Léman Gravel Challenge preview: I had a plan

May 17, 2024 Over the 40 years of my competitive career, I’ve ridden around Lake Geneva countless times. Especially when I was racing at club level, as this mostly flat 170km loop was a good way to log hours in the saddle when the weather was bad. Since then, I’ve done the “tour du lac” from time to time, but …

Celebrating 40 years of bike racing

April 21, 2024 The season has got off to a good start, even if the snow has made a massive and belated return home. Oh well, I’m back on my skis for a few days. Bonus powder skiing in my backyard: I’m not complaining. That said, our recent family holiday in Sardinia was an excellent excuse for two 3-day bikepacking …

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I tried gravel biking on snow. Skiing is better

February 19, 2024 This post is part of our Winter Riding in the Alps guide. Check it out here. The Col de la Croix is our local climb. In summer, it’s packed with cyclists riding in our beautiful region of the Alpes Vaudoises. In winter… not so much. The road is closed and the snow is groomed for locals and …

Gravel biking in the Alpes Vaudoises: our top picks

Gravel biking in the Alpes Vaudoises

September 1, 2023 Gravel biking is booming. So much so, in fact, that it’s not just a hype anymore: gravel has developed solid roots and will continue to grow. Why? There are many reasons, and we all have our own. For me, it’s : the chance to ride away from the ever-growing motorized traffic. I say this without animosity, because …

Gravel bikepacking in Valais

Gravel bikepacking in the Swiss region of Valais

August 27, 2023 Over the last few years, I’ve been exploring Valais (Wallis in German) on my gravel bike. This region of Switzerland is already known for its great road passes and mountain bike trails. As it turns out, it also lends itself very well to gravel biking: the Valais is criss-crossed by a dense network of 4×4 roads at …

How to dress for winter riding

February 21, 2023 In a previous post, I shared my advice to keep riding in winter where we live in the Swiss Alps. In summary: you should ride on south facing roads to avoid ice, stay at low altitude in case of bad weather and moderate your efforts to avoid freezing in your sweat when riding down. Of course, “going …

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Graubünden gravel & road tour

Gravel and road biking in Graubünden, Switzerland

→  190km↑  5670m♦  difficultStart:  SplügenFinish:  IlanzCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Lai da Vons (1991m), Maigelshütte (2314m), Alp Nova (2079m)A 3 day tour on quiet roads and gravel tracks in eastern SwitzerlandLocated in eastern Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful road cycling passes in the Alps such as the Albula or the Umbrail. It is also a …

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Strada dell’Assietta and Colle delle Finestre

→  139km↑  4390m♦  difficultStart/Finish:  Rifugio delle RaneCountry:  ItalyCLIMBS:  Colle delle Finestre (2178m)Route:  Loop (clockwise)A 2 day gravel biking tour on the high military roads of PiemonteThe Strada dell’Assietta is a gravel road in Piemonte, Italy that will blow your mind. Going up and down between 2’000 and 2’500m for more than 30km, this old military road connects the ski resort …

Chablais gravel loop

→  66km↑  600m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  BEXCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMBS:  NO MAJOR CLIMB                    Gravel fun in the Rhone valleyThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it out here.   Over last winter, I spent many hours scouting gravel roads in the Rhone valley.   It was… fun. I …

The Strade Bianche

→  122km↑  1950m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  PienzaCountry:  ItalyCLIMBS:  Monte Sante Marie (304m)                      Murlo (293m)                      Pieve a Salti (309m)Route:  LoopA loop in the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia on the strade bianche, the typical white gravel roads of Tuscany featured in L’EroicaFor …