JaBig’s Big Journey

After taking up cycling on a whim and eventually becoming an avid cyclist, JaBig decided to explore the different landscapes across Canada, coast to coast to coast, on two wheels.

In 2016, the famed international DJ from Montréal set out to ride across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean coast and to add an extra challenge to his already never-before-done adventure, the inexperienced Montréal DJ set to break the Guinness World Record for “The Longest journey by bicycle in a single country” on a fixed gear bicycle (fixie).

His epic 15-month, 17 000 km journey is chronicled in the short film Escape directed by Anjali Nayar (Silas, Gun Runners) and presented by MEC, Canada’s largest outdoor gear retailer.

Escape directed by Anjali Nayar featuring Jean-AImé Bigirimana a.k.a DJ JaBig and presented by MEC

Released in early 2018, Escape went on to become a festival favourite becoming a hit in over 40 festivals around the world such as Trento Film Festival in Trento, Italy – the oldest international film festival dedicated to the mountains, adventure and exploration, Mountainfilm – one of America’s longest-running film festivals or Banff, Canada’s leading outdoor film festival.

“An adventure to escape expectations and in the process exceeding them.” –Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, ‘Creative Consultant’.

After its festival success that won it multiple awards mainly as audiences favourite, the 8-minute short film documentary is currently on tour worldwide and to date has been screened in all over Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Macedonia, Spain, South Korea, Brazil (where it won the Audience Choice Award for Best International Short Film) and more.

A select list of awards won by Escape, a film by Anjali Nayar.

Additional Cycling Milestones

2019: Bicycle ride around the world to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief (on hiatus in early 2020 due to the global health crisis). Coverage: UrbaniaCycleFitOPEN (Part OnePart Two), Ride On CyclingDream BuildsSRAM.

2020: Second ride across Canada to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief on a road bike with gears. Coverage: CHEKCanadian Cycling Magazine (Part OnePart Two), CTV (Part OnePart Two), GCN.

2021: As of Spring, JaBig is based in Vancouver where he is sitting out the pandemic as he awaits for the planet to reopen for him to resume his international DJ touring and eventually his bicycle journey around the world.

His time in British Columbia is spent honing his climbing skills and every week he aims to ride a Triple Crown, the region’s most notorious bicycle challenge amongst the many adventure in Canada’s West Coast.

2021 Calendar

June 15th: TRIPLE Triple Crown in aid of World Bicycle Relief
June 26th: BC Epic 1000.

2021 Brand Supporters: OPEN, SRAM, Zipp, Rapha, René HERSE, Brooks England, Wahoo, Time Sport, Quad Lock, Lake Cycling & Tailfin.

Contact: jabig@jabig.com
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