Celebrate the year of the bike in Switzerland

2018 is the year of the bike. The Swiss national tourism board has chosen to focus its summer campaign on cycling. It’s a smart choice: more and more people around the world choose to spend their holidays on two wheels and the country is an underrated cycling paradise. Over the last two years, I have worked with Switzerland Tourism to create content for their campaign. It started with listing the best cycling loops in the …

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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 struck by acute obsessive-compulsive disorder. That must explain my quest for the perfect tour of …

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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, doubt, but of course sublime beauty, joy and great friends to share it all with. …

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 could go wrong? Well…Dan smashed his face and broke some ribs. I walked…a lot. Up …

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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 lost my job and suddenly had the time to think – and do – big …

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 me, riding along on the road, going up one side of a pass and down the …