Amusing little interview of Ferdy Kübler, the Swiss cycling legend (and oldest living Tour de France winner) in the Tagesanzeiger, the Swiss daily.

When asked whether he would have been able to compete with the PROs of today he replies:

“Don’t insult me. We were much harder and robust than the PROs of today. There are no real moutain stages anymore. We had distances of over 300 kilometers and had to go over at least eight or nine passes – today, everything is much easier”.


Rapha sponsors fantastic videos, such as the one below. Fantastic, but a little pretentious. I don’t get why they interview the riders, who come across as caricatures of Brooklyn hipsters straight out of a Bike Snob blog post. Does this really “stir the longings of desk-bound he-man riders of means“?

Anyway, these are still inspiring and make one go out and ride!

Rapha Continental – The Movie from RAPHA on Vimeo.

This week-end I will be riding the Tilff-Bastogne-Tilff cyclo. We rented a house in the Ardennes (via Ardennes Etapes, which I can highly recommend) with a couple of friends. C. and I will be doing the cyclo, while the ladies will be enjoying the day with the kids.

The landscapes are really gorgeous and we are sort of lucky with the weather. There are showers and the temperatures are fresh for the season (around 15°C), but the sun is shining and the light is great. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and without rain.

I have not been training as much as I would have liked, so it’s going to be a chllenging and “epic” ride. But since C. has trained less, we should be able to suffer together on this.