About Me

I’m Nick Avis, a lawyer a little too passionate about cycling.

My story starts small, in rural Ontario, Canada. Life was simple, and sunny summer days were spent riding my bicycle down country roads.

I moved from my hometown to London, Canada, for university. City life was an adjustment, but I found my place and earned joint degrees from the Ivey Business School and the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario.

Upon graduation, I joined a leading Canadian law firm in Toronto. From the top of a 60-storey skyscrapper, I practiced law and specialized in corporate insolvency and financial restructuring – business bankruptcy, in other words. In 2021, I transitioned my practice to a large international law firm in London, England.

My life as a lawyer was thrilling: I worked on some of the largest, most complex cases in North America and Europe. I was frequently in court, sometimes making the arguments myself. But life as a lawyer was also demanding. It was hard to strike a good work-life balance, and hard to develop my personal life.

Nick Avis taking a rest from biking in Cres, Croatia (2023)

In mid-2023, I decided to pause my career to focus on a big, personal goal: cycling Canada, from coast to coast to coast. I swapped my dress shoes for cycling cleats, my comfy London flat for a tent, and a fully stocked kitchen for gas-station peanuts and chips.

Why did I do this? I set out my reasons here.

My adventure will be unpredictable and full of surprises. Nothing is certain about it. When and how it ends – I have no idea. It’s a big shift from how I worked as a lawyer. But that’s what makes it fun!

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