Meet the 21 Riders of the 2021 Women’s Torino-Nice Rally
There’s a group of 21 women riding the 700-kilometer Torino-Nice Rally through Italy and France right now, and Tristan Bogaard was at the start to capture a portrait of each rider and rig. Find those here, plus an introduction from Lael Wilcox…
The Torino Nice Rally is a 700-kilometer mixed gravel and tarmac ride through the Alps from Turin, Italy, to Nice, France, with 17,500 meters of climbing. Route designer James Olsen hosts a group start the first week of September every year. It’s not a race, but a challenge to finish the route in a week.
This year, in partnership with Komoot and loads of help from Gaby Thompson, we’ve organized a Women’s Torino Nice Rally. As with the group start, the idea is that a group of women begins the ride in Turin together and rides the route self-supported. Riders can choose where and when they want to eat and sleep every night and how far they want to go every day. The idea is that we leapfrog one another along the way, form small groups, and have the best time ever.
With a group of 21 women, we set out from Turin at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, September 24. Tristan Bogaard and Belen Castello came to the start to cheer for us and took portraits of each rider. Another five women, including Sophie Gateau and Gaelle Bojko, will meet us on the road.
A few of us our riding with trackers and you can follow our progress here. If you’re in the area, please come out and join us for a stretch. Our goal is to make it to Nice on October 1st for the finishers’ party at the Service Course.
The route is public and available all year. Organizing events brings people together to share stories and adventure, motivate each other over the cols and help one another. This event is for women because I’ve been to many bikepacking races where I’m the only woman or at most, we’re ten percent of the entire field. It’s also an awesome opportunity to spend time with women who I’ve heard about for years and exchanged messages with, but have never met in person. I’m so inspired by this group, both fun-loving and tenacious.
We’ve been out on the route for two days and have already climbed nearly 7,000 meters over six cols: Colombardo, Finestre, Assietta, Lauson, Montgenevre, and l’Izoard. The group is no more than 50 kilometers apart, and my personal goal is to spend some time on the bike with every woman out here.
2021 Women’s Torino-Nice Rally Portraits
See the full gallery of all 21 riders and rigs from the Women’s Torino-Nice Rally below, all shot by Tristan Bogaard. You’ll find the rider’s name, age, home country, and Instagram handle above each photo.
Age 33 / Slovenia / @t.w.w.c
Age 54 / Ireland / @petamcsharry
Age 41 / England / @katiejaneendurance
Age 39 / England / @emilyofchappell
Age 39 / Germany / @ladydi_ontheroad
Age 49 / Wales / @sianskicycle
Age 41 / England / @spannasw
Age 32 / England / @bikingforbrioche
Age 32 / England / @gofastergaby
Age 32 / England / @nicjocarass
Age 50 / Germany / @tamtamka
Age 35 / England / @charlotte_inman_
Age 35 / Switzerland / @tractatusillogicus
Age 30 / France / @lourssl
Océane Le Pape
Age 32 / France / @oceanelepape
Age 22 / USA/Canada / @gbooth99
Age 35 / England / @riderrachy
Age 29 / England / @katherinebikes
Age 28 / France / @estrada.adrienne
Age 35 / USA / @laelwilcox
Age 28 / USA / @rugilekaladyte
As described on the Torino-Nice Rally website, “The Komoot Torino-Nice Rally is a bikepacking, touring or randonneur event – a ride that’s a bit of most things except technically difficult in the mountain biking sense. It’s not a race, just a challenge to finish and a question of what to ride and where to focus your efforts.
The route includes around 300 miles / 485km of tarmac going up to a high point of 2750m and taking in two Grand Tour cols, also 150 miles / 240km of rocky gravel-based military stradas along the border often at an altitude of 2000m or more. The scenery of the Queyras and Mercantour national parks and the Ligurian, Cottian and Maritime Alps will reward those prepared to ride long days and sleep out, seeing the sun rise and set each day.”
Stay tuned for more reports and stories from the 2021 Women’s Torino-Nice Rally. We’ll be sharing a follow-up piece from Lael later this week. In the meantime, we’d like to wish all the riders the best of luck out on the route!
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