Jean-Philippe Soulé: A passion for people, travel, cultures, mountains and cycling.
"I particularly love riding in rural France: the low-traffic, winding roads, charming medieval villages and lofty mountains create endless cycling possibilities. Place after place has a unique landscape, character and culture and the locals are genuinely friendly, down-to-earth people. It's my land and I love to share it!"
Jean-Philippe is always delighted to share both his unquenchable passion for life and his expertise as a leader of expeditions to remote areas of our planet.
French by birth, he served in a commando unit in both mountain rescue and as an Alps mountain guide before leaving France to work in the US and then explore the distant corners of Asia and Latin America.
His attachment to the indigenous peoples he met there inspired him to found the Native Planet Non-Profit Organization, an NGO dedicated to their welfare, and the Native Planet Outdoor Club, its fund-raising arm in Seattle.
Jean-Philippe is a certified USA Cycling coach, as well as a France bicycle tour operator and cycling guide.
Jean-Philippe used to race track. On the road, he won the prologue of the 1996 Japan Amateur National Championship. Today, he trains in the Pyrenees and ride on all mountain regions of Europe and is always in quest of the world's best climbs and cycling routes. He and his wife Yumi also enjoy the toughest Gran-Fondo Cyclosportives with extreme distances and elevation such as Tour du Mont-Blanc, and Luchon-Bayonne.
Jean-Philippe led numerous mountain, jungle, ocean and cultural expeditions. His longest started in 1998 when he embarked on a three-and-half year sea kayak journey covering 3,000 miles paddling all Central America on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. His adventures were published in numerous media and followed by hundreds of schools in North America.
Off the bike, J-Philippe and Yumi also like to cross-country ski. They enjoy trekking with a particular enthusiasm for the Himalayas. They've traveled to many countries and wilderness environments doing photo documentaries. National Geographic, the United Nations and major publications published their photos.
Today, you can contact us to enjoy J-Phi's joie-de-vivre on tours that he designs, manages and leads through VéloTopo, the cycling branch of Native Planet Adventures.
Jean-Philippe personally designs all VéloTopo custom cycling itineraries.
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