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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.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Legendary Climbs of the Giro d'Italia 2015 Part 2

Arrivederci to the Dolomites!

We departed the Dolomites today but yesterday enjoyed the Passo Campolongo where you see Larry and Kim making their way to the top.

A long descent from Arabba sets us up for the Passo Fedaia where you see us from far above riding up the narrow gorge as the Giro has done a time or two. Look closely, you can see two tiny cyclists in the center of this photo.

From there its on to the Passo Sella where you can see Heather posing at the top with the bike Steve Fellini so kindly lent her. Grazie Stefano!!!

Today was our exit from the Dolomites with a repeat of the Passo Campolongo before one of our favorite passes, the Pordoi. Above you can see Brent making his way to the summit, where....

 ...the group posed for our traditional photo in front of the Coppi Memorial, (l-r) Larry, Kim, Craig, Jeff, Jennifer and Brent.

From there it was down to Canazei and through the valley before turning up the Passo Costalunga with pranzo at the top. The ride after lunch offers splendid views like this one enjoyed by Craig and Kim on their way to our lodging (after a big-time fun descent!) perched on a cliff overlooking the Adige.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Legendary Climbs of the Giro d'Italia 2015 Part 1

Greetings from "Where God takes His Vacations"! (The Dolomites)

Above you see our group posed before the start of the first ride. (l-r) Brent, Jennifer, Heather, Jeff, Kim and Craig.

Above Craig poses with a cold one atop Passo Erbe. We all suffered under the same heatwave baking the Tour further north.

But that didn't stop us from enjoying Hotel Putia's famous "Cena Ladina" (clockwise from left) Lillian, Heather, Craig, Kim, Jennifer, Jeff and Brent.

After a good night's sleep we awoke to this beautiful sunrise...but rain was soon falling. Nothing serious until most of us had arrived in Cortina d'Ampezