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What is your Grand Tour Project?

Are you passionate about cycling?

Do you want to escape your busy everyday life to live a unique and meaningful experience on your bike with like-minded friends? Do you want to get inspired and challenge yourself on famous Alpine passes where the glorious history of cycling was made? Or ride off the beaten path and explore roads only known by the locals in the most beautiful regions of Europe?

In 2013, I rode every stage, and every kilometre of the three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España), on the same day as the professional riders, just a few hours ahead of the peloton. In 100 years of Grand Tours history, this was the first time an amateur cyclist had achieved this, and even now only 34 pros have completed all 3 Grand Tours in one season. That was my Grand Tours Project (see the website here). It was not just a personal challenge, but also a journey to share the spectacle of the Grand Tours and promote the cause of environmental sustainability through various initiatives along the route. In 63 days, I rode through hundreds of villages, discovered some incredible scenery, made friends for life and pushed myself beyond my limits more than once.

Then came the idea to share this experience with fellow passionate cyclists ... you. How? By riding every kilometre of every stage of the Giro, Tour de France or Vuelta for a week, just hours before the pros. By participating in the most prestigious granfondo in the world. By exploring the Swiss Alps, the place we call home - an unheralded cycling paradise. And by tackling the Géant de Provence with style. We believe this must all be done with outstanding support: from the friendliest and most competent guides to vehicle backup and mechanical assistance throughout the trip.

Join us for the ride of a lifetime. We’ll celebrate the culture of cycling. We’ll push ourselves. We’ll stop for pictures, coffee and (too much) gelati. We’ll make new friends. We’ll smile while climbing, and laugh when descending. We’ll taste the local cuisine - and wines. We’ll reinvent ourselves on two wheels.

What is your Grand Tours Project?

Keith Tuffley


OUR PARTNERS

PRESS

Sometimes we get our 15 minutes of fame while riding our bikes in the most beautiful places...

  • Bicycling

    2020 Best Bicycling Awards - Winner of Best Epic

    Peter Flax

    Dec / 3 / 2019

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  • The Telegraph

    Ever wondered what it's like to ride a grand tour like the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia or Vuelta a Espana?

    John Macleary

    July / 26 / 2018

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  • The Telegraph

    Inside the Giro d'Italia with Grand Tours Project (the prologue)

    John Macleary

    May / 14 / 2018

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  • RIDE Cycling Review

    Training for nothing in Sardinia

    Grand Tours Project

    Feb / 14 / 2017

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  • RIDE Cycling Review

    Why ride? Keith Tuffley, Grand Tour cyclist

    Rob Arnold

    Sep / 27 / 2016

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  • RIDE Cycling Review

    Switzerland: discover yourself

    Grand Tours Project

    Jul / 29 / 2016

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  • Soigneur

    Cycling Switzerland

    Olivia Kaferly

    Jul / 12 / 2016

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  • Valais/Wallis Promotion

    On the Valais Cycling Tour roads

    Grand Tours Project

    Jul / 1 / 2016

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  • Road Cycling UK

    Is Switzerland the best kept secret in Europe?

    Grand Tours Project

    Jun / 2 / 2016

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  • The Inner Ring

    A Ride Through Switzerland

    The Inner Ring

    Jun / 17 / 2016

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  • CyclingTips

    Roadtripping Switzerland

    Grand Tours Project

    Dec / 1 / 2015

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  • CyclingTips

    The Transcontinental Race: Crossing Europe by bike in 16 days

    Grand Tours Project

    Aug / 17 / 2015

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  • Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus

    "Speed up. Slow down": a promotional movie for road cycling in the Swiss resort of Gstaad with Alain

    Jul / 1 / 2015

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  • Cycling Weekly

    Amateur cyclist tackles all three Grand Tours

    Jul / 15 / 2013

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OUR TEAM

  • Founder

    Keith Tuffley

    A sustainable future for our world is exciting, fascinating, fun, full of opportunities, and achievable. Cycling can play a big role in creating this bright future. It's energy efficient, it gets you close to nature, it creates friendships, it clears your mind. This is why I created Grand Tours Project: I want our guests to live meaningful experiences on the road while having the best holiday of their lives. Cycling is not just a sport: it’s a lifestyle and a philosophy.



