Meet Dale and Claude
In 2019 we welcomed Claude Perzo and Dale Nottingham on board with Velo Vietnam. Read on to learn more, including which one rode neo pro for Renault Gitane and which rides 500km days around Saigon for fun.
Claude has been in Vietnam for as long as any rider here can remember. Something of a local legend, he can often be seen riding in his Le Beau Velo kit from his home region of Marseilles, but he has also worn the colours of a pro team back in France… Claude was a neopro for Renault Gitane in 1982. Today he also rides for Hanoi based team, T2 Cycling Open.
Those who join our tours need not worry however, Claude is as happy knocking out days at 30kph as he is smashing everyone on Strava KOMs. He loves a long easy ride, but he has also been massively improving his PBs on local climbs these last two years, inspiring many around him.
With a deep affection for Vietnam, he speaks good Vietnamese, English and, of course, excellent French.
One of the most universally liked riders we know, Dale has a passion for riding a very, very long way…. 500km around Saigon anyone…?
Consumed for years by what he describes as ‘the humbling and beautiful sport of cycling’, Dale has experienced the pain and the pleasure of riding in the Italy, Cyprus, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Mallorca, England, Wales and “perhaps most memorably of all, the breathtaking mountains and coastal roads of Vietnam.”
Outside Vietnam, Dale’s all time favourite is the Dolomites where he rode what he ranks as the hardest climb of his life, the Monte Zoncolan. However, for sheer adventure, raw beauty and cultural discovery, he says the mountains of Ha Giang and Lao Cai provinces in Northern Vietnam are hard to beat.
A speaker of French, Spanish, English and some Vietnamese, Dale is deeply in love with Vietnam and the riding here and few things make him happier than riding with others who feel the same way.
Dale has been based in Saigon for six years and came on one of the very first Velo Vietnam recon rides back in the day.