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12 Mar

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From El Calafate to San Sebastian by bike

12 March 2019 | By | No Comments

Bertrand travels with his STD 100 from Mexico to Ushuaïa.
For this part of the trip, Bertrand is joined by Lupe, a brave cyclist as she has never cycled for more than 50km. It will be quite a challenge.

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The first days by bike are what Bertrand calls : “a precious gift. Very little wind and a hot sun. It’s 30 degrees, they hadn’t seen that for more than 100 years“.

To cross the border between Chile and Argentina, Bertrand and his travel partner are forced to eat all their fruits and vegetables. Indeed, it’s not possible to cross this border with fresh products, cheese or meat.

Lupe is getting used to cycling every day. She has lots of energy and character. We’re very lucky to find places to sleep that are very welcoming with a river or a lake to relax at the end of the day.”

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After 5 days cycling and sleeping outdoors, the travellers stop at Puerto Natales.
They sleep at a friend’s house and cook some pastries for the days to come.

Then they cross the strait of Magellan by boat, in the direction of the island : ‘Tierra del Fuego’.
To avoid the wind, they decide to use the bigger roads instead of crossing the island. The view is beautiful on the cliffs around them.

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After cycling for 2 days, they arrive at San Sebastian.

22 Jan

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Bike trip in Argentina

22 January 2019 | By | No Comments

Here are the latest news from Bertrand, our bike traveller from South America.

Bertrand spent a few months at Bariloche, in Argentina.
Bariloche offers many different places to climb. Bertrand feels like he has found a local Annecy, a place where you can easily enjoy mountain activities and have a little beer at the end of the day :-) .
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During this break in the adventure, Bertrand had the opportunity to share his experience with 2 TV interviews, one for a local channel : Winter Channel and one for Fox Sport Channel Latino America that covers all of Latin America.

A local public school organized a meeting with their pupils to talk about travelling. Bertrand chose to talk about the protection of the environment, the importance of speaking different languages and the realization of one’s personal projects. He would be happy to meet French students when he gets back to France.

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After this break, Bertrand finds himself alone on the road again, in the direction of El Chalten, further South, for about 1400km and a lot of steep hills.

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These 4 days in Argentina are beautiful. I cycle through the National park called Los Alerces. Luckily, there’s no rain on the way, which makes me appreciate even more the beauty of this place. People told me about the beauty of Paso Futaleufú, I wasn’t disappointed. The long valley goes through the mountains and gets smaller to become a river, the río Futaleufu.”

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Next time, we’ll find Bertrand in Chile.
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21 Dec

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Switzerland trip

21 December 2018 | By | 2 Comments

Let’s catch up with Nicolas on the roads of Switzerland while he’s cycling with his MTB and KIT L80 Aevon trailer.

After crossing the Alps, Nicolas reached the GRE4 (Swiss track) for a trip in full nature, away from civilization.
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I was afraid of following these tracks without having enough information about the type of tracks, the possibility of bypassing them and parts that might be unsuitable for a MTB + trailer.

It was a great surprise to discover single tracks and forests paths. Up the hills, Nicolas can see the valley and the lakes (Léman and Neuchâtel.)
It’s the end of the summer and the few hikers that Nicolas meets on the road always give him a nice word of support.

The main obstacles on the tracks there are the fences and small walls that define the pastures. “In a single day, I become an expert at taking apart and putting together again these walls!
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Clearly, Switzerland likes to keep its tracks neat. The markings are very clear with foot paths and MTB tracks. MTBs are also allowed on footpaths.
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Nicolas has the opportunity to cycle with a group of Swiss mountain bikers. They help him carry his MTB and his trailer over the walls without taking them apart.

One of the highlights of this trip was the drive up Mont Chasseral “Once I reach 1600m, I leave hundreds of hikers behind to cycle to the long crest going East.

The hilly area goes on to the lake of Constanz where the Swiss part of the trip comes to an end.

Nicolas is very positive about his trip in Switzerland :
- “Switzerland has a wonderful range of tracks perfectly marked out. The GRE4 can be cycled on for 80% with a MTB + trailer. There are multiple alternatives if necessary. Especially for climbs of more thanb 300m D+.”
- He also noticed that many people use bikes, as roads have been adapted to bicycles.

04 Dec

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Trip in Europe with a MTB

4 December 2018 | By | No Comments

Nicolas decided to live life in a new way, leaving for a bike trip for a year.

The idea was to immerse himself in nature, away from civilization. Having fun and working out, with no impact on the environment.

