• Bern
  • Sunday Breather – Velo Cafe Interlaken

    Tiina Kivelä

    Took a little breather and went to Interlaken for a long weekend getaway.

    Nah, who am I kidding. I had some things to do and sort out over there, so rather than a good breather, it was a hustle kinda break, including a bit of a disastrous bike transport across half the country and lots of rain. Nevertheless, past Sunday was more than relaxed in there, thanks to a beach hangout and Sunday afternoon coffee in the newest (and long waited) café in town, Velo Cafe Interlaken.

    Open every day (9am to 10pm), serving excellent coffee and drinks and homemade cakes (when a carrot cake is named rabbit cake I’m more than sold), having fixie on the wall and a nice little terrace – not to forget the overall looks seen in the pics – the café has very high hipster vibes. Sometimes though, hipster – or may I say well thought – is more than a good reason to love madly.

    Thanks for the coffee! Someday, I’ll be back for the after ride drink(s).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Velo Cafe, Unionsgasse 10, Interlaken (map)

     

     

  • BLOG
  • Pyhä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Monday morning well spent.

    I used to live and work in here briefly, in the Pyhä Ski Resort and Pyhä Luosto National Park in Northern Finland, above the Arctic Circle. Back then (I sound so old – not really sooo back then, just a few years ago) on these trails, and in a matter of fact on all the trails in this and other national parks in Finnish Lapland, mountain biking was prohibited.

    Back then, this was just a sleepy hiking and trail running paradise in summer, and skiing (alpine and Nordic) paradise in winter. This was also the place I and many more learned to really ski and where we, the kids from the neighboring towns, spent almost every winter weekend.

    Later some made it to the Olympics, some bumming to the Alps.

    Nowadays the place’s still all that but also a mountain biking paradise, both in summer and winter. This thanks to last year when, after many years of talking and lobbying, many trails in the national parks and near them were opened and even built from scratch for the two-wheeled ones, with the help of the modified park rules and the growing trend.

    In winter on snow and in summer in the most rocky parts – kind of which you find plenty of here –  the trails are best with a fatbike. A normal one is also more than fine in summer, but remember to keep a well-equipped maintenance kit with you (and good protection on) then.

    The quartzite doesn’t have much mercy.

    This time I was just trail running the appr. 12km path through this tunturiaapa marshland to the Isokuru gorge and past Karhunjuomalampi day hut back to the ski resort, and snapping few pics of these silvery pine woods, my rare favourites of the dead things in nature, and of the hill chain (tunturiketju, as we call these in Finnish) which continues north from Pyhä to Luosto ski resort and village.

    Things haven’t changed much since I left and this is always a good place to come back for a visit, as one of the few places in Lapland with the authentic original Lapland spirit left, with grey log cabin, one small hotel (which would need a renovation though) and many stories and legends to read and hear when in town.

    For starters, ask for the story of Huttu-Ukko, or of the hill on the left in the pics – Noitatuntunturi, Witchhill.

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Pyhä Ski Resort / Pyhä-Luosto National Park, Lapland, Finland.

    mtb trailmap

  • BLOG
  • Ride The Alps 2018 – Car Free Alpine Classics For Cyclists

    Tiina Kivelä

    As the story goes, I still have no roadbike. But luckily dreaming is free and the ones with the bikes can find the following information more than valuable (sharing is caring <3). The ones, who know what we talk when we talk of Furka pass, Grimsel pass, Susten pass, Peloton, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. For the ones, these roadcyckling passionates, maybe even you, Switzerland offers now Ride the Alps 2018.

    Ride the Alps will reserve the best of these passes only for cyclists, on designated dates from May to September 2018. You read right – on designated dates (in here and below), the maginificent roads will be car free, for cyclist only. For once you don’t need to worry of the cars on the sometimes very narrow roads, leading up and down through the magnificent Swiss landscape – for once, it’s all up to you and your bike.

    So, start planning and hold your horses bikes untill these dates. Or well, maybe some exercise labs prior May would be a good idea too.

    Get the overview of the dates and passes below, and click yourself to the My Switzerland Ride The Alps -site for more information. I’m also more than up to this challenge, so drop me a message if you’re going and let’s see if I manage to get a bike to the line as well.


    Ride the Alps – Events 2018

    May

    Ride the Alps Susten – Meiringen – 26.5.2018

    June

    UNICEF Cycling for Children – Crans-Montana – 9.6.2018

    Chasing Cancellara – Andermatt – 24.6.2018

    July

    Ride the Alps vaudoises – Villars-sur-Ollon – 1.7.2018

    Granfondo San Gottardo – Ambrì 22.7.2018

    August

    Tour des Stations – Verbier –11.8.2018

    September 

    slowUp Mountain Albula – Bergün / Bravuogn – 2.9.2018

    Challenge Davos Festival – Davos Dorf – 16.9.2018

    La Désalpe – Reichenbach Finhaut – 16.9.2018

    FreiPass Klausen Pragel – Linthal–  22.9.2018 – 23.9.2018