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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

    Alain Rumpf

    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

    Alain Rumpf

    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

    Alain Rumpf

    Jul / 1 / 2016

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  • Road Cycling UK

    Is Switzerland the best kept secret in Europe?

    Alain Rumpf

    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

    Alain Rumpf

    Dec / 1 / 2015

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  • CyclingTips

    The Transcontinental Race: Crossing Europe by bike in 16 days

    Alain Rumpf

    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 Executive Officer

    Sarah Maclachlan

    I bought my first road bike back in 2013 initially to pursue my desire to compete in Triathlons… I quickly became hooked. Not only do I love the challenge aspect of the bike but the great routes it has taken me. Riding is the best way to discover new places and appreciate the surroundings… you really do see the world from a better perspective when you are in saddle !



  • Chief Adventure Officer & Lead Guide

    Uri Martins

    When I was 9 years old, I won my first bike in a competition.I followed this dream into a professional cycling career when I was 21. It has been the greatest adventure in my life: I have been lucky enough to compete in three UCI World Championships and numerous other races around the world. I have spent 16 years as a competitive cyclist, the last 6 years as a professional in the Amore e Vita pro cycling team. I was Mexican National Champion in 2006 (junior) and in 2011, and I competed in the UCI ITT World Championships in Norway in 2017. I love sharing the unique atmosphere and excitement of these incredible events with others. Cycling for me is way to know yourself, grow, experiment, discover, share, travel and enjoy life.

  • 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

    Andrii Pescoll

    Andrii 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

    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

    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!

  • 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.