Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Man Pretends He is King of the World

Need to stay here all day waiting for a delivery man...but it's not really all-that-bad, as you can see.

Reservations are starting for Piedmont Cycling Resort for 2020 so it's not too early to start planning for cycling through vineyards in the sun.

Click HERE to start.

On the bicycle side of things, here's a great piece from our friends at BikeRaceInfo, click HERE

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Race of the Falling Leaves 2019


Saturday's the day! Click HERE to find out how you can see the race and click HERE for an excellent piece about the fall races in Italy.

You can read about our visit to this Monument of Cycling HERE.

Vai Nibali!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Reign of the "Kite-Men"?

The Reign of the "Kite-Men"?

Click HERE to read Zio Lorenzo's take on the current state of pro cycling's Grand Tours.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Summer's end in Sicily

Summer's end in Sicily

Summer's winding down and the tourist crowds are (slowly) waning here in Siracusa.

Soon we'll "get our island back" as those who live here like to say. We hope to get the keys to our house next week so we can say that too.

It's not too early to think about Piedmont Cycling Resort 2020. Once we have a better idea of your interest we'll decide on the opening and closing dates.

If you can't wait to come over until May 2020, contact us about cycling here in Sicily as the weather here is just getting better as the heat of the summer subsides.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Gelled Out?


What did bike riders eat back-in-the-day? You know, before those bars were invented? When they first came out three decades ago, some of us thought, "Cool, a sort-of banana you can throw in your pocket that never goes bad or gets smashed." They even came in banana flavor!

But they tasted like....well....not very good, no matter what flavor they made 'em in. There was a berry-flavored one that smart-asses used to unwrap and stick in their mouth like a giant tongue or the chocolate one about which they'd ponder - "Should I eat this or just put it directly into the toilet and skip the middle-man?"

Soon there were bars to eat before your ride, others to eat during your ride and still more to eat after your ride. If you followed these rules cycling could start to be a very expensive sport compared to the days of bananas and cheap manufactured snacks like the infamous Little Debbie Cake.

Next up of course were gels. No chewing needed, just yank off the end and squirt the stuff down your throat. Nothing new there really as Ambrosio has been marketing honey (see above photo) in an instant dose packet for decades.

A chemist might do a real comparison but we'd be interested to see how much difference there is in energy provided by honey, canned cake frosting or the various gels on the market. The bottom line is all of them contain various sugars which give one a boost of energy. 

But some of these things cost a lot more than others with the ones marketed directly to cyclists and runners by massive marketing efforts certainly topping the list. Somebody's got to pay for those TV ads or big bike race sponsorships - and you can guess who that is, right?

Our idea is: EAT FOOD! Enjoy a nice breakfast before your ride. If you're still out around lunch time, stop and have some lunch. It can't hurt to have something in your back pocket that lasts forever if you don't eat it, but save it for the situation where you're starved and there's no place to get anything rather than using these chemical compositions as a substitute for real, tasty food.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pizza Napoletana in Sicily

Pizza snobs move to Sicily

We admit it - we've become insufferable snobs when it comes to pizza. Four months in the historic center of Napoli, just minutes from the most famous makers there will do that to you as regular blog readers know.

So now we've moved to Sicily with a house purchase in the works. Sicilian-style pizza is OK...just. But the stuff was supposedly invented in Napoli and nobody much argues they do it best. Now that we're down here, wouldn't it be nice to enjoy something similar now and then?

We saw the sign for this place awhile back but didn't pay much attention until we came back this week after having a truly awful pizza up north. We were sort of desperate but we were rewarded here - Anima e Core might have been near the back of the back in our Great Pizza Shootout, but they at least would be IN the pack!

That may sound like faint praise, but it's not. They even had Pino Daniele music playing, only letting us down when they didn't have a Neopolitan espresso to finish our meal.

Buon lavoro!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Eye Candy: #? in a series


Does one have to be "of a certain age" to enjoy the look of chromed steel and polished aluminum? No carbon in sight. 

Heather's made-to-measure GIOS-Torino with a mixed groupset: Campagnolo Athena 11 Ergopower + rear derailleur and cassette. Centaur 10 triple crankset with older version Athena dual pivot brake calipers.

Cinelli (pantographed) bar/stem with Miche (pantographed) seatpost. SMP Glider saddle. Campagnolo Centaur hubs laced into Torelli/Ambrosio aluminum rims.

Painted to match (Thanks Silca and GIOS!) Silca Impero pump and Scicon under the saddle bag, SMP bar tape and Elite aluminium bottle cages.

Heather rode this at the most recent GIOS Raduno and more than one person thought it the prettiest bike at the event!