2016: Rediscovering Switzerland

2016 yearly review: rediscovering Switzerland (Grosse Scheidegg)

January 1, 2017 What a year. I wrote it twelve months ago: 2015 was the beginning of a new journey. It continued in 2016 with many ups, and a few downs. Where shall I begin? Certainly with Grand Tours Project. Starting a cycling tour company from scratch was a huge challenge. Did we succeed? Virtually nothing went according to plan, … Read More

The Transcontinental Race: no marginal gains but maximum excitement

The Transcontinental Race: no marginal gains but maximum excitement

August 4, 2016 The 2016 Transcontinental Race is underway. 5 and a half days after the start in Geraardsbergen (Belgium), Kristof Allegaert has ridden 2640km and leads the race as he approaches checkpoint 4 in Montenegro. Yes, you read it correctly. That’s about 480km per day. Unsupported. Oh, and he has to pick his route between every check point. To learn more … Read More

Thanks 2015, you’ve been good to me

Thanks 2015, you've been good to me

January 2, 2016 “Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.” … Read More

The Transcontinental Race: crossing a continent on a bike in 16 days

Alain Rumpf on Strada dell'Assietta, a gravel road featured in the 2015 Transcontinental Race

August 20, 2015 This is an adapted version of the piece I wrote for CyclingTips. For a presentation of the TCR, click here. My bike and my equipment are featured here. I failed. My goal was to complete the Transcontinental Race in less than 15 days in order to make it to the finishers’ party. But I reached Café Hisar … Read More

Riding a bike while pregnant is awesome!

Featured image Riding a bike while pregnant is awesome

July 12, 2015 I am a lucky bastard: I met my wife Lillie on a velodrome and she will always say yes to my cycling adventures. Most of the time she will be on the bike riding with me and will either be the model or the author of our pictures. Bike time often means ‘us’ time in our household. … Read More

Cycling in the Alps: le Tour du Mont Blanc

Ultralight bike touring in the Alps: le Tour du Mont Blanc

June 25, 2015 The Transcontinental Race is approaching and my bike is almost ready. The latest additions have been lights powered by a front dynamo hub, and a very cool set of Apidura bags (more on that in a future post). This was a great excuse to test ride a really cool loop: the Tour du Mont Blanc, in 2 days. On … Read More

The Red Dude

Ultralight bike touring in France: the red dude

March 19, 2015 It was almost dark when I got to my hotel last night, but I woke up to an amazing view of the Massif du Vercors this morning. Situated between Provence and the Alps, these mountains were a hotbed for the French résistance during the Second World War. The Vercors is also a paradise for outdoor sport such … Read More

In quest of the perfect moment

Ultralight bike touring in France: in quest of the perfect moment

March 18, 2015 I was planning to catch a train back home from Aix, but the weather was finally good, I felt great after riding 583km in 3 days, and I had time. So I decided to ride back to Switzerland… just because I could. The plan for the day was simple: head north towards the Col de la Croix Haute … Read More

Back to where it all began: the best climbs above Montreux and Vevey

Cycling in the Alps: the best climbs above Montreux and Vevey

May 10, 2015 A few weeks ago, my dad broke his hip. So we stayed at his home in La Tour-de-Peilz for a few days to help him get around. These were not the best circumstances, but at least it was an opportunity to catch up on long overdue father-son time, something we both deeply enjoyed. As we grow older, we realise that … Read More

A day in the man cave

Ultralight bike touring in France: a day in the man cave

March 17, 2015 It was raining when I woke up in Carpentras on day 3 of my French ultralight bike touring adventure. I did not mind too much as it was supposed to get better during the day. The plan was to ride to Bédouin at the bottom of Mont Ventoux, the first check point of the 2015 Transcontinental Race. Afterwards, I … Read More

Wind, the invisible hill

Ultralight bike touring in France: wind, the invisible hill

March 16, 2015 The weather forecast last night was for heavy clouds and possibly rain, but we woke up to good news: the sky was clear. However, there was a south wind, and this was the worst day for it. Most of today’s route was going down the very flat Rhone valley until the turn off to Mont Ventoux, the first … Read More

Ultralight bike touring: learning the art of not sprinting

March 15, 2015 On a Saturday afternoon in March, I went to The Bike to meet up with my friend Chris who works there as a mechanic. After the shop closed, we headed to the Lausanne station with our bikes to catch a TGV to Dole in the French Jura. Our plan was to recce part of the planned route of … Read More