  • Chief Adventure Officer & Head of Operations

    Uri Martins

    When I was 10 years old, I won my first bike in a design contest. I totally fell in love with cycling and followed the "cycling dream" until I became a professional. It has been the greatest adventure of my life and the way to know the world. I have spent 16 years as a competitive cyclist, the last 6 years as a professional in the Amore e Vita professional cycling team. I was 2 times Mexican National Champion and competed in 3 UCI Road World Championships. I love sharing the passion for cycling, the unique atmosphere, and the excitement of this amazing sport. I believe in cycling as a means to make this planet a better world, have a positive impact on society and play an important role in the environment. Cycling for me is the best way to know your self, grow, experience, discover, share, travel and enjoy life.

  • Content Consultant

    Yvette Yeates

    My first bike as a tiny 5-year-old was a big single speed with back pedal brakes. No training wheels, just a 'huge' hill, my Dad, me and the bike! By the end of the afternoon, I was wobbling around the paddock. Like all good New Zealanders, we rode our bikes to school - basic bikes, no gearing and a need to speed downhill to get enough momentum to get up the other side - my knees still bear the scars of many tumbles. Speed forward and you can find me at Clarence Street Cyclery in Sydney, selling helmets and cycle kits and where I met this crazy guy who had just completed an endurance race across New Zealand - Keith Tuffley. Now we live in Switzerland with 4 teenagers. When I am not kid chauffeuring or being GTP support, I am organising family summer adventures on bikes around Europe.

  • Chief Mechanic

    Vaughan Caseley

    As a teenager I started cycling on the BMX track, later progressing into the then new sport of mountain biking. Work and career intervened until my mid 20's when my doctor advised me to lose weight and I rediscovered my passion for cycling. Fast forward 25 years having pedaled on thousands of kilometers of trails and roads, coached skills to all levels of cyclists, managed the Australian Mountain Bike Marathon team and scaled numerous mountain passes I find himself living in the wonderful Swiss Alps. I now spend my days guiding, coaching, repairing bikes and sharing my passion for cycling over a coffee or 3!

  • Middle East Representative

    Ebrahim Abdulla

    I started my cycling journey in 2012 in a small shop trying to find a bike that fits my needs, and I opened my eyes finding my self between road bikes and mountain bikes. Triathlon was my choice as I participated in several triathlons and had 6 Iron Man medals, yet my heart belongs being a cyclist. Riding a bike is like flying from a place to another, like exploring the hidden parts of the world. It’s a challenge between you and yourself to see whether you can reach the real finish line or not and if you can put the last missing piece of the picture. It’s very easy to let the air run into your hair and skin, it’s very easy to compete and experience the challenge, which makes it easy to live your life. I am 35 years old, but am never old for cycling.

  • Bike Guide

    Andreas Pescoll

    Andreas has always had a deep passion for the mountains. Born in 1987, he learned this from his father at an early age; as a child he started hiking during summer and skiing in winter. This led to several years skiing competitively. The following year he began to learn to paraglide, but this was quickly trumped by bicycling – his real passion. It all began with a road bike. Amazed by the beautiful scenery of the Dolomites, he began riding. In 2010 he qualified as a bike guide, and started work at a cycling company in Alta Badia. In Andreas’ free time, he trains for various amateur cycling races and of course for the legendary “Maratona dles Dolomites” where he consistently places well. Andreas currently lives in La Villa in Alta Badia. He is a native Ladino, and speaks Ladin, German, Italian, and English.

  • Bike Guide

    Peter Murdoch

    Cycling... what a passion it has become. What started off as a exploration into triathlon to lose weight, ended up being a discovery of a deep passion. I have always enjoyed the freedom of riding a bike and exploring, but it came to me in my early twenties, the desire to ride a road bike and go and appreciateour surroundings whilst undergoing challenges. I currently reside in Le Châble just below Verbier in the Swiss Alps with my fiancée and our dog. I came here to follow another passion of skiing, and in the winter I am a full time ski instructor as well as coaching new and current instructors. When I'm not teaching in the winter, I head out into the mountains ski touring with my dog. Outside of cycling or skiing, you'll find me in the kitchen experimenting with cooking or baking".