Nicolas left on his own, hoping to find travelling companions on his way, maybe people reading this blog or his aventure on the website Expemag.

Why Europe ?

Travelling in Europe means that I can leave and come back home, to leave again in another direction.” Europe offers a diversity of natural habitats and cultures. It also offers good weather if you take care of the seasons.

Travelling yes, but how ?

With a MTB and an offroad trailer: the KIT L80, to carry all material necessary for the trip and a ukulele :-) .

Nicolas tested his bike and trailer first in Ardèche, in the South of France :
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The trip started in September in the Alps with a very demanding first week.

I’ve been cycling with my MTB regularly in the mountains for almost 10 years. That’s what helped me choose the type of trip I wanted to make. However, with a bike trailer and the load, it’s a whole new experience, both technical and physical.

With a trailer, it’s advised to evaluate the quality of the tracks when going downhill. Pushing 35kg might become quite tiring.
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The weather was particularly good during this first week.
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Next country : Switzerland.

17 Oct

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Jack Butler, our Sun Trip champion

17 October 2018 | By | No Comments

Jack Butler, our champion, was the 6th finisher of the Sun Trip, this bike racing from Lyon to Guangzhou.

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Some numbers : Jack has arrived on the finish line after 64 days on the road and 12 500km. At 24, he is the youngest ‘sun tripper’ this year.

In order to be part of this adventure for a reasonable price, Jack built his bike himself in the UK. He made sure to choose reliable equipment, such as the STD 100 bike trailer.

Following the race’s rule, Jack chose his route himself before the departure. He decided to go North, through Europe, where the weather was good and the roads were quite flat. After starting the race very fast, the young traveller then enjoyed the trip and took time to make some videos along the way (Youtube channel).

Our champion also received the skilfulness price of the Sun Trip jury. This price rewards adventurers that were able to make their race fully with solar power, while sharing their experience online.

Jack is now on his way to Europe.

Find out the video of his last moments on the road and his arrival at Guangzhou :

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Here is how he had to pack his bike and trailer for the return trip :

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04 Sep

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Travelling by bike

4 September 2018 | By | No Comments

After spending 6 months on his bike, it’s time to take a break for Bertrand. It’s also the time to share his pleasure of travelling by bike with his Aevon trailer.

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Travelling by bike for Bertrand means being constantly on the move, a way to keep routine at bay. You can only go forward. Stopping means falling or temporarily staying in equilibrium. “Movement is one of the most motivating and powerful elements to me.”

It is also a way to show your own strength (both physical and mental) and state loud and clear your attachement to the environment.Travelling by bike is being at ease with your choices. It is also, out of necessity, outdoing yourself.

Above all, pedalling is regularly cited as a synonym of freedom. Freedom of movement, of choice, of direction and desires. You can decide the day before what you will do the day after, with no pressure and no limit.

Finally, pedalling seems to naturally provided a feeling of inner peace. You also feel this when you’re looking at the beautiful landscapes and ever-present nature.

The last 6 months have enabled Bertrand to confirm these values every day. It’s still time to take a little break and let the bike and trailer get some rest for a few weeks. Bertrand will enjoy the mountain, skiing with friends, maybe meet new people on the way. By doing ‘couch-surfing’, Bertand has met many travellers like him along his trips and also back home. It’s an excellent way to create some link and it’s with people met this way that he’ll spend the month of September.

Bertrand will get back on the bike in October.

14 Feb

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Peru by bike, the follow-up

14 February 2018 | By | No Comments

We find Bertrand on the road to the White Andes Moutains.

During the first 10 days by bike, Bertrand notes that Peru is not better on the environment issue than its neighbours. The roads are lined with garbage.

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On New Year’s Eve, he arrives in a town called Sullana, North of Peru.

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It’s hard to find a place to stay that night. “3 firemen stations won’t let me stay as there is almost no one on site that night. They’re all going to party ! At a bend, I find a family. They own a car wash and parking lot. They offer me a roof for the night and a shower.”

There follows 2 days cycling in the desert for 250km. Quickly, cabins are getting scarce, bushes too, the wind is stronger and the sun is hot.

Wind, day and night. That’s the plan for the following days .”

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Out of the desert, Bertrand finds green lanscapes again, with rice, onions, hot pepper and potato fields. “Peru is famous for its diversity : in the landscape, the food and culture in general.”

Soon follows the ‘Cordillera Negra’ and its mountains. “No vegetation. Rocks, sand. I feel like I’m cycling in a quarry and I feel very small.”

