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Thursday, August 13, 2015

2016 Tour Preview

What's on YOUR plate for 2016?

We've just sent out our official requests to hotel and ristorante partners for next year and are eagerly awaiting confirmation. NOTHING is confirmed at present but here's what we've asked for and hope to confirm by September 1, 2015 when we'll begin taking reservations for guided tours. Hang in there, the time will go quickly!

More Monferrato June 1-7, 2016
Taste of Tuscany June 9-16, 2016
Paradise in Piedmont June 18-26
Vineyards to the Sea June 26-July 4, 2016
Grandi Alpi July 4-10, 2016
Legendary Climbs July 10-21, 2016

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Gorgeous, no? See more here.

But then again....Larry sort of already has one.

Meanwhile we're working on 2016's tours.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Legendary Climbs 2015 Edizione Speciale Part 3

Still catching up....

Above: Steve on the bike trail above Merano...pretty steep for a bike path!!!

Today was the Passo Stelvio, a huge goal for most of our clients. Congratulations to Dan, Steve, Mike, Gena and Susan who all made it to the top!! Above you see Larry getting ready to tackle the final switchbacks. He can't even count how many times he's ridden up this monster but it seems to take longer every time!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Legendary Climbs 2015 Edizione Speciale Part 2

Catching up with the blog....

Above: Dan does doppio dolci atop Passo Fedaia. The last two days have  been much cooler than two weeks ago!!!

Above: Our little group poses for the traditional photo on Passo Pordoi in front of the Coppi Memorial. (l-r Dan, Susan, Steve, Mike, Gena and Heather)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Legendary Climbs 2015 Edizione Speciale

Susan, Steve, Mike and Gena asked for a special edition of our Legendary Climbs of the Giro tour and we were happy to oblige. When their numbers didn't quite fill the tour we were able to add Dan to the group. Last night we were treated to music at Hotel Putia, as you can see below. Thanks Edith, Enzo and Mamma!


We'll try to have some photos of PEDALA FORTE, MANGIA BENE soon!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CycleItalia - Outside "Best of Travel 2015"

We're happy to have been selected by OUTSIDE Magazine for inclusion in their "Best of Travel 2015" feature. Read more HERE.

Our 2016 tour schedule will be available in September 2015. Don't miss out!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Legendary Climbs 2015 Part 3 - Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia...oh my!

Italy continues to suffer through a nasty heat wave, making our tour in the mountains the place to be!

Above you see the famous switchbacks of the Passo Stelvio.

Above, Brent contemplates what's ahead of him on the famous climb.

Heather shows her respect for Il Pirata, Marco Pantani at his memorial on the Passo Mortirolo.

Jen realizes one of her cycling dreams by reaching the summit of the infamous Mortirolo...

...and celebrates with chocolate cake soon afterwards. Fuel for the Passo Gavia of course!

And even Larry got his fat, out-of-shape a__ out there on the Passo Gavia, though not for the entire climb. Both he and Heather are still way short of form after a winter in the chaos of Rome and other obligations. But we're trying just the same!!!

Jeff poses atop the Passo Gavia. Today was one of the clearest (and warmest) days we've seen up here.

Tonight we'll enjoy a dinner of Valtellina specialties then wind up the tour with a ride along Lake Como and climb to Madonna del Ghisallo tomorrow.