13th November 2018
#FASTFAR | Torino-Nice Rally | Robert Krügel
Not so long ago, Bokeh-rider Robert Krügel completed his 2nd Torino-Nice Rally. As with most rides that cover 700km in distance and 17000mH ascension, this rally placed the riders within the heart of some of the most beautiful and breathtaking parts of the world, considerable distances were covered off-road in a fantastic test of mettle and metal.
Through Robert's excellent story-telling and photography, we're lucky to be able to relive some of the highs from his adventure on this excellent blog feature over on Rennrad-news.
It draws, the way demands all my attention and energy. At the same time, you drive on one of the most breathtaking ancient trade routes that exist there. I can not put it into words, the mountains there are so narrow, so huge green and big, so incredibly beautiful, just unbelievable - for me this "road" was the highlight of the whole rally. Speechlessness and humility in front of this ingenious force of nature. We humans are so small and vulnerable, and we should do our utmost to respect the nature that protects and cares for us.
Robert rides a Bokeh Force1x | 650B. He uses the factory-spec Panaracer Comet 27.5 x 50mm tyres, and has modified the gearing by speccing a 34T chainring to claw his way up the steepest mountain passes.
Last year I tackled the track on my 29 "Rigid MTB with 3-inch tires. For 2018 I decided for the other extreme in the range of possibilities: A Gravelbike. The Mason Bokeh with 650B Panaracer tires in 50 mm. In the end, that turned out to be a pretty perfect choice... The advantages weigh heavier: the agile handling and the different grip and seating positions on the gravel bike.