Cyclist sets out on journey across New Brunswick

Fifteen years ago, Gilles Francoeur was in a car accident and was told it was unlikely he would ever cycle again. Now, he's cycling across New Brunswick.

Gilles Francoeur making trip 15 years after being told he'd likely never cycle again

Gilles Francoeur was in a car accident 15 years ago and was told it was unlikely he would ever cycle again.

"I didn't want to believe that," said Francoeur.

"But for the first five years I had no choice to believe them."

Gilles Francoeur started his cycling trip across New Brunswick on Monday by travelling from Fredericton to Woodstock. (CBC)
But Francoeur, 54, fought back to cycle again.

Now the Fredericton resident is cycling across New Brunswick in a 10-day journey to raise money for the New Brunswick Lung Association.

His journey began on Monday with a soggy trip from Fredericton to Woodstock.

"The first thing was to look at this weather," said Francoeur.

"And when they announced they were going to say 90 per cent rain, heavy rain at times, I had no choice but to be ready for it."

Francoeur is travelling light, with only his bike and a backpack.

Wes Corey, the owner of The River Restaurant in Woodstock, is a supporter of Francoeur's and is helping him raise money.

"We took a look at our menu and Gilles decided he likes the River Burger — one of our most popular burgers," said Corey.

"So between now and throughout the summer, a percentage of the sales from the River Burger will go directly to his efforts."

Francoeur says other businesses have sponsored his gear, meals and accommodation, leaving him free to concentrate on his cycling journey.

Francoeur is scheduled to cycle from Woodstock to Grand Falls on Tuesday.

The journey is scheduled to conclude on May 28 when he travels from St. Stephen to Fredericton.