UCI Gravel Switzerland: a taste of alpine gravel

June 19, 2024 I love gravel biking, for many reasons. First and foremost because my gravel bike takes me beyond tarmac, to places I didn’t know – even in my home region. But there’s more to that. In the mountains where I live, gravel biking comes with a distinctive flavor called “alpine gravel”  which spices up the experience. What is …

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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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 …

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 …

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 …