A DJ by night turned charity cyclist by day, Tom Alemanno and his team, which includes fellow cycling enthusiast, singer and Eurovision star Sebalter, have set out from their home town of Lugano on June 18 and will ride until the end of their tour on July 8th. As proud supporters of the initiative, we were lucky to have Tom agree to hop down from the bike and drop by the On office as he passed through Zurich, to talk a little more about his motivations and the ride so far.
First off, Tom, thanks for stopping by. Now that you have found your stride, how has it been so far?
So we started in Lugano and those first few stages were hard to say the least. We had some Alps and tough inclines like the San Bernadino and Albula Passes (elevation of 2066 m and 2315m respectively). Before coming to Zurich we had Luzern to Olten and I’m happy as my body is going well and the legs so at this point, still ready for the rest of the tour.
What inspired this all – the whole journey around Switzerland?
Like Steve Jobs always said “connect the dots”. For me, that’s bringing together people and music and sport. Putting them all together I created this project to help others through the Green Hope Foundation. My big goal is to just let people know about it all, and I mean, even though I’m “just” riding a bicycle, it’s all for awareness of Green Hope.
How did you prepare for this all?
I started thinking about the project last year, and so all through winter I worked out preparing at the gym. From there, once the weather turned better, I have been cycling outdoors so yeah, many months of training to get here!