  • Bike Guide

    Kerry Hellmuth

    Kerry started guiding mountain tours because she lived for a number of years in Bormio, a town nestled in the shadow of the epic Stelvio and Gavia passes. A former professional cyclist who still loves climbing big mountains, Kerry is just as happy to ride at the tail-end of our group enjoying Italy’s most famous passes at a more leisurely pace. Married to an Italian, Kerry now lives in Trento where she teaches at a high school, studies toward a PhD, raises her two sons Gino and Giorgio, and savours la dolce vita with a steady diet of local wine, cheese, and of course, gelato. You can often find her out on two wheels enjoying her local territory--the Dolomite mountains, so unique, dramatic, and astoundingly beautiful that they have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Bike Guide & Pro Masseur

    Josep Miralles

    Since I was 12 years old, from Mallorca throughout Spain and Europe, cycling has been my way of travelling and enjoying every corner and every moment, as a cyclist, professional cyclist and now as a cycle support guide. Between 2015 & 2017, I raced professionally and after retirement from racing, I continued to follow cycling, supporting many teams as a professional masseur, mainly for the pro-Movistar team. The bicycle has been present always as a way of life.

  • Bike Guide

    Jacqui Coward

    My passion for cycling started in the late 90’s as a teenager, growing up in the Canadian Rockies. In my early 20’s I mountain biked across the Alps in a week and it changed me forever, introducing me to endurance cycling. I have since traveled around the world with my bikes and I find nothing more joyful than exploring a new culture by bike. With experience in outdoor education and a background in organisational leadership, I find great value in using outdoor sport as a means to deepen the awareness of an individual or a connection of a group. I currently live in Vevey, Switzerland, where I enjoy bike racing and the endless network of road cycling routes in high mountain passes from my doorstep.

  • Road Assistance & Technical Support

    Joel Cuenya

    I grew up in Bariloche, I lived in different neighbourhoods, I grew up with snow, winter, mountains, lakes, that is one of the reasons why I am now living in Switzerland, something very similar to my beloved Bariloche, a place in Europe similar with beautiful mountains. My father is a bicycle lover since I was little I saw him a lot on the bicycle, During the summer seasons, I am passionate about supporting our guests to achieve their goals, be it on street tours like the Grand Tours or where you explore and vacation. I think that cycling allows you to better appreciate and observe the landscapes and everything around you making new friends.

  • Bike Guide

    Christian Paul

    Born in 1967 in Germany. Started cycling as all boys; riding to school and pool. Moved to Switzerland at age of 19, when I started to discover mountain biking. Exploring more and more terrain ( and still exploring now after over 30 years of pedalling). Entering mountain bike racing at age of 24 and still racing marathons such as Grand Raid Verbier – Grimentz. Till 10 years discovered road biking, I love long-distance rides and Grand Fondos, such as the Fausto Coppi in Cuneo, Mallorca 312, Tour de Mont Blanc, Tour des Stations in Valais or just for fun riding long days and endless alpine passes. The best experience though was 2019 Eroica. Can’t wait to go back there, meet more crazy cyclists and nibbling some tasty Chianti. I am a Swiss cycling guide, and it will be my pleasure to share my passion for biking in beautiful Swiss Alpes!

  • Bike Guide

    Marcos Lembo

    Having tried every sport in the world, from climbing to diving to parachuting to surfing and some other “ing”; when I had 17 years old, going downhill in a road bike at too many kilometers to count, after an endless climb, I stumble (not literally) at my favorite sport. It, and its variations, had it all: suffering, rejoicing, history, adrenaline, and some more suffering. Years after, and still trying some new sports from time to time, cycling is present in my daily life as much as breathing (again: not literally). And through it, I found friends, cultures, jobs and traveled the world (yes, literally). Some people have abs at their core, I beg to differ: I have cycling at my core, and like any proper cyclists, no abs to be seeing.

  • Bike Guide

    Marcello Usala

    Born in Sardinia, Marcello is a Mediterranean man through-and-through, and proud father of Emma and Tommaso. His other passions apart from cycling are cooking and music. He has designed itineraries and guided cycling tours throughout Italy for the last 15 years and he wishes to keep doing it for the next 50!