It’s hard to beat the Swiss Alps!
“After crossing the French Alps non-stop last summer, Mavic ambassador Mike Cotty prepares to take on his longest and toughest journey to date, a 1000km traverse of the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps featuring 21 mountains and 23,000 metres of elevation. Watch how Mike and his team get ready as they embark on an adventure of new and unknown limits. The Road to Mont Blanc – coming August 2014.”
The Mountain Plays Burzum
Words and Photos by Cani Sciolti Valtellina
“Hey, whenever I look at your Tumblr or Flickr I envy you so much…”
This is the same old sentence that comes out from the mouth of my Tuscany friend Fano every time we meet. That’s because we can easily open the door and ride on the Alps, where we live, and where the history (and the present) of cycling has been written in sweat, tears, pain, joy and suffering. To ride the Alps are probably one of any cyclists’ biggest dream. Or at least it was Fano’s…
I shoot so many photos, cover so many events and rides that oftentimes, I lose track of my journeys. When Mission Workshop / Acre offered to take me to Eurobike and then a mountain bike expedition in the Alps, how could I say no? It was such an amazing time and personally, the photos I took on that trip are some of my favorite.
Acre’s in the process of telling stories on their new Journal. One of which being my trip to the Alps, entitled Decompression. Head over to the Acre Journal to read more and check out some nicely laid out images.
Today might feel a bit foreign for all of us English speakers (i.e. previous video) and more familiar for the global readership. No matter what tongue people are speaking, we can all understand the universal language of cycling. Here’s part 1 and 2 of the “Riders United” project, episode 01, which focused on the Alps.
Yes! Four dudes for four days rode four hundred kilometers and climbed four thousand meters in elevation – FOR FUN. See more on this rad journey at 8Bar Bikes.
Enter day 05 of nothing but Alpine mountain biking with Mission Workshop. My body is still sore, almost a week later and all I can think about is how much fun we all had. The morning was cold, damp and silent, save for the cow bells that somehow echoed through the valley all night, barely being muted by the drunken Swiss wine-tasting party that erupted outside my open hotel window.
Lyle and I awoke at 7am and ate breakfast with Stefan (owner of Stilrad Zurich) and Alberto. 7:30am we rolled out into the misty mountains. From the onset, today was supposed to be quite easy, with a few technical sections and one nasty, nasty climb. At this point, the extra rain clothes and merino base layers I brought became a burden. Every ounce of extra weight in my backpack seemed to pull me back down each climb. Not to mention the 5Dmkii and 24-70mm lens… But hey, that’s my job right?
We made it out just fine, save for a few spills, a few flats and loose legs. All I could think of was drinking a sparkling water and a Radler… 30 miles and 4,000′ of climbing at altitude, on a MTB is no joke.
Check out more narrated photos in the Gallery!
Side note: I want to thank everyone who made this trip possible. Stefan, Alberto, Mission Workshop, Santa Cruz Bicycles and anyone else who helped us out along the way. THANK YOU!