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: 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

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