Sunday, June 25, 2017

Paradise in Piedmont 2017 Finale

Paradise in Piedmont 2017 - Finale

Above: Steve poses with his new bike - ordered, built up and delivered during this tour!

Uncle Larry grinds away, dreaming of the descent sure to follow....

Mark found the riding a lot tougher than he imagined, but he was up for the challenge.

Thanks to Steve, Jim and Mark for joining us!

We'll spend a few days getting for Vineyards to the Sea.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Paradise in Piedmont 2017

Paradise in Piedmont 2017

Whew! Too much fun to have time to create blog posts...but we're getting caught up but the fun never stops. Above you see our little group posing with Piero Coppi at the tombs of his famous cousins.

Each year we make a pilgrimage to this special place.

And then we ride off into the Langhe hills....

....up, up up, then down to Cortemilia. Tomorrow we'll climb to the highest point in the Langhe.

Yesterday Marco Gios personally delivered Steve's new bicycle! Above you see them dialing in the fit. Next season we'll offer a chance to visit the home of the famous blue bicycles so you can get your own. A trip to Favaloro is in the works as well if artisan carbon-fiber is your thing. Bikes 100% Made-in-Italy are truly special!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CycleItalia 2017 Support Van

CycleItalia Support Van 2017

We're proud of the reputation of our on-road support. A seat for every client in a van equipped with pretty much everything you need from tools, workstand, spare parts and pump to water and snacks.

The van also give us a chance to display the logos of our official suppliers and partners on what ends up being a sort of mobile billboard.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sublime Sicily 2017 Finale

Whew! We've been busy we're late on the final installment for Sublime Sicily 2017. 

 Group dinner at A' Cunziria. This cave was carved out back in the Iron Age!

Our group tastes chocolate in Modica.

Group dinner at Osteria dei Sapori Perduti in Modica.

A pause for pranzo by the sea.

 Yes, there WAS plenty of cycling to go with all the eating and drinking! Larry and Steve get ready.

Steve climbs above the sea.

The group poses at La Corte del Sole.

We completed our tour with a boat ride across the Porto Grande to Ortigia.

We had a great time! Thanks to Steve, Frank, Dee, Ann, Kim and Craig for joining us and to Giuseppe (1 and 2) and Iris for all of their help! Let us know if you're interested in this tour for 2018 as our schedule is going together quickly.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sublime Sicily 2017


Our 2017 tour season begins! Sublime Sicily is our first guided tour on the island and the first time we've worked with a partner for the logistics. Ciclofree has been operating down there for many years and Giuseppe was interested in the US market and we were interested in a tour where the support van and bikes were supplied by a local operation so we could make this a "flyaway" program for us.

Above you see Dee riding out of Monterossa on our way to Modica.

Larry rounds a bend

Our group heads down to the sea from Modica

Giuseppe tells about the night he spent in the B&B in the background, used as the home of fictional detective Montalbano. It's a LOT more peaceful around here when "Salvo" comes home to find what Adelina has left for him to eat!

It's not Sicily without granite!!! Think of a "Kwik-E-Mart Squishie" made with the best ingredients - like the best lemons on earth?  Steve and Kim seem to enjoy them. Might be the perfect refreshment on a warm day!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Great piece about SILCA!

Regular blog readers know we're far from big fans of RAPHA, but that's another story. Whether you love or hate them, check out this great piece about our friends at SILCA.

Click HERE  to read it

Disclaimer: Silca is an official supplier to CycleItalia

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Greetings from Siracusa (Sicily)

A view of the island of Ortigia from across the Porto Grande. Our Sublime Sicily guided tour begins soon and this tiny island is the start and end point.

Below's a link to a cute video about life on Ortigia. 

Click HERE

Buon divertimento!