Who genuinely knows how to answer when it comes to describe oneself honestly? For sure I am Guilhem LACAZE. Saying that even 90% of the French people have no idea how to pronounce that; I am better known as that Instagram cyclist with a penchant for funky coloured socks – #sockdoping
I grew up in a sun-baked region of the South West part of France: the Pyrenees. I started riding a bike – seriously – at around 10 of age and since, I never stopped. Let’s say that I’ve never stopped on purpose: as you might have seen (or probably will see in the future), I live an intense relationship with the ground which adds a little bit of spice to my rides, a few times a year.
At first, I was meeting with school friends and cycling was the greatest and quickest way to achieve the 10kms from my village to theirs! Today, I am still on a bike, and I feel lucky enough to combine the best of both worlds: traveling with a bike.
Coffee, beautiful bikes, and mountains – if any or all of those sound good to you, you’ll likely find yourself happy you followed Switzerland-based athlete Guilhem Lacaze. Whether ripping around a track or climbing snowcapped peaks – he manages to capture it all in stunning detail – http://hiconsumption.com
Whatever I am training, racing or exploring new roads, it’s always swimming, cycling and running related. Peek inside my athletic way of life. I wish you to discover something new and fresh, sharing part of my journey.
From the Pyrenees
This is where I grew up! Yes, I am French native. I’ve spent the first 20 years of my life in between some of the most famous climbs from the Pyrenees – Col du Peyresourde, Port de Balès, Col du Tourmalet – to name just a few.
Yes, you’ve correctly read. I come from a very hilly – not to say serious climbs – area, and I am everything than a good climber. Too tall, too heavy I find my way pulling serious watts, sitting comfortably on the saddle on flat and straight road sections. 54×11 makes it all
To the Swiss Alps
This is where I live now. While I am traveling a lot these days, I am based in Bern, Switzerland! For tax reasons, what else? Or maybe, it is because I also have a serious penchant for dark chocolate? I moved in a few years ago by choice, Switzerland has a great living, and as a great outdoor lover, I found myself well here! I might complain (a lot) about the sh**ty weather, I freakin’ enjoy riding, running or skiing up there.
What is the best thing about living in Switzerland ? The flag is a big plus.
I might not stay for ever in Switzerland. As any younger from the Y generation, I am always seeking for the best places to live in the world, the best places to explore but found myself well balanced when it comes to sport around the country. Roads are superb, sceneries are unspoilt. Level cycling paths by lakes. In the Mittelland, hill succeeds hill in countryside imbued with tradition and then there are the Alps, with famous passes exceeding 2000m in altitude amid the snowy peaks. You might have understood, I don’t explore so much the later.
Pictures from Jochen Haar
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