58 Hours – 1.710 Kilometers – 16.800 meters of difference in altitude – ascents with grades of max. 19%
Tony Rominger, former professional road racing cyclist who won the Vuelta a Espana three times and the Giro d’Italia once, the Swiss 3-star Michelin chef Philippe Rochat, Christian Rochat, Didi Serena – CEO of KJUS, and Marc Biver – Head of Swiss Triathlon and Member of the Advisory Board at KJUS, went on an adventurous ride from Seattle to San Francisco. With their race bikes and pure willpower, they made 1.710 kilometers in 11 days. With a total of 58 hours pure race time the five passionate bikers defied bad weather conditions and a range of breakdowns.
On the second day of the trip they had their first incident. Philippe damaged his bicycle chain in the middle of a three kilometer long suspension bridge, leaving them unable to repair his bike right away. They were forced to take a walk back to fix the bike at a local bike shop, which took them 1½ hours. Continuing their stage over the bridge, fate again hit Philippe with a flat tire – but the team managed to fix it quickly.
After they handled their starting problems everything went back to normal. Well … pretty much. Except for some more flat tires, getting held up by the police and serious truck traffic on their chosen routes, the team managed to complete the next stages to their full satisfaction.
With an average speed of 27, 9 km/h and a permanent up and down adding up to approximately 1.600 meters of elevation per day, the team traversed the states Washington, Oregon and California.
After all this suffering and fighting for the feeling of unconditional freedom the team arrived safely in San Francisco. And of course they celebrated their journey with fine food and a glass of vintage red wine.
Living the spirit of KJUS, we congratulate the entire team for this achievement.
Get an impression of their amazing bike trip by clicking through the gallery.
The Team left their traces. You can follow their route in this map!