« I am lucky enough to live in the "heart of the giants". »
I don't hide it: I am passionate about bikes, at home I have 3 of them! A hybrid bike equipped with all the gear for my travels and cycle trips, a road bike and a mountain bike for sport. More ecological than the car, I take the bike whenever I can, killing two birds with one stone: I take care of both my physical condition and my carbon footprint.
As a teenager, I already use the bike on a daily basis, to go badminton and horse riding. The practice of road cycling came later. Between 2013 and 2016, I was part of a women's cycling team in Doha, Qatar. I learnt to ride in a peloton, and also to crash... More fear than harm! Between 2016 and 2019, I was part of the cycling club in Pointe-Noire, Congo.
Since 2020, I have ridden alone, with my husband or friends, in the Hautes-Alpes where we live. The region, sometimes called "the heart of the giants" (Izoard, Galibier, Granon passes, etc.), is beautiful, conducive to many outdoor activities. I am now considering joining the Briançon cycling club - I miss riding in a peloton too much!
« There are still few women in cycling. »
I noticed it again on the 2022 Etape du Tour: 6% of women in a peloton out of 16,000 participants, that's not much! Beyond my result (29th woman out of 400), I took pleasure in participating in a long sporting event, and in finishing it "cleanly": what a joy to be sufficiently trained not to suffer it! I like the management and tactics of the race, drafting to reduce wind resistance in slightly uphill sections, managing my hydration and my food, watching my heart rate to produce the right effort, neither under nor over... As for the pre-race pasta party, with family or friends... always a great moment!
« Cycling allows me to refocus on the essential. »
As a self-employed business owner, mother of 3 children and a great sportswoman, I have a fairly life, where it is not always easy to find time for myself. It is during long sports sessions, and in particular cycling, that I manage to "clear my mind", to leave for a while the daily (pre)occupations; in my bubble, I concentrate on the essential - private, family or professional.
« The Cyclist House speaks to the environmentalist in me. »
Particularly sensitive to environmental issues, I adhere 200% to the principles of sustainable development and circular economy on which The Cyclist House is built upon. But that's not all: I also find myself in other aspects of this beautiful initiative, especially in the quality of the products. When I do sports, I like to use very good equipment; the bikes proposed by TCH are with precise criteria and faithful photos, allowing to choose one's mount without surprise. And you don't need to be a professional to make sure that the bike you buy is in good working condition! It is still appreciable.
Convinced of the necessity of such an approach, my husband and I decided to invest in the project.
Engineer and Writer
« A bicycle is above all a companion on the road. An escape buddy. »
I discovered cycling quite late, a bit by chance. My sport, for a long time, was rugby! On the field, neither relays nor curbstrokes, but rather wing balls and cathedral tackles... Thus gently "hazed", my cycling cousins didn't miss me: the next day, I made my first (real) bike ride with them - the ascent of the Iseran pass!
Strangely enough, I haven't stopped riding since. Better still, cycling has become my sport! In Haute-Maurienne or in Suisse Normande, in the mountains of Lyonnais or in the plain of Bresse, I like cycling for the sensations it gives me, the freshness on my skin and the fatigue in my legs.
« Cycling is a child's game that lasts a long time. »
This sentence is not mine, but the journalist Éric Fottorino's. I find it very beautiful. Cycling is always a bit of an opportunity for me to fall back into childhood, to regain the feeling of freedom experienced for the first time in my youth. I am naturally creative, and I believe that cycling, more than any other activity, inspires me and feeds my imagination.
One of my favorite pastimes, summer and winter, is to ride the roads - or to hop on a train with my bike, and get off again, in search of new adventures!
« If you like cycling, The Cyclist House should appeal to you. »
You bet! When my friend Francisco told me about this young company for the first time, my blood ran cold... I must say that the concept is very attractive! At TCH, you can find second-hand bikes, but inspected, with certified quality by professionals. A kind of Leboncoin for cyclists, guaranteed without bad surprises! Another important asset in my eyes: returns are allowed. When you know the importance of trying your bike before adopting it...
Today, I share my passion for cycling as a contributor of the site's blog.
« I like to challenge myself. »
I have been cycling for a long time. In elementary school, I used to ride my little road bike with my friends! The timed laps around the country house were an opportunity to measure ourselves against each other. In high school, I travelled (almost) exclusively by bike.
As time went by, the bicycle became a more distant and extreme travel companion. I undertake with my wife (soon joined by our first daughter... towed!) long trips through France, Romania, Vietnam... What a fantastic way to see the country! By bike, we go further, faster, and we recover more easily than on foot.
« I am a born competitor. »
At the age of 30, a knee injury forced me to stop running. It was a blessing in disguise: without any real experience, I signed up for a cyclosportive in Normandy. Well ranked, I joined a cycling club and started competing at the regional level. A bike race is very tactical, but also very fun. I like the mix of effort and game, of strategy.
« When you are well trained, you can achieve great things on a bike. »
My bike follows me in my successive expatriations, first in Qatar, then in Congo. In 2018, I participated again in the Etape du Tour, for which I prepared in a semi-professional way, 12-15h per week for 6 months. The following year, my wife and I fell in love with the Briançon region, where we have since settled. The place is simply mythical! People from all over the world come every year to climb the big passes. Izoard, Granon, Galibier... At that time, I covered about 10 000 km per year.
« I want to live moments that I will remember in 20 years. »
I have spent some unforgettable days on my bike. I remember a 220 km ride, from Beaufort (73) to Gap (05), taking 5 passes, including the Croix de Fer and the Madeleine... The blueberry pie at the top of the Ornon pass tasted great!
Today, my practice is less intensive, more family-oriented than in the past, but no less rich in memories! The tour of the Emparis plateau by mountain bike with my daughter or the tour of the Écrins park by road are episodes I will not forget.
« I love beautiful equipment! It's my engineering side. »
Before the emergence of initiatives such as The Cyclist House, we used to buy a bike on Leboncoin or Troc Vélo. We would have been happy to have a "stamp" on a 4 to 5k€ bike! I'm thinking in particular of the frame, whose integrity was no more guaranteed than that of the other components (a simple crack, however, can have disastrous consequences). So many problems that TCH is now able to solve by offering a well curated selection of bikes, which are of course already used, but stamped "ready to ride" after a thorough inspection.
I invested in the company because I think it's a smart idea. The concept existed for cars, why not for bikes? As prices have increased a lot lately, I am convinced that the second-hand market has a great future ahead of it.
Finally, I know Francisco for his energy, his seriousness, his loyalty. I trust him and his teams.