Linda Jacobsson and her husband Marcus Svensson spent six months travelling around Europe with Julia, their six-month old baby, visiting cycling’s most famous spots
Words: India Paine
Photos: Linda Jacobsson
The Stelvio Pass, Passo Giau, Col du Joly, Mont Ventoux, Col d’Izoard, Passo Stalle, and Furkelpass – these are all mountain passes that thousands of cyclists dream of conquering in their lifetime. For most, only a few will be checked off their list. Yet, at less than a year old, Julia Jacobsson has already conquered these iconic climbs. Her parents have cycled over 6,000 kilometres and ascended 10,000 metres in elevation over the past six months, with Julia in tow in a specially designed trolley attached to their bikes.
“We spent five weeks in Gran Canaria in February. Then we went back home to pack the car in March, where we then went to Croatia, Italy, mostly in the Dolomites and northern Italy, Switzerland and now France,” Linda Jacobsson, Julia’s mother, told Rouleur from the Annecy Tourist Centre near the end of her trip.
Linda and her partner Marcus Svensson are both from Sweden, and therefore, fortunate enough to benefit from the country’s generous childcare policy that grants fathers the same opportunity as mothers to take a full year off work to spend with their child. Seizing this chance, they decided to embark on a family adventure during the latter half of the year. “We won’t be able to do an adventure like this when she starts kindergarten, so we tried to make the […]