Dragon Door: What is your overall background with fitness and exercise?

Alexis Bouzidi: I didn't have that much of a fitness background.

Before that I was the smart kid in class, who didn’t do very well at sports. Here in France, we have a somewhat Cartesian mindset.

Basically, we’re taught that if you are smart, you cannot be strong at the same time—you have to choose.

So, I grew up despising physical activity a little bit. But after a while, I discovered I had physical capabilities when I met a sports coach and cyclist who was leading a charity.

At the time, I was looking for something—I wanted to travel, and I was very unhappy with where I was in my life.

So, when I had the opportunity to join a team and travel all the way through West Africa by bicycle, I got involved with...read complete interview