The Maritime Alps have produced some of the best racers in the world - but that’s not why we’re here. The region’s rough and unforgiving tracks have always demanded focus from riders, whether there’s a clock running in the background or not. The local culture of competition and desire to reach the top step of the podium has been a driving reason to ride mountain bikes here, but not for Tito Tomasi. We're here for the massive rides, endless descents, and promise of adventure.
Tito grew up in Nice and saw the surrounding hiking trails and routes in the mountains of Provence as an opportunity to explore. He honed his riding skills along cobbled hiking paths and troughed out singletrack, and developed a sensational drive to see more and more from behind the handlebars of his bike, pushing elevation gain and distance limits to the extreme. Tito's gone from exploring his backyard along the Côte d’Azure to riding in nearly every corner of the world, and has done so for no reason other than he loves riding mountain bikes.
Despite his weathered and heavily stamped passport, Thomas had never been to the South of France. His travels as a professional freerider has brought him from his home on Vancouver’s North Shore across the United States, and over to Japan, South America, Costa Rica, Australia, and many more. Thomas was in the Swiss Alps last fall riding the high alpine singletrack in the canton of Graubünden, and despite being a part of the same mountain range, the hanging glaciers and massive relief in Switzerland was a stark contrast from what he'd encounter in the Southern Alps of the French Riviera.