Crossing a pass at 4219m, Bertrand sees for the first time Huaraz and the White Andes Mountains. “My first snow ! To celebrate, as there are only 25km left to reach Huaraz, I get an extra piece of chocolate, my best friend on special days.”

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Bertrand arrives at Huaraz under the sun despite the rain season.

08 Feb

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Peru by bike

8 February 2018 | By | No Comments

In Ecuador, Bertrand gains altitude with his STD 100 trailer. Time to think about this one year bike trip : “Time goes so fast !

In the direction of Cotopaxi park and Rhuminaui mountain (5897m), the road gets very difficult, with rocks, under the rain and uphill.
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The day after, departure for the Quilotoa volcano with a descent in the crater and 3 days hiking. The landscape is breathtaking.
The Quilotoa is a dead volcano. Its crater is filled with water. We are 3900m high…

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The goal is to reach Huaraz (3000m), cycling for 3 weeks. It’s opposite the White Cordillera.
The first few days are quite hard with a passage 3880m high. I can feel it in my muscles …

Bertrand gets back into his routine of finding a place to stay at the end of each day. For Christmas, firemen offer to share their meal with him.

Finally comes the Peruvian border.

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January, Feberuary, March. Three months in the full winter season. There will be rain and temperate climate in the mountains. The coast will be dry with sun and wind. Here the seasons imply different climates depending on the location.”

He meets little vultures and lizards sunbathing along the road.
For his first night in Peru, Bertrand finds shelter in a Jehovah community. He sleeps in a little cabin with his hammock.

After a week, Bertrands takes a break at Mancora, a seaside resort. “Last swim and last beautiful sunset on the Pacific Ocean.”

26 Jan

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Cycling About tested the KIT L80 in Japan

26 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Alee is an expert in bike travelling and manages the website Cycling About. His trip in Japan enabled him to test the KIT L80 trailer and give us a feedback about his experience.

Handling ability

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Alee underlines the handling ability of the trailer compared to the use of bags. He also finds that you quickly forget you’re even towing a trailer.

Of course, you need to adapt your driving when you’re cycling in narrow spaces, in town for example, by taking larger anglers. But the trailer is narrower than a bike saddled with bags on all sides.

Cross country

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That’s where Alee found the trailer the most useful.
As weight is entirely at the back, the bike seems light and can change direction quickly. It’s perfect when you’re riding on single tracks.

The KIT L80 is equipped with a shock absorber on the rear, a real asset when you’re riding on difficult tracks. It’s possible to adjust the pressure to adapt to the weight you’re carrying.
For long distances on tracks, Alee would definitely choose the trailer over side bags.

The waterproof bag

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Alee added some smaller bags inside the waterproof bag of the trailer. When he parked, he took out what he needed and left the waterproof bag inside the trailer.
He confirms that the bag is perfectly waterproof. If the bag is full, it may be necessary to use an extra waterproof protection on the top, to prevent the rain that fell on the bag from getting inside when you open it.

Meeting with a bear

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It wasn’t really part of the plan but Alee had the ‘chance’ to test the strength of the KIT L80 when a 500kg bear decided to jump on it, leaving the trace of his claws along the bag.
To know more about this trip, watch this video :

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17 Jan

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Colombia by bike

17 January 2018 | By | No Comments

We meet up again with Bertrand at Medellin in Colombia, famous for being the most dangerous city in the world. From the 80s to 2000, the city was affected by violence and acts of revenge. Today the city is much more peaceful and young people use street art and hip hop to give energy and happiness to the Comuna 13 area, particularly affected by these difficult times.

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After one month in Colombia, it’s time to get back on the road with bike and STD 100 trailer in the direction of Quito in Ecuador.

On the road, Bertrand meets lots of trucks towing at least 4 trailers each. They are filled with sugar cane to be transformed into organic fuel. Teams spend their day on the side of the road waiting for these trucks so they can close the road to other users and let the pass through.

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On the famous Panamérica, Bertrand also comes accross roadblocks organised by the indigenous people of the South of Colombia (Naza people). Treaties were signed between these people and the state and were not always respected. This kind of event happens from time to time at special dates.
“You need to negotiate at each roackblock with people armed with machetes, hoods and shovels, in order to pass through. It’s quite hard for about 2 days. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to take pictures as they threaten to seize my camera.”
Luckily, the bike and the trailer help to communicate with these people.

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To be noted on this trip :

  • I cycled up to 3300 metres high for the first time
  • I reached the speed of 75km/h, with a total weight of 140kg (bike + trailer + load + me) !!!