Col de la Croix: the giant of the Alpes vaudoises

June 17, 2024 On the weekend of June 15 and 16, the Tour de Suisse came to Villars-sur-Ollon for two stages. For the men, this was be the event’s finale. For their female colleagues, it was start of the fourth edition of the Tour de Suisse Women. The routes were the same for both pelotons: on Sunday, there was an …

10 reasons why you should ride the Furka-Nufenen-Gotthard loop

June 7, 2024 A few months ago, Luke, the man behind the Switchback Saturdays Instagram account, asked me to showcase the most beautiful loop in the Swiss Alps. “Easy,” I replied. “It has to be the Furka-Nufenen-Gotthard. You won’t find anything more beautiful in the Alps.” As for the Saturday, I chose June 8. Right at the start of the …

2024 UCI Granfondo Suisse: 3 new courses

June 6, 2024 The third edition of the UCI Granfondo Suisse will take place on Sunday 7 July in Villars-sur-Ollon. The big change this year is the route: instead of a single loop of medium difficulty, which left the strongest riders wanting more and represented too big a challenge for beginners, participants will be able to choose between 3 distances… …

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How to know if a pass is open

May 25, 2024 Every spring, it’s the same question: is this pass open? Whether it’s the Furka, Galibier or Stelvio, cyclists can’t wait to find out when it will be possible to climb the Alpine passes again. And why is that? To rediscover the incomparable feeling of riding in the high mountains. To enjoy it before the summer crowds arrive. …

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The gadget I never wanted but can no longer live without

March 6, 2024 Last year I received a Garmin Varia RTL 515 rear radar/ bike light as a gift. And until actually using it, I would have never considered buying one. After 20 years of riding without one, not only did I assume I never needed such a device, but I was frankly annoyed even by the idea. Why? To …

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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 …

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Nostalgic season start on the Ligurian coast

January 18, 2024 As I write these words, the fire is crackling in the stove and snow is piling up around our chalet. We’re in the depths of winter, and it’s time to reflect on the highlights of the past season. How did it start? For my buddy Luca and me, it was a trip to Laigueglia that got us …

Training for nothing on the Côte d’Azur

December 27, 2023 “Hey, we like what you do. We’ll book you in the Airbnb of your choice and all you’ll have to do is to ride your bike and share your experience. Deal?” This was the message I received as autumn was settling in at home. “Heck yeah” I replied. “Just let me think about it for a moment …

A fun challenge to discover my backyard

August 16, 2023 For the fifth year running, I support my home region with a fun event that is close to my heart: the Challenge Strava des Alpes Vaudoises. What is it? From July 1 to September 30, everyone can record their time on 8 Strava segments. It’s a mix of great classics like the two sides of the Col …

My gear for the Tour des Stations Ultimate 1000: a tale of compromise

August 1, 2023 As I write these lines, I’m in Le Châble, three hours from the start of the Tour des Stations Ultimate 1000. The last few days have been very busy, between preparing the bike, planning my stops at the reboost stations and frantically studying the weather forecasts. This is the last chance to talk about my equipment! All …