Jonathan Hershberger

What I Love:

I love reading, cycling, travel, good food, wine, chocolate, and sharing experiences with others. The best way to get to know new areas and people is on a bike.

Riding with TT Since:

2005

Trek Travel Role:

Guide

My Favorite Ride:

Cycling from Auberge Edelweiss (La Grave, France) to the Col du Lauterat & Col du Galibier is by far my favorite one to two hour ride just before sunset. As you wind your way up the D1091, the ribbon of the road emerges below you. The village of La Grave peaks out from around the corners reminding you of where you departed. Looking forward, the sun glistens on the peaks of the Dauphine Alps calling you to cycle up and on. Upon reaching the summit of the Col du Lauterat, you can either descend back to La Grave on a stunning 5% descent with sweeping bends, or you can continue up the final 9km to the Col du Galibier, which is the 8th highest paved road in the Alps. The road is narrow, with stunning views, breathtaking switchbacks, and paint on the road from previous Tour de France's encouraging you to continue the journey. The final 1km is by far the toughest where the gradient picks up from the average of 7% to just over 11%... The pain in the legs is worth it as you cross the line of the Summit. The views from the Col du Galibier on a clear day are stunning, and sometimes one is able to see Mount Blanc. After a quick photo, and taking a moment to regain your breath, one needs to put on their windbreaker for an amazing descent back to Auberge Edelweiss where good food, a beer, and great friends await...

My Rides:

Madone SLR, Checkpoint SL, Top Fuel, Farley, and a Speed Concept

Nickname:

Hershy

Education:

BA - Sociology & Urban Studies, Malone University

Current Home:

Aspen, Colorado

Languages:

English, French, Croatian, Dutch, Italian,Spanish, and a few phrases in a dozen languages

In My Previous Life:

Student, Soccer Coach, Snowboard & Ski Instructor, Traveler