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2021 Transalp – Westendorf –> Riva

A fantastic 9.5 day trip down the western side of the Dolomites. Day 0: Westendorf –> Gasthof Steinberg Westendorf is a cute village. After a quick ice cream we pedalled gradually up the valley on a quiet tarmac road. A perfect warm up. The gasthof has a lovely location, great food and comfy beds. 12.5km, 180hm Day 1: Gasthaus Steinberg –> Krimmler Tauernhaus A gradual and rideable climb with a Read more…

How to Sell a Car in Switzerland

Financially there are clear advantages to selling a car privately. Whether it is worth the effort of doing so is a decision each individual must make. To sell my VW California took around 7 weeks and I had 4 different people come to look at it before finally a buyer was found. From my experience the most serious interest came from autoscout24 and ricardo. The latter is even free which Read more…

How to Import a car from Germany to Switzerland

Documents Required documents are: Rechnung or Kaufvertrag Fahrzeugausweis – In addition for cars with German plates the Zulassungsschein EG Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung – CoC – This is later needed for Zulassung in Switzerland. ID – Passport or Identity Card Ursprungsnachweis (eg EUR 1) – With this it is possible to avoid paying the extra customs duty. Electronic and printed e-dec form. Ausführkennzeichen and Insurance Ausführbegleitdokument (ABD) – Should be obtained from a Read more…

My VW California is great so why am I selling it?

My purchase of the Cali was very spontaneous. A good friend in Prague was selling his and having heard many great stories of van trips, I decided to simply take the plunge. I had never seen the vehicle but trusted absolutely that all would be fine and as described. The whole process was a good adventure. I flew to Prague and spent a few nights with my friend enjoying Czech Read more…

VW California

Cycle Touring Kit Review

The following kit reviews are from the equipment which I took with me on the Silk Road trip in 2015 / 2016. The full bike specification can be found here and the kit list here.    Frame: Kona Rove Titanium (10/10) The titanium Kona/Litespeed frame was tough enough for the trip, had very little ‘bling’ factor, did not rust or dent and looks today just as it did when new. It may have Read more…

Baar / Zug

Baar, a city of around 25,000 people, is in the Kanton of Zug. It is perfectly located on the edge of the Alps with views in one direction of mountains and in the other of relatively flat countryside.  

Baar

2020 Transalp – Ortler

This was an improved version of the standard commercially available route from 2012. It had more trail and less road. We had luck also that the Gavia was closed to traffic and the final day had snow and blue sky from the top of the Stelvio.

New Zealand Cycling

After finishing my studies in 1999, I spent 11 months travelling and having cycled down South East Asia, headed over to New Zealand. 20 years is a long time to clearly remember an experience, but the mental summary I have carried with me over the years was of a quiet, mild island with lots of cycle tourists, few cars and green busses with backpacker travelling from one party hostel to Read more…

Lake Tekapo New Zealand
Transalp Bag

Bike Transalp Packing List

The following packlist has been refined over many years of bike tour experience in the Alps. It is valid for any tour from 2 to infinity and is based on accomodation in huts / hotels / guesthouses i.e where no camping gear is required. In addition to this comes water and some snacks – the amount of these will depend on the availability of refuelling points / shops en route. Read more…

2018 Transalp – Martigny –> Ventimiglia

A 10 day self supported mountain bike trip from Martigny down the Italian / French border to the Med. Day 1: Martigny –> Entreves Day 2: Entreves –> Les Arcs 1600 Day 3: Les Arcs –> Modane Day 4: Modane –> Briancon Day 5: Briancon –> Abries Day 6: Abries –> Sampeyre Day 7: Sampeyre –> Vernetti Day 8. Vernetti –> Vernante Day 9: Vernante –> Rif Alllavena Day 10: Read more…