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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!
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.
His training terrain is Franconian Switzerland with its notorious ramps, but he also enjoys the long climbs in the Alps. Always talking and almost never knackered. His one big weakness: pastries.
Uli's natural habitat, both at work and on the bike, is the slopes, especially wherever wine and culture flourish. As Epic Climbs' official sommelier, he's a great addition to any table, too.
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.
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.
A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.
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 a veteran of the Flensburg-Garmisch and Garmisch-Florence, Ricarda never missed an opportunity to swim in a lake. Now she's shaping up to be the Guide Discovery of 2017. How to recognise her: pink fingernails.
Marcel is Senior Editor at Epic Climbs and an artist on ascents, so you'll usually find him on the steep dirt trails of his native Hohenlohe or South Limburg in the Netherlands. He knows his way around the Ardennes like nobody.
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.
Mit über 20-jähriger Trainer-Erfahrung, Hochleistungssport und Sportausbildung ist das Urteil eigentlich klar: überqualifiziert! Da man ihm nachsagt, auch in den entlegensten Ecken noch die urigsten Lokale zu finden, passt er voll und ganz in quäldich-Team.
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.
... loves taking his mobile home from his native Salzburg area to the foot of the high passes and ride them at a relaxed pace. Recently he's mainly been doing this in the Western Alps. In demand as a windbreak, Gerhard made his guiding debut in the Vosges in 2017.
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).
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.
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.
Einst Domestike bei Banik Ostrava, bugsiert unser Mann von der Radstation unseren Transporter mit Futter und Gepäck durch jede noch so enge Granadiner Gasse. Gemeinsam mit Eule bildet er unser unzertrennliches und unschlagbares duo congeniale hinter dem Peloton.
Der Guide-Newcomer 2018 ist im „Ländle“ zuhause, meist findet man ihn den Albtrauf rauf und runter heizen, gerne auch mal mit dem Mountainbike. Nicht zuletzt aufgrund von chronischer guter Laune in den Ostalpen 2017 mit allerbesten Zensuren vom Team ausgestattet und somit folgerichtig als Guide gecastet.
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.
Leading the relaxed group, he takes the wind with stoic calm. A typically good-humoured Palatinate native with incredible endurance.
Deutschland-Rundfahrt-Veteran aus Dortmund; 2017 zum Guide promoviert. Motto: Am liebsten bergauf, bergab gehts von allein.
Nach seiner quäldich-Reise-Premiere bei den Pyrenäen-Geheimtipps so begeistert vom Team, dass er es gerne verstärken wollte. Verteilt seine Begeisterung gleichmäßig auf Radsport und Techno. Dabei technisch und stilistisch stets auf der Höhe. Pauls Motto: Hauptsache Farbe.
At home he «flies» over the Black Forest hills near Freiburg and enjoys a dip in any cold water. Also trains in the Vosges and the Jura. A terrific performer at evening meals!
Simon benefits from the superb South Baden training environment and gets his impressive form from the long Black Forest climbs.
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.