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Founder and CEO of Epic Climbs and, as such, on a very special mission - with his inimitable style he motivates his flock to perform great deeds in the saddle. Sometimes does great things in the evening programme, too!
After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!
On the ramps and hills of Franconia, Tobsi holds the impressive form that usually ensures that you only see his tail lights, even in the fast group. Nonetheless, with his Fraconian good nature and empathy, he never leaves anyone behind if he sees they're fading.
Our guy from the Rhön now has his training base in: Granada and the Sierra Nevada. As our cultural attaché to Andalucia, he knows the tapas by their first name. Motivated and passionate. Devout believer in wearing white socks.
Having our favourite guide name, he was pre-destined to work for Epic Climbs. When he's not exploring the Dolomites, the Cevennen or somewhere in-between on his bike, you'll find him in his village on Lake Constance.
Robert is the strongest cyclist in the Epic Climbs squad. His trophy cabinet is packed - including two for winning the Race Across The Alps, and he's the current world record holder for most elevation gain in 24 hours. And just a quiet, feet-on-the-ground sort of guy. A rich addition to any Epic Climbs trip.
Got the luck of the draw in Epic Climbs' 2012 travel survey. Peter came out of the hat first. So the Kid won a trip to Liguria to close the season, something which, as a student, he couldn't otherwise afford. A win-win situation, because he also had guide potential and was keen to do the job. He was quickly hired, of course, and now our team of guides and helpers wouldn't be the same without him.
Erich did his greatest service for Epic Climbs back in 1980, when he began creating our fastest guide.
Famous as a top luggage driver on the Tour of Germany, and never slow to offer a strong opinion.
Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.
Being a real Dortmund lad and a Chamber of Commerce-certified beer ambassador, he might be waiting for you at the pass with a refreshing mountaintop beer. In 2016 Thomas made a successful début driving the support vehicle on a Pyrenean double feature, and he is always ready to hear what you want or need, and he'll do his best to get it for you.
Robby is a loyal Epic Climber of the first order and, when he passed his guiding debut on the Berlin-Vienna with flying colours, he had tasted blood. With his almost-original Berlin gob and his inimitable mechanic's skills, he's a top addition to any trip.
Volker has been an ever-present on the Epic Climbs Tour of Germany since 2010. This fire-fighter is at his best when he can fully exploit his talent for improvisation, whether by warming up groups of drenched cyclists with patio heaters, erecting a makeshift tent in the support vehicle, or ..... He guarantees smooth logistics and a great atmosphere on the team.
Drinks coffee too, not just tea, and enjoys long climbs, which unfortunately don't exist in the Vogelsberg area where he comes from. So he enjoys the Alps even more. In the French Alps he knows just about every peak by name, and often knows far more than the tour leader.
Alex was taken on board late in 2011 as an adviser for the Erz Mountains stage of the 2012 Tour of Germany. Before that had even taken place, the route for the 2013 Tour of the Ore was decided. Loyal to his local region, he knows the Ore Mountains better than almost anyone.
As Coach to a cycle racing team, Torsten spends many miles in the support vehicle. But anyone who thinks that this makes him a pushover on the bike will discover otherwise on a climb or into the wind.
Grand Tour-Veteran, und meist in der ersten Reihe eines Verbandes in perfekter Zweierreihe zu finden.
Veteran touring cyclist who is at home on the mountain passes of the Alps. Incredibly tough, and prefers to take the wind at the front rather than suck rear wheel. His home and training base is South Baden.
Came to Epic Climbs in 2009 after the first Tour of Germany, and has been a guide since 2010. You'll never get him worked up. After a brief, short-haired interlude he's got his neck-carpet back again.
... liebt es mit dem WoMo aus seiner Heimat im Salzburger Land zum Fuß hoher Pässe zu fahren um diese im entspannten Tempo zu erklimmen. Zuletzt geschah dies vermehrt im Westen der Alpen. Gerhard ist gefragter Windschattengeber und gab 2017 in den Vogesen sein Guide-Debut.
In triathlons, Peter's best discipline is the bike. Besides his local slopes in the Rhineland's Seven Hills area, he loves the Alps and the Sierra Nevada.
Enjoys going to work at 6 in the morning in the winter almost as much as pedalling up and down mountains. Inspired by fellow flatlander Jörg and a massive Epic Climbs fan.
Since Klaus moved to Lago Maggiore for family reasons, he's been unstoppable on the bike. On his first Epic Climbs trip as a guide, he's definitely far more than a linguistic support for the team.
Oliver likes riding tandems and recumbents, too, but on our trips he regularly demonstrates that he knows his way around a road bike, too. Unofficial world record holder in speed tyre changing; he puts his mechanical skills to good use as boss of hpv-parts.de.
Gerold's normally to be found somewhere on cross-country skis or hanging from a climbing rope. But when there's no snow around, his road and mountain bikes get the pleasure of breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Grew up in Hesse-Siberia, south-east of Kassel. But has lived happily in the Rhineland for 25 years. Motto: ride and let ride. He himself always rides with a little girl's gearing (the big chainring) on the flat stages. Enjoys long climbs, but not flies (which always bother him on the slopes in the summer).
Demonstrated beer guide skills as a member of the legendary group on the Flensburg-Garmisch, and was cast as a guide as a result. His usual training area is the Rhineland, but he knows his way around Andalucia too.
With his sunny disposition and laid-back Upper Bavarian nature, he's not easily upset. 2016 Guide Discovery of the Year.
Gereon loves the scenery and cuisine of his own, Mosel region near Trier. And he's trying to infect us with the same passion. Into tough workouts and the dolce vita. But he also enjoys riding in the Pyrenees and Provence.