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Top Quebec Cyclist Now Climber and MC

François Parisien is a retired professional cyclist and World Tour race winner who now spends his time climbing.

In 2005, Parisien won the Canadian Road Race Championship, which led to nearly a decade of top 10 finishes.

In September 2012, Parisien finished 10th on the World Tour race Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, therefore being awarded the Best Canadian Placing award.

Parisien retired at the end of the 2013 season, after eight years as a professional. He then became an analyst for bicycle races for Réseau des sports, a Quebecer Sports Television provider.

Over the past few years, Parisien has focused his energy on ice and rock climbing and MCing bouldering comps. In November, he hosted the fourth Quebec Cup at Beta Bloc after MCing the Psicobloc Open Series in the summer.

Parisien is one of many Canadian pro endurance athletes who’s retired from their sport and now focuses on climbing.