A big scary goal

July 30, 2023 Oops, I did it again: I signed up for a bikepacking race. It all started with a bang in 2015, with the Transcontinental Race. After that, I followed it up with the Torino-Nice Rally (2018), Dead Ends and Cake and the SUCH (2021), then Dead Ends e Dolci this spring. This time, I’ve chosen to take part …

How to prepare for an ultracycling event?

How to prepare for an ultracycling event

July 22, 2023 The first edition of the Tour des Stations Ultimate, a new ultracycling event in the Swiss Alps, will take place from August 1 to 5, 2023. Two distances are proposed: 555 and 1000 kilometers. I will participate in the latter… wish me luck. To meet this challenge successfully, you have to be well prepared. And that doesn’t …

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The wow moment

Register here for the webinar we will be hosting on February 15 at 5.30pm CET on the 2024 InGamba trip to Gstaad. July 9, 2023 One moment sums up the two weeks I just spent guiding and shooting for InGamba in the Gstaad region. We were coming down from the Col des Mosses on a small farm road. Suddenly, behind …

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The most beautiful road bike tours in the Alpes Vaudoises

Top 5 road bike loops in Alpes Vaudoises

June 19, 2023 For the past twenty years, I’ve lived in the Alpes Vaudoises. This mountain region in western Switzerland is easily accessible from all over Europe and my home roads have a lot to inspire cyclists: moderate traffic, awesome landscapes and circuits of varying difficulty between the vineyards of the Chablais and the passes nestled at the foot of …

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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Winter riding in the Alps: tips and tricks

January 5, 2023 This post is part of our Winter Riding in the Alps guide. Check it out here. From time to time, I fancy getting into indoor riding. You know, buy one of those high tech smart trainers and sweat in the basement. Leave my smartphone to look at another screen. Hang out in the metaverse. That would be …

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Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

→  211km↑  4330m♦  mediumSTART/FINISH:  Les DiableretsCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Les Voëttes (1401m), La Forclaz (1260m), Villars (1253m), Les Plans-sur-Bex (11178m), Col du Pillon (1546m), Col des Mosses (1445m), Col de la Croix (1778m)A 4-day tour on quiet roads in the Alps near Lake GenevaEasily accessible by car and train, the Alpes vaudoises, with their characteristic chalets, green pastures and snow-covered peaks, are a …

Colle Fauniera

→  99km↑  2070m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  CUNEOCountry:  ITALYRoute:  Loop CLIMB:  COLLE FAUNIERA (2481M)A climb from another eraWhat was Carmine Castellano, then director of the Giro d’Italia, thinking when he took the peloton up – and down – the Colle Fauniera twice in 1999 and 2003? This is the question I’ve been asking myself ever since I climbed this little-known giant in Piedmont with …

Col de la Croix winter edition

→  22km↑  630m♦  MEDIUMStart/Finish:  GRYONCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  OUT AND BACK  CLIMB:  col de la croix (1778M)                    Wondering how it’s like to ride a gravel bike on snow?Our answer: it can be fun, but you need to pick your day. This ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it …

Passo delle Erbe

→  96km↑  2400m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  SAN MARTINO IN BADIACountry:  ITALYRoute:  Loop CLIMB:  PASSO DELLE ERBE (1987M)A hidden gem in the DolomitesThe Dolomites are one of the most popular destinations for road cyclists. And for good reasons: its landscapes studded with towering peaks are breathtaking, and some of the most prestigious pages in the history of the Giro d’Italia have been written on …