An Alpine Home Base

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - SWITZERLAN­D -

I teased Si­mone Fagetti soon af­ter I got into his car. He had two Swiss Army knives in a cup holder. Is that some­thing all Swiss guys did? The di­rec­tor at Sust Lodge ( shak­er­maker-group.ch/sust) was do­ing me a huge favour by giv­ing me a lift to Imholz Sport in An­der­matt so I could get a new tire. On my first ride, just a lit­tle shake­out to man­age the jet­lag, I sliced my tread. (At least I got the req­ui­site me­chan­i­cal of the trip out of the way early.) Dur­ing our drive, Fagetti told me more about his ho­tel, my group’s home base for our rides in the Alps.

The Sust Lodge had only been op­er­at­ing in its cur­rent form for about two months. The build­ing had been a bike ho­tel be­fore, and even fur­ther back, a bar­racks. Now, it’s set up for road­ies and moun­tain bik­ers. They can store their rides in the bike room, make re­pairs with the tools on-site, and dine, lounge and drink in the com­fort­able com­mon area. It’s a ver­sa­tile space, much like a cer­tain pocket knife.

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