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The Perfect Swiss Cycling Tour

In many ways, Switzerland is the land of perfection. Streets are clean. Trains are on time. Government services work. For cyclists, the Swiss perfection is embodied by the incredibly smooth asphalt of the roads, unparalleled in other countries. Or the unreal beauty of the mountains, where glaciers, lakes, cows and villages seem to have been perfectly positioned by the invisible hand of a landscaper …

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The Swiss CrissCross

January 2017 After a lifetime of mountain sport trips for both work and play, a few certainly stand out. A great experience results from more than what you did and saw, it comes from who you shared it with. The Swiss CrissCross was the perfect mix of all the right ingredients; a double crossing of Switzerland by bike, horrendous conditions, broken body parts, …

Gravel Biking the Strada dell’Assietta

Hardcore roadies—that’s what best describes Dan and I. When it comes to cycling, we are all about tarmac. We could eat switchbacks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and still want more for dessert. Once we had this crazy idea of going on a mountain bike trip together. Seven days on the best trails of Switzerland, from Graubünden to Wallis. What …

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Ultralight Bike Touring in the Alps

  Bike Touring in the Alps Until 24 months ago, the idea of bike touring, or bikepacking as it’s called now, was foreign to me. I was a roadie, a bike racer. A tiny saddle bag is all I had, and I would carry food, a wind breaker and my phone in my jersey pockets. No more. Ever. Then I …

Gravel Biking

Dan discovers gravel biking… I was, and always will be, a purebred roadie. I’m also a pure uphill kind of guy. For many years my life was about bikes. In fact I first moved to Europe to race on the road and to experience the Italian cycling culture. I dreamt of racing up passes with cowbells ringing and spectators screaming. For …

There’s no such thing as indoor training for cyclists in the Alps

I was born and raised on the shores of Lake of Geneva, which is one of the few flat areas in Switzerland. But I was never far from the mountains, and I loved climbing as soon as I started riding and racing at the age of 12. 15 years ago, I had the opportunity to move to the ski resort …

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Assos of Switzerland Cycling Photography

For the last two years, we have been working with the Swiss cycling apparel brand Assos on a project to document the finest road biking in Switzerland. The project started during our 2012 Swiss CrissCross, an idea that came about as a result of selfishly wanting to spend more time riding bikes. Together with our great friend Alain Rumpf, we dreamt …

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Cycling Switzerland’s Klausenpass

“You did what?” I could hardly believe it myself, and so I felt a little awkward repeating what most certainly did sound absurd. “The Klausenpass, I did the Klausenpass this morning.” Gathered around the lunch table, barely after noon, Janine’s family looked at me with even more curiosity. The fact that I had ridden my bike to the Klausenpass from …

Assos Bonka Jacket

And the Gear Review Winter Rap Up final is… Assos iJ.bonKa.6 Jacket I have no idea what the name means, but the jacket made my would be miserably frigid winter days actually quite pleasant. With about 2000 winter kilometers on the bike in this jacket, I have come to know it well. Features include the usual Assos unparalleled quality, performance fit, and …

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Assos Cycling Photography

Sponsor Yourself I never thought much about the Assos tagline – but when I heard the philosophy from their marketing team it all made sense, and it actually led to where we are today… shooting photos for one of the major cycling brands. In 2006, I bought my first pair of Assos shorts, spendy for sure, but I quickly understood …

An Ode to Switchbacks

I love a good curve! Be it on a trail or road, there are few things so beautiful as a well laid out turn. But not just any turn, it must meet criteria. It needs to be more than 90 degrees, ideally even more than 110. And it needs defining, with clean borders. What it turns around is equally important, …

2012 Tour of Beijing Day 4

Tour of Beijing’s day 4 was a flatter stage without all the mountain fun. So, I thought to focus more on the roadside fans and culture. Lots of flags were out today!  

2012 Tour of Beijing Day 3

Day 3 at the Tour of Beijing had us in the mountains for several climbs and one crazy descent on switchbacks so steep the authorities insisted on padding the turns. I focused more on the race today as the course was so beautiful. Tomorrow’s flatter stage will be a better day to shoot life along the route.    

2012 Tour of Beijing Day 2

When I saw Tony Martin steaming towards me I decided to up my shutter speed to 1/1500 second. Good thing, he meant business in the closing kilometers. Today’s course was stunning, a gorgeous climb through a quiet forest on silky smooth pavement. I would have much rather been on my bike than on a moto. Fall colors are going off …

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Tour of Beijing 2012 City Circuit

My day 1. A jetlagged influenced night’s sleep of 3 hours followed by a 6am start to walk the streets on the hunt for cycling cultural images. Slapped and swatted, I found myself not welcome where I tried to shoot. Later told I was trying to shoot unlicensed vendors – well done Dan! 2. Opening day of the Tour of …

2012 Tour of Beijing Pre-Race

I am lucky enough to find myself one of the official race photographers at this year’s Tour of Beijing. To match my style of photography, my job is not necessarily to shoot the race, but to shoot the race in China and to show off what the Chinese cycling culture is like, both for work and pleasure, and to then …

PatitucciPhoto June News

Lots of big news this month! PatitucciPhoto is Moving After five wonderful years in the Dolomites, we are both sad and thrilled to announce that we have bought a new home in Interlaken, Switzerland. Sad to leave the Dolomites and all our great friends behind, but also excited to be going to our other favorite place. Interlaken is in the …

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Cycling Photography

Last year Janine made a statement that made me very, very happy, “Let’s make 2012 the year of the bike”. Here we are, summer 2012, and it has truly become just that. Typically our summer is full of hiking, climbing and trail running trips. While we have all that on the schedule, the big projects involve pedaling. The Swiss CrissCross, which …

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Cycling Across Switzerland and The Swiss CrissCross

Perhaps the single greatest advantage of being a professional mountain sport photographer is the ability to visualize a project, develop the idea, and then photograph the experience. Our next big project is a perfect example of this – the Swiss CrissCross. It came to us one snowy winter day while discussing 2012 plans, “What if we…?” Road Biking in Switzerland …

2012 Dolomites Giro d’Italia

In 2007 I came to the Dolomites to ride my bike. I wanted to live a dream; to train and race in Italy. For four months I pedaled around, came to know most all the roads and passes, and made a lot of great friends. On the last day’s ride, I distinctly remember the moment I realized I had to …