It’s no secret that cycling is one of my greatest passions. Most of the guys I know who are into cycling are also into fast cars and motorcycles, racing’s racing. But there’s just something about the wind in your hair, being able to adjust aerodynamics via body position and your body being the motor.

The Tour de Suisse is a grueling stage race and is often seen as a lead up to the Tour de France. Here’s what it’s like to be right in the thick of it weaving your way through the peloton at nearly 40 mph with nothing between you and the road other than some thin lycra and a helmet, the weight of which is measured in grams. Although most of us will never experience pro tour riding, for those of us that venture into racing, even if it’s the messy Cat 5’s, it’s pretty damn close to being there.