Featured: Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps
Let me tell you about this beauty I’m very excited to be stocking.
The Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps guide book was originally compiled by Fred Wright and published in 2002 in the rather limited run of 100 copies. It preserved the collective wisdom of generations of cyclists who pioneered riding the “rough stuff” – riders who headed into the high peaks armed only with touring bikes and rucksacks, sandals and floppy hats, crossing mountain ranges and joining up famous cols on little-known gravel tracks, dirt trails and even glacier climbs.
Isola Press, who publish books celebrating cycling, mountains and the outdoors, have curated this new edition featuring beautiful photographs from decades past, gathering together hundreds of routes ranging from easy gravel roads to hard glacier traverses.
I did a little bit of cycling in the Alps for the first time last year, it was a rather low-key ride with my dad (who does a bit more cycling in the Alps), but enough to make me realise I could be, should be, doing more of it (my humble bike jaunts are documented on my personal Instagram). I’m aware that only a small portion of my followers might be keen cyclists (hello!), but one of the main reasons I’ve chosen to do what I do is that I can share the things that have moved me, inspired me, hoping they can do the same for at least one other person. I’ve already converted a couple of friends into cycling enthusiasts, so it’s sort of working (hi!).
I’m delighted to have added Isola Press to the list of small publishers I have in stock, as their upcoming book is one that I cannot wait to hold in my hands. The Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive Book will showcase the best from this treasure trove of photos, journals and maps documenting a bygone age of adventuring by bike. The project is being looked after by writer Max Leonard and archivist Mark Hudson. More details can be found here, and in the meantime do treat yourself to the Rough Stuff Fellowship Instagram page which currently is my favourite thing on the whole entire internet.
All photographs are taken from Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps . Buy the book here!