Our experienced team is there to make your cycling tour as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

John Goldsmith DuckStore Productions co-founder

John Goldsmith

For DuckStore’s founder, it’s all about the bike, the ride, the coffee stop, and sharing his anecdotes as an American in frogland (France), near Annecy. He formerly sold bike parts and is passionate about le vélo, travel, and new friends — perfect for meticulously crafting festive, high-quality boutique cycling experiences.
Catherine Freychet

Catherine Freychet

This Frenchy is the logistics and back office guru behind every successful DuckStore trip. Digital copywriter, former journalist, “Knar” takes planning just as seriously as making cycling guests happy — particularly if it means riding her motorbike or driving long hours to help the group — always with a smile.
Marie-Anne Marquis

Marie-Anne Marquis

This former ultra-triathlon/raid athlete has participated in several Raid Gauloise events, and now she works on the other side of the barrier as a massage therapist. Athletes in her care appreciate her very zen personality, and as an added bonus, she can make a superb picnic for our guests.
Jean-Francis Pessey ski instructor cyclist

Jean-Francis Pessey

Passionate about the outdoors, this native Savoyard lives for both winter fun as a ski instructor and summer thrills as a road cyclist. Zooming up and down passes like a chamois, he often finishes on Gran Fondo podiums. Although he can lead the way in races, he also loves helping others succeed.

Our fantastic partners!

We consider cycling a team sport. Without these conscientious partners, we would be riding into a headwind all alone. Our partners bring out the fun part of riding.
Un grand merci à eux.


A partner since 2014. Their Addict road bike is perfect for our Alpine roads.


No cable, no wires, no hassles. Our good friends at SRAM provide us with their innovative Red eTap transmission.

Alps Bike Rental

Our ‘go to’ bike rental partner provides recent, clean, tuned bikes kitted out for the mountains. Compact cranks, 11/32 cassettes and quality Mavic wheels.

Big Shark Bicycle

A great spot to find all sorts of goodies and information for the enthusiastic cyclist. A top bike shop with passionate bike people ready to help.

Vincent Martineau

Vincent steps away from being the tech director for a leading digital marketing firm to guide with us and share his great experience at l’Etape du Tour.

Patrick Brandwagt

A top notch mechanic who wrenches for us when not running his business — an international bicycle component supplier.

Wendy Hollands

Professional writer and grammar geek Wendy keeps our website prose in shape. When she’s not writing, she’s out enjoying the mountains.

Bertrand Candas

An optimistic technologist in digital creation, member of Full Story.


Nicknamed “Fast Eddy”, started bicycle racing on New England roads way back in…Beeeep!

Greg Anderson

An Annecy native who took his graphic design skills to Montreal with Ubik Design Studio.