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

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

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