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Our family gravel adventure — riding from Switzerland to Florence

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Our family gravel adventure — riding from Switzerland to Florence

Mountain Biking Collection by Carolin

4

Tours

20:46 h

336 mi

9,800 ft

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

After this adventure, that became clear to us. When we first told our dad about our plan to cycle from Switzerland to Florence to visit one of our partners, he sounded quite interested. But that didn’t last long. When the word camping came up, he was out. Oh no, he certainly didn’t feel like camping. The last time our old man spent time out in nature was about 25 years ago when we drove around Lake Constance as a family with our tents and sleeping bags.

A few days before our planned departure however, our dad called up and told us that he wanted to come along on the adventure after all. We were super happy because we hadn’t spent that much time together for years. The four stages were set to be challenging but we didn’t have to worry about our 66-year-old dad fitnesswise because he's always in top shape. Would he like minimalist camping and the journey into the unknown as much as we would? Well, we were going to find out.

Take a look at the Tours to find out how we fared.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Stage 1: Cierfs to Marco — family gravel adventure

    06:52
    124 mi
    18.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    7,700 ft

    We start our family gravel adventure with our dad on the Oven Pass, which is over 2,000 meters high. There is still heavy amounts of snow and it is bitterly cold when we tackle the descent towards South Tyrol.

    

    The start in the cold is a bit rough, but the further we drive into South Tyrol, the warmer

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  • 05:23
    91.3 mi
    17.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,850 ft

    After the first night in our outdoor bivouac, we start the day after a good porridge and go straight back to the Adige Cycle Path. Time and again there are restaurants with well-equipped workshops along the way, where numerous cyclists cavort on the terraces. A cappuccino stop like this is always good

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  • 05:36
    79.1 mi
    14.1 mph
    3,925 ft
    2,425 ft

    Hardly peeled out of the sleeping bag and already put the coffee on the Bialetti, that's how we start the day every morning. The breakfast routine is perfect and so Caro is busy every morning loading the Bialetti three times, boiling water for the strengthening porridge and thus providing us with the

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  • 02:56
    40.9 mi
    13.9 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,750 ft

    65 kilometers and not even 1,000 vertical meters - that should be a piece of cake for our last day. The weather doesn't play along as we imagine, because it's cold, foggy and quite wet from the rain at night. Nevertheless we are lucky and never really get wet, the rain showers always pass us by.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    336 mi
  • Duration
    20:46 h
  • Elevation
    9,800 ft

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