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Video: A Family Ride in the Dolomites with Jerome Clementz

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Video: A Household Experience within the Dolomites with Jerome Clementz

My title is Jerome Clementz, 36-year-old by now. I’ve been knowledgeable mountain bike rider for greater than 15 years. Most of my time was spent exploring, coaching and racing all around the globe. Fortunately my spouse Pauline was capable of be part of me throughout most of this journey as she helped me operating my profession and he or she’s additionally a talented rider.

Sooner or later, round 2 years in the past, we have been having a child collectively, no stress for me as I used to be slowly transferring out of my racing interval, so I used to be not apprehensive of getting to take a position power into child duties, early morning get up and quick nights. Really, I used to be tremendous excited for this new a part of my life and able to face this problem.

Our life was filled with this type of morning

Telling the information to my household and pals, they first have been pleased for us but additionally raised some considerations. ‘Recreation over’ ‘no extra driving for you’, ‘Now you’re caught at house’ ‘it was nice to fulfill you, however now we gained’t see you anymore’ have been the sort of remarks I’ve obtained and made me notice issues will probably be completely different.

I by no means skilled greater than 2 months at house with out touring and all my weekend have been devoted to the out of doors exploration with or with out my bike. This was in all probability a tricky half to digest, however in spite of everything, I wish to be taught and expertise new issues. Or perhaps you possibly can nonetheless do cool issues with a child!

The necessity for motion is all the time calling

I’ll prevent from all the main points of the start with a new child and won’t encourage you to go loopy from the beginning however as soon as you possibly can perceive when your child is having fun with issues there’s loads of alternative to nonetheless dwell an thrilling life and produce him in your journey. Fortunately bike might be the device who has essentially the most choices to share moments collectively. We began with Thule trailer, on some cycle path and a few gravel street for some good exploration. No want to remain at house we might nonetheless spend our time away and uncover new locations.

Biking has numerous instruments to benefit from the trip with a child

When he turned 2, he began to trip correctly his push bike and we might put him on a seat on the entrance of the bike, to actually share the stoke. Imagine me, we by no means pushed him, and he shortly have been asking us for a trip.

Push bike time

He doesn’t have to inform us twice and it’s nearly day by day that we convey him within the mountain for an hour within the wooden with a mixture of him driving his bike and a few singletrails seated on his Macride(the seat on our bike). Fortunately we’ve got a pleasant e-bike that actually assist us to make this trip simpler and every thing extra accessible as a result of, with these further 13kg, it could be a mission with out the help.

Entrance seat views are higher

One downside solved, daily at house with a child shouldn’t be that dangerous, however what about holidays.

For this yr we picked Val Di Fassa within the dolomites, a spot that all the time fascinate us for its distinctive peaks, the infinite valley, breathtaking views and Italian way of life.
We began our stick with some trip on the cycle path alongside the Avisio river the place Emil, our son might trip his bike with us both on the tarmac, within the abilities parks or pumptrack we might discover on the way in which with out forgetting a cease or 2 on some playground. There may be not solely bike in our life…

A day within the valley

Listening to the advice of the tourism workplace we made a go to to Fuchiade space with the trailer on some straightforward gravel street, examine some lake and farmer life on distant locations. Donkeys, cows, goats and sheep throughout for a mellow day with an actual style of holidays.

Did you say scenic

Mellow day to heat up

Then because the climate was nice Val Duron was a must-do for us, it has a steeper entry however when you attain the plateau, you’re misplaced on this valley with large rock formation round, some sharp peaks grassy subject, few farmers hut and a pleasant waterfall.

Getting near the wildlife

Correct vacationer

For us, our bike is a device to succeed in good locations in concord with nature, get to find issues you possibly can’t attain simply by automotive or too far to get by foot, but additionally have this enjoyable and technical side that fulfill our adrenaline and problem want. These bikes, and particularly now Ebike, permits us to think about some adventures and get to share this safely with our son, it for certain modified our approach of designing our holidays and nearly day by day life as dad and mom.

Somebody was asking for good downhill

The very best of it’s that now, he’s requesting some trip and ask to go outdoors. For us, that is the nicest issues he might ask us, and we’re all the time eager to help his calls for.

All of the household is having an excellent time

So, when he instructed us that he didn’t need to trip Gravel street anymore and that he was in search of some Soar and berms, it was arduous to say no. We checked out some Inexperienced and flowy path on the Val Di Fassa Bike park to make him pleased.

What a spot to trip

What a pleasure to trip with him in and listening to him laughing when you are additionally having fun with the trip for actual. On a private standpoint, these feeling match the one you get if you clear probably the most technical trails or if you obtain considered one of your aim in your racing profession.

Circulate path

However don’t neglect {that a} 2 years outdated child additionally have to relaxation, sleep lengthy night time and get a nap within the afternoon. Which permits us to go one on the time on a personal trip, the place you possibly can push the boundaries and dwell your personal second within the wild. We set turns and both early morning for a dawn or when he goes to refuel the battery.

Pauline’s flip

Time for some single trip

To get to some distant locations


Individuals might imagine that we’re loopy, however I can inform that I by no means weight as a lot the results of every of my determination. Falling shouldn’t be an possibility and I all the time take into consideration his security on quick phrases but additionally influence on his future well being. It’s not since you see somebody doing one thing with a child that you need to do the identical. Individuals have completely different abilities ranges and youngsters have completely different evolution timeline. It’s not a race or about doing the craziest factor to impress the world however to create shared happiness in your consolation zone.

This smile says all of it

So, pondering again of what folks instructed me 2 years in the past, in all probability in a kidding approach, I can positively say that having children doesn’t wreck your life, and even much less your driving alternatives. There may be some change for certain but additionally numerous new experiences that make life all the time as gratifying, if not much more.


Earlier than you’re doing it for your self primarily however now you even have this educating and studying side that create one other sense of feat and I don’t converse of the stoke you’re feeling if you see your little one smiling and asking for extra. There may be many alternatives and good issues to do collectively and that is what life is all about.

This smile says all of it

Pictures by Ale Di Lullo, Video by Maxime Moulin


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