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VIDEO: Cycling the 10 Highest Passes of the Alps on a Touring Bike

Old 12-22-15, 02:10 PM
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VIDEO: Cycling the 10 Highest Passes of the Alps on a Touring Bike

Hi everyone,

I am Ralf from Germany. I finished editing my new video about my latest bicycle tour through the Alps. It took me 6 weeks to cover 2.747km (1.700 miles) accumulating over 45.000m of height.

I hope you like the video. I invested a lot of time in it. I promise you won't be bored. Tell me what you think. Please enjoy.

The video is below.

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Good stuff. I liked the little convoy you had going.
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Nicely done! I toured Europe this summer and often wished I had video. You captured it beautifully including my traveling companions impression of Simplon. It was the third day of their (by adult sons) first tour.

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Nice video (see what I did there ). Thanks for sharing.
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Remarkable. Very well done video, editing, etc...

Also, 40 miles per day for 6 weeks, but roughly +3500 ft. of climbing per day. I calculated it as 147,000 ft.

That's incredibly difficult, especially loaded touring.

As I said, remarkable and a thanks for sharing.
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Epic stuff your a horse of a man.
great video really enjoyed it tought going tho.
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Wicked cool. Very, very well-edited video. Loved Gerard's touring rig, too. All around, a great video and an awesome trip!
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Fantastic video Ralf! I really have to make it to the Alps some day.
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Great video, thanks, I watched on the big TV. I usually only see those big passes in Tour de France tv--they look so much different without a million spectators & cars. A non-biker friend also watched the video & liked it a lot.
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Originally Posted by reed523
Nicely done! I toured Europe this summer and often wished I had video. You captured it beautifully including my traveling companions impression of Simplon. It was the third day of their (by adult sons) first tour.
Thanks Keith. Yeah, the Simplon is really not made for cycling. During the whole climb I only met two other cyclists. That is crazy compared to all the other climbs.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Remarkable. Very well done video, editing, etc...

Also, 40 miles per day for 6 weeks, but roughly +3500 ft. of climbing per day. I calculated it as 147,000 ft.

That's incredibly difficult, especially loaded touring.

As I said, remarkable and a thanks for sharing.
Thank you Steve. It was tough indeed but also very rewarding. I think this summer I may do the same trip again
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
Great video, thanks, I watched on the big TV. I usually only see those big passes in Tour de France tv--they look so much different without a million spectators & cars. A non-biker friend also watched the video & liked it a lot.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the video. The cars were there unfortunately but not a million fans to cheer me on
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Very nice and well done video of an epic tour, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks, glad you enjoyed the video. The cars were there unfortunately but not a million fans to cheer me on
Was interesting that you mentioned the motos could be bothersome on occasion. In the US the motorcycle tourists I've seen on tour seem to be fairly polite--I guess we have more of the Harley guys who cruise slow vs Euro guys challenging the descents on their BMWs.
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
Was interesting that you mentioned the motos could be bothersome on occasion. In the US the motorcycle tourists I've seen on tour seem to be fairly polite--I guess we have more of the Harley guys who cruise slow vs Euro guys challenging the descents on their BMWs.
Not sure I've seen the HDs going especially slow, but I do notice that they are too frigging loud (same with the crouch rockets).

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Originally Posted by Ridefreemc
Not sure I've seen the HDs going especially slow, but I do notice that they are too ****ing loud (same with the crouch rockets).
Heh, sometimes I get a bit disappointed seeing Harley riders going so slow (ie speed limit). Most Harleys not designed for sport riding but OTOH quite capable of spirited riding. Maybe many Harley riders are not esp skilled or fit or else just happy to go slow. I love motorcycles even though I don't ride & the noise doesn't bother me, even from the racing bikes. Anywhere with car or truck traffic it's hardly as if louder bikes are spoiling the ecosystem. Louder moto could help prevent collisions with deer/elk/moose?

Also, many powerful motos with louder exhausts are fairly quiet at lower throttle--the loudest Harleys are the minority with riders choosing pipes that are very loud even at low speed. At motorcycle road races I've seen a lot of bikes that were not obnoxiously loud until throttle cranked for the take-off.
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