one decides to stop and the sense of accomplishment after a day.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
VB Pretty much…I was a downhill ski patroller for 10 years and still an avid hiker. I love nature, quietness and new discoveries.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
VB More women learning to ride ADV and women-only ADV riding classes, tours, rides.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
VB Plain passion… I love way to many things and would need at least 6 parallel lives to do all I would like to do.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
VB I would ride the Colorado BDR with my friends Lee and Beth… for the riding friendship and the beauty of discovering Colorado.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell folks about?
VB Unfortunately I don’t, but if you live around here and need a hand, give me a shout!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
VB Not being able to take the bike out because of snow.
SA Favorite food?
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
VB I just learned this year, May 2016, at age 37.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
VB I actually took a nap in the desert in the shadow of my R 1200 GS.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
VB Continue to improve my off-road riding, do the Colorado BRD, learn how to do twists and Alps really well.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
VB Motivate other women to ride adventure-off-road, take my bike to Europe and do 2 week-long trips several times a year to slowly go through as many countries as possible.