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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


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PRESS

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

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    Training for nothing in Sardinia

    Alain Rumpf

    Feb / 14 / 2017

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    Sep / 27 / 2016

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    Alain Rumpf

    Jul / 29 / 2016

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    Olivia Kaferly

    Jul / 12 / 2016

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    Alain Rumpf

    Jul / 1 / 2016

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    Alain Rumpf

    Jun / 2 / 2016

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    A Ride Through Switzerland

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    Jun / 17 / 2016

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    Roadtripping Switzerland

    Alain Rumpf

    Dec / 1 / 2015

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    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

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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.


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  • Chief Cycling Officer

    Alain Rumpf

    When I was 12, my mom gave me a newspaper article about weekly rides organised by the local cycling club, the Vélo-Club Vevey. I joined, and it was love at first sight. Cycling has been part of my life ever since. After racing for a decade at regional and national level, I spent 20 years with the UCI, cycling’s world governing body. Oh, and I met my wife Lillie at a velodrome. We live in the Swiss Alps and we love to explore new roads with friends. Every bike ride is an adventure!


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  • Marketing

    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 !


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  • Tour Guide

    Uri Martins

    When I was 9 years old, I won my first bike in a drawing competition. I quickly realised that cycling was something I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life. 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, riding with the biggest names of cycling. 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 Bergen, 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.

  • Tour guide

    Luca Gadotti

    I started cycling in my early teens to resolve some health problems…no medicine has ever been so good! Thirty years on, I am still riding and I love everything about cycling. I raced in Italy for over 20 years and I have competed in many Granfondos. In 2016, after few years away from the competitive circuit, I decided to return to the scene and face the renewed challenge. It has been great to reconnect with many friends and to be racing again, but this time with my wife and my son at the arrival to cheer on me! Barcollo ma non mollo!

  • 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!

  • Tour Guide

    Emily Collins

    Emily joined her School cycling team as a keen 15 year old runner and aspiring triathlete. After lining up for her first School girls event and getting a taste of bike racing, she was hooked!

    In 2010, Emily began racing abroad between Europe and the USA and in 2013 turned professional. "Cycling has taken me to a long list of amazing countries and places, and I've met some of my best mates along the way. My most memorable racing experiences were competing for my country, New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning my first big professional UCI race on Belgian cobbles in 2013, racing the women's 10 day Giro Rosa in Italy and competing in the women's La Course, along the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris".

  • Tour 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!

  • Tour 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.

  • Tour 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.