In 2003, Charlie Bryer watched the UCI Road World Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. As a grade 10 hockey and soccer player, he didn’t know much about cycling.  However, watching Michael Barry attack the lead group on the final lap of the men’s road race wearing the classic team Canada kit, he knew it was a sport he wanted to try.  Charlie starting racing and quickly became fast.  He raced in Canada, Europe and the US for several years.

Fast forward almost two decades, and Charlie’s company, FRETORI is proudly the sales agency for Shimano Canada and in that role they work with Mariposa Bicycles.  When the GRX Limited groupset came out, this project was an indicator of life coming around full circle. This is a gravel bicycle, built by Michael Barry in Charlie’s hometown of Toronto, assembled with Shimano GRX LE, custom painted and fitted to be a bicycle for life.  What do you think of the build?

FRETORI  will be hosting two season kick off parties in March that are open to the public:


What’s happening at the events?

First and foremost, they are parties! A social gathering of like-minded people. An opportunity for the cycling community gather:  bike shops, cyclists and industry people alike.

It’s FREE to attend.

FRETORI has invited more than ten bicycle retailers to the event. Each one of them will bring a special bike to display, built with Shimano & PRO components.  This MARIPOSA x FRETORI gravel bike and all of the other custom bike builds will be on display for guests to see up close in person.

FRETORI will have will have ONE amazing prize at the event… courtesy of Shimano Canada LTD: FRETORI  is giving away a complete Ultegra 8100 Groupset to one of the guests at the end of the night!

There is limited capacity – please RSVP Here: