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Cycling's quiet "Hard Man" Svein Tuft is recently retired. But it sounds like he's still making moves. The Andorra resident is reportedly starting a bike shop in Santa Coloma on the main road leading into Andorra. The shop will provide gravel ride excursions around Catalunya's lower elevation Garrotxa mountains in the spring, and then through the higher elevation Pyrenees in the summer.
"I know this area like the back of my hand," said Tuft. "There's everything. A lot of parkland, so there's no development at all. There's some immaculate gravel roads, some big crazy climbs, and lots of switchbacks. I'm still fascinated by all of this terrain."
Tuft's gravel tours will lead gravel riders through Spain, Andorra, and France. And who better to lead you through those rugged mountains than the former world tour pro who would wander through the trees barefoot while meditating before every morning's Tour De France stage?