The Team at Switchback and ALPSinsight
We are ALPSinsight: a collective of mountain people based in the Swiss Alps, devoted to exploring the world, sharing our experiences and inspiring others to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We are all athletes, photographers and writers at the same time. Telling the stories of our lives spent riding, trail running, climbing and ski touring.
Born in Switzerland, Alain has been riding his bike in the Alps since he was 12. In a previous life, he raced at an elite level and worked 20 years for the UCI, the world’s cycling governing body.
In 2014 he decided to leave the corporate world to become a professional bike bum. An ambitious career change that sees him work as a guide, photographer, writer and consultant for Switzerland Tourism, Alpes Vaudoises, Scott, Roadbike Magazin, Strava, Vaud Promotion, Cyclist Magazine, Vélo Magazine, Velocio and more.
With his wife Lillie and their son Ben, Alain lives in Gryon, in the French speaking part of the Swiss Alps.
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The wife of Alain, he was a lucky man to find a partner who loves cycling as much as him, if not more. After a burnout in 2019 that left her partially disabled with a neuromuscular condition, cycling and supporting the cycling community have been the best therapy to help her live sustainably on her road to recovery.
Originally from Southern California, she loves to share her American enthusiasm with other cyclists on her favorite roads in her adopted home. She often dresses up as Heidi during big cycling events to cheer on other participants and inspire joy and laughter on the bike.
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Dan & Janine Patitucci / PatitucciPhoto
Since 1997, PatitucciPhoto has been producing professional mountain sport content for global commercial & editorial clients: National Geographic, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Switzerland Tourism, The North Face, REI, Mammut, Gore-Tex, Dynafit, Assos, Outdoor Research, Outside, Runner’s World and many more. For clips, click here.
In 2015, they launched ALPSinsight to share their enthusiasm about their home mountains, the Swiss Alps. In 2017, along with partner Kim Strom, the team produced the Run the Alps Switzerland guidebook and in 2018 established the Via Valais, the Swiss Alps trail running grand tour.
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Kim is a passionate trail runner, writer, photographer, and learning to ride a bike. Along with the Patituccis, she produced the Run the Alps Switzerland guidebook, and co-founded both ALPSinsight : The Alps Mountain Sport & Trail Running Resource and the Via Valais. In 2022, working with PatitucciPhoto, she authored Sierra Trail Runs : A Guide to the Eastside. Her work has appeared in Runner’s World, Trail Runner, Outdoor Research, Swiss Tourism, Trail Running UK, Outdoor Magazine, and SkiAlper.
ALPSinsight is an inspiring resource for people seeking the highest quality mountain sport experiences in the Alps. Our content is a boutique of curated trips and ideas from industry professionals and specialists. The goal is to share our knowledge about trail running, cycling, ski touring, climbing and hiking so you can have an experience of a lifetime.
For those seeking a guided trip, we can connect you to our network of guide services and tour operators.
As a Collective, we are a team of professional mountain sport content providers for the outdoor industry, editorial & commercial clients, brand partners, and destinations seeking the highest quality services for producing their own custom content.
All photos on Switchback ©ALPSinsight