Inside the life of a biking, skiing, climbing, kitesurfing, wine-drinking, pasta-loving VBT trip leader.
Elena isn’t in a rush. She sits inside her summer home—a Volkswagen California camper van—on the beach in Tuscany as she prepares to go kitesurfing. Wearing blue jeans and a faded green T-shirt, she radiates positivity as she puts a pair of sunglasses atop her silver-streaked, wind-curled hair. Speaking with an Italian accent that exemplifies her local roots, she recalls her first memory of biking: “I was a little girl, and I just remember grabbing a wrench and taking off my training wheels.” It sums up her life today—as she spends winters in the mountains of France skiing and summers by the sea in Italy biking.