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 …

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 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 the foot of …

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 …

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 …