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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CycleItalia and La Corsa Rosa 2015

While we will NOT be offering a Giro d'Italia race-viewing tour in 2015, the big news is the 2015 Corsa Rosa will be covering some of "our" routes, starting with the team time trial along the Riviera dei Fiori, the bike path or pista ciclabile that we enjoy on the final day of our Primavera tour. The following day they'll cover some of the famous Milano-Sanremo route in the reverse direction, a route we also feature (in the proper direction) during La Primavera. Join us June 22-29, 2015 and enjoy it for yourself.

The Giro completes its visit to the region of Liguria passing through the Cinque Terre on their way to La Spezia, a route featured on our Vineyards to the Sea tour, June 14-23, 2015. You could even combine both of these for a super dose of pedala forte, mangia bene and Giro history! 

Now we wait to see how many of the Legendary Climbs of the Giro d'Italia match up with the 2015 Corsa Rosa route.

Don't forget - we'll start taking reservations for 2015 guided tours on September 1, 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2015 Season Preview

 (Sunset on the Villa Sparina terrace)

While the sun has set (pun intended) on our 2014 season, we're busy with plans for 2015. Heather's academic exploits will require us to offer a more compact season and below you'll find the tours and dates for 2015. 

Note: these are tentative at present and here only to help you make plans for your vacation next summer. We'll have confirmed dates, prices, etc. in the next La Gazzetta dello CycleItalia, which should be in your email box by the end of August. Reservations will be taken beginning September 1, 2014 and all guided tours are strictly limited to just seven participants. Reservations accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

More Monferrato June 1-7, 2015
Best of Piedmont June 8-15, 2015
Vineyards to the Sea June 14-23, 2015
La Primavera June 22-29, 2015
Grandi Alpi June 29-July 5, 2015
Legendary Climbs of the Giro July 5-16, 2015

Monday, July 21, 2014

A bit of philosophy

We get asked a lot why we continue to ride custom-made (by Antonio Mondonico) all steel bicycles. There are many reasons.  Here's Aldo's philosophy on the matter, with which we agree totally.

If you've been around cycling awhile, this photo should bring back memories of the old Brooklyn cycling team. GIOS was their bike supplier back-in-the-day and Aldo and Marco have kept the torches burning ever since, despite a fracture in the relationship with brother Alfredo, who ended up with world-wide rights to put the venerable name on products made elsewhere (Where? You get three guesses and the first two don't count).

With this new project these wonderful bicycles can be sold outside of Italy for the first time in years. If you are interested in a new bicycle, this might be the one for you

We'll  hope to see Aldo and Marco later this year at l'Eroica in Tuscany where our friend Maynard Hershon will be riding a vintage GIOS in the event.

Buon lavoro ragazzi!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Legendary Climbs 2014 - Finale

The sun did come back for us by the end of our tour as you can see above as Lyle nears the haunting Pantani memorial on Passo Mortirolo.

The hard-core folks continued on to Passo Gavia while some smart ones (pictured above) opted to tackle only the Gavia on this day. They seem pretty happy with their choice!

Our tour concluded with the traditional ride along the lake and ferry ride to Bellagio. Above "Gianni" sums up his experience while waiting for the ferry in Varenna. Looks like a happy, satisfied client to us!

Thanks to all who joined us. Next year's tour might sell out as fast as this years so make your plans now and be ready to reserve your place(s) early in September so you don't miss out.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Legendary Climbs 2014 Part Two

It hasn't been raining ALL the time! Above the group (l-r: Lyle, John, Andrew, Gena, Sandy, Heather, Russ and Scott) poses in Corvara before our ride over Campolongo, Pordoi and Costalungo.

Here they pose in front of the Fausto Coppi monument atop the Passo Pordoi, all in the CycleItalia kit. BRAVI!

And Larry? Well, he's been avoiding the rain for the most part and spending time (too much) in the van, but he got his fat a__ out there for the legendary Passo Stelvio today. Here you see him taking a Coke (only for medicinal purposes) about 2/3 of the way up. Soon after the skies opened up (again) with rain and sleet..but when you're just a few kilometers from the top of an epic climb, why not tough it out? After all, you're already wet and cold! The sun returned once we all reached the top, but most had changed out of soaking clothes, grabbed the traditional sizzling salsiccia of the Stelvio and put their bikes on the we skipped the technical descent and arrived in Bormio with plenty of time to watch LeTour on TV. 

Sad that now Il Pistolero has crashed out to join Froome as big challengers to fizzle out - but part of bike racing IS staying on your bike after all. Vai Nibali!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Legendary Climbs 2014 Part One

Greetings from where God takes His vacations! Above: Passo Giau from the summit.

We've been challenged by the same rainy weather you've seen on TV if you've been watching Le Tour de France. But we're still smiling while trying to stay dry and warm.

The group suits up for the big loop over Campolongo, Fedaia, Sella, Gardena and of course "Passo Panorama" which might be the steepest climb on the tour, though it's less than a kilometer in length.

No matter how steep the climb, if you have the right gearing and attitude, it's a great experience.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Grandi Alpi 2014 Part Two

Lights, camera LASAGNE!

Don & Cindy enjoy the climb to Cervinia

Beth and Guido enjoy a romantic moment before the St. Pantaleon climb

Antonio enjoys the final climb of the Grandi Alpi tour for 2014.

Mille Grazie to Guido, Beth, Don, Cindy and Antonio for a great week!

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