Dolomites cycling tour

Alter Exploration crafts challenging, custom cycling and trail running trips that create opportunities for both physical and psychological growth.

At the end of each day, we hope you will be preoccupied as much by the transformative experience as by the satisfaction of exhaustion.

We have a passionate love for the natural world, particularly for beautiful and fragile landscapes that need protection. We love challenging, human-powered endeavors that require practice and mastery.

Our appetite for adventure—we define this as any journey that changes you for the better—and our belief that less is more, drives our philosophy.

When you journey with Alter Exploration, you will have:

  • A safe and supportive environment for physical and psychological transformation
  • Opportunities to hone humility through challenge
  • The freedom to test your limits while respecting your absolutes

Alter Exploration is a creation of Chris Case, a lifelong competitive endurance athlete, journalist, and adventurer, who has spent his life creating opportunities to explore the world.

Meet the Creator, Chris Case

Chris Case with Mosaic GT-1X

Adventure Experience

Chris Case is well known for performing and documenting his transformative cycling challenges. As managing editor of VeloNews magazine, a position he held from 2012-2020, he regularly created and completed adventurous and sometimes tortuous endeavors. In fact, he wrote a VeloNews column entitled “A Case for Suffering.”

Then, as cofounder of Fast Talk Labs, an endurance sports knowledge base and virtual performance center, Chris used his personal challenges to help teach others how to improve their performances on the bike. This included circumnavigating Iceland on gravel roads.

His cycling pursuits have taken him around the world, to destinations throughout the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Israel, and beyond. He has stood on the podium at several cyclocross national championships, and is a silver medalist at master’s cyclocross worlds.

Now, through Alter Exploration, Chris wants to guide you on similarly transformative adventures—to take you to places you never thought possible, and to do it safely. He is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder.

He has a mantra that guides his adventurous philosophy: “I may not always know where I’m going, but I know exactly how to get there.” His guiding technique comprises equal parts art and psychology. His goal is to help you understand that adventure, adversity, and the unexpected should be embraced—because that’s when transformation takes place.

Professional Experience

Chris is a lifelong endurance athlete with a diverse academic and professional background: He has degrees and research experience in neuroscience and clinical psychology, a master’s degree in journalism and photography, and has decades of professional experience in media, as well as the cycling and travel industries.

Chris is the author of The Haywire Heart, the first book to delve into the relationship between long-term endurance athletics and heart health.

In 2023, Chris joined the Board of Directors of Bikepacking Roots, a non-profit organization which supports and advances bikepacking, the growth of a diverse bikepacking community, and access to and the conservation of the landscapes and public lands through which bikepackers ride.


Alter Exploration is proudly supported by the following brands:

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