I moved to the Geneva area with my wife Emmanuelle and family in 2003. Since then I have cycled many thousands of kilometres in the Alps, thoroughly neglecting the house and garden… Surrounded by so many beautiful mountains, who can resist the challenge of cycling up them?
Creating Alpine Cols was a natural choice to share my love of France and the famous Alpine climbs with other cyclists. I’m a (somewhat lapsed) engineer by trade, which comes in handy for fixing bicycles and mastering the intricacies of power meters.
When not busy with Alpine Cols, I coach senior management on effective leadership behaviours. Together with my partners in the Enablers Network I lead motivational workshops, team-building and employee engagement seminars.
- My research on why people are passionate about cycling: The Motivations of Amateur Cyclists
- My business presentation What Can Cyclists Teach You About How To Motivate Your People?
As a teenager in France I swam at national level and still enjoy swimming. I did try to get Marvin to join me doing laps in the pool but he was never very keen. I, on the other hand, have now joined him on the bike. Just as well… I would not see much of him otherwise!
Road cycling makes me feel young again as each climb is a fresh challenge. Climbing a col is what I prefer: get in a rhythm, start day dreaming and above all savor this time away from daily constraints. Cyclosportives are even more fun as they give the opportunity to meet other cyclists – from all over the world at the Haute Route or the Etape du Tour. Climbing on the podium at La Forestière or taking only 5h15 minutes to do the 180 kms around Lake Geneva were great highs.
When not in La Clusaz with Alpine Cols guests, I am either pelting round the velodrome in Geneva or at the Hotel School of Lausanne, where I teach how to manage legal risk in the hospitality industry.
After a university degree in the sciences I decided to follow my heart and not my head. For the past 15 years I have made my living in cycling by coaching and writing articles for the press. I have covered over 100,000 km as a coach to groups of cyclists. All this experience helps me to identify the needs of cyclists of all levels very quickly and to coach them accordingly.
My passion for the mountains means I’ve been riding in cyclosportives for the past 25 years. I usually participate in between 5 and 15 per year. My favourite is the Marmotte, probably the toughest with its 5000 m climb in 175 km. I have been in the first 20 seven times in 12 attempts.
My greatest joy is sharing my passion with like-minded people, helping them progress and appreciate our wonderful sport. I like nothing better than taking people behind the scenes at the Tour de France to share in the magic of this extraordinary race, which gives so much pleasure to so many millions around the world every summer.
- Winner Tour de l’Ain 2009
- Winner Cyclo Cathare 2011
- Winner Conquérante 2012
- Winner Route des Helviens 2014
- 2nd Ardéchoise 2009
- 3rd Route des Helviens 2013
- 5th Tour de l’Ain 2012
- 10th Marmotte 2010
- 18th Etape du Tour II 2011
I am passionate about the Tour de France. To go higher, faster, further, break through the barriers, do as the champions. This is the force that leads me again and again to the most beautiful roads in the world, the roads of the Tour de France, the force that makes me climb the greatest mountains, the force that has taken me to the highest levels of amateur cycling.
Another passion: meeting new people. Experiencing unforgettable moments, using my experience to help others to reach their dreams. Sharing stories and knowledge of the world, trading expertise, fellowship on the same road. This is my métier and my dream.
- 2nd La Limousine 2012
- 2nd La Casartelli 2010
- 3rd La Lapébie 2011
- 7th La Pyrénéenne 2011
- 9th l’Ariégeoise 2011
- 30th Etape du Tour 2012
Born in Albertville in the heart of the Alps I found it hard to focus on my school work and spent my days dreaming about skiing and cycling in the mountains. It was no surprise then when I passed my professional qualifications as a ski instructor and a cycling coach. I must have cycled multiple times up every possible climb in the Northern Alps, including many that don’t figure in the guidebooks!
Apart from six years spent in the paddock on the Formula One circuit with Toyota, I have stayed in the mountains ever since. During the winter I teach private clients on the ski-slopes in Courchevel, and in the summer I cycle. It is a great life, living out my two passions and sharing them with like-minded people: I like nothing better than to pass on my experience.
I compete in many of the Alpine cyclosportives, such as the Time Megève Mont Blanc, the Marmotte and of course the Haute Route.
I have always had a huge passion for all endurance sports, starting with swimming as a kid. I then progressed to triathlon, eventually competing for New Zealand 1998, before discovering the world of bike racing and the fun of competing in one day events and stage races.
Having decided to make a career of coaching endurance sports, I took a degree in Sports Science, specialising in performance. I graduated in 2000 and began work as a full time coach. Over the last 15 years I have been fortunate to coach many Elite and Age Group national champions and both professional as well as amateur athletes.
I now live in the French Alps close to Annecy, one of the best places in the world for cycling in the mountains. From here I keep in extremely close contact with all my athletes, providing a personal website for each individual and using their bike computer files and an online training log to refine their training. I design totally customised training plans for each person, taking into consideration every aspect of preparing physically and mentally for events.
My ultimate goal? To help each athlete achieve amazing, life changing experiences in their chosen endurance events.
- 14th l’Etape du Tour 2012
- 47th Marmotte Cyclosportive 2013
- 75th l’Etape du Tour (the day after the Marmotte) 2013
- 2nd New Zealand Road Championships 2012
- 5th UCI Tour of Wellington 2001
- 23rd Tour du Mont Blanc 330km and 8000+ ascended meters 2014
- 23rd Triathlon World Championships 1998
- Half Ironman (70.3) PB 4:09
- Standard distance (Olympic) triathlon PB 1:52