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

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