Meet Sommet Cycling aka. Nick Frendo

April 13, 2018

I started working on trips a few years ago. At first I was attracted to life on the road thinking I would be spending all day, every day riding my bike in some of Europe’s most iconic locations. My first trip was the Maratona dles Dolomites, it doesn’t get more iconic than that. The Dolomites are special, jaw dropping beauty, some of the Giro’s most epic battlefields, the people are incredible and so warm, what more could you want. What I didn’t realise, I wouldn’t be riding at all, my role was driver, mechanic and general dogs body. Maybe I was naive, maybe mis-sold. Turns out it didn’t matter. It was in one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been and more importantly, I met some incredible people, who at the time were guests and soon to become firm friends.

I realised pretty quickly that guiding is about people as much as the places. The journey not the destination, how I deliver an experience or show them somewhere or something they would never have found on Strava or Google. It isn’t about the five star hotel or Michelin starred restaurants or how fast I can get them up and over a mountain, it’s local culture, food, knowledge and even that unexpected view around a corner. One of my favourite rides is Sant Hilari – Sasqueda reservoir in Girona. As you turn off the main road and head up a short sharp climb then drop down and the reservoir reveals itself, all of a sudden it stops people dead in their tracks, break out their phones and start taking loads of photos, always makes me smile.

People often send me a few emails before they arrive asking how hard the riding is, how should their bikes be set up and what gearing, sometimes a little intimidated if it’s their first big mountain trip, or first time they’ve ridden back to back hard days. Ensuring they go home with a sense of achievement, hopefully having learnt something new about a place or culture or even learnt that they can ride harder for longer and push themselves further than they first thought, is all part of the job. Creating these memories that last for people to share with their friends and family is the key to a great trip.

I’m passionate about bike stuff. I love talking about it, products, kit, brands, sharing my knowledge and beliefs, no doubt some misguided based on “The Rules”. The places I’ve been and the people I’ve been lucky enough to ride with. I can bore you to death while we’re riding or as I like to think, distract you from the challenge ahead.

All the above means many start off as guests but always leave as friends and that’s WHY I GUIDE.

See you on the road.

Nick Frendo aka. Sommet Cycling

Checkout some of the trips Sommet Cycling could take you on

Sommet CC Instagram 

Gallery:




Also in G!RO // TALK

G!RO’s Guide to Winter - Vol. 3 Winter Routes
G!RO’s Guide to Winter - Vol. 3 Winter Routes

November 16, 2020

In this volume, we’ll be looking at Winter Routes, following the success of our Local Loops page, we wanted to tailor some old favourites and throw out some new routes that are perfect for this time of year! We also take a look at how to plan the perfect winter route, which roads to pick and why.. We’ll provide links to our favourites for you to try yourself, simply hit the links below to find them on strava and download them to your GPS device (something we highly recommend when navigating new roads). So grab a brew and follow our top tips for picking the best routes this winter. 

Read More

G!RO's Guide to Winter - Vol. 2 How to prepare and care for your bike this winter!
G!RO's Guide to Winter - Vol. 2 How to prepare and care for your bike this winter!

October 28, 2020

With winter well and truly on the way, the lanes are filling with soggy water and salted roads are on the horizon. While winter can seem like a grim time to be outside on your bike, a few little changes can make a big difference to your riding experience, and keep you on two wheels until we see the sun again (probably sometime in July). Check out Head mechanic Danny's tips on preparing and caring for your bike throughout the winter months!

Read More

How to switch to wax lube for a cleaner chain and free watts!
How to switch to wax lube for a cleaner chain and free watts!

October 23, 2020

In this blog, Danny shares perhaps his most valuable advice learnt over the many years he's been working on bikes. One simple change that can save you time, mess and money for the rest of your cycling career. This is a MUST READ for all cyclists, whether you're a beginner or a veteran. This blogs worth a read and will certainly provide you with some highly useful knowledge for this winter and beyond! So grab a brew and have a read of Danny's trade secrets!

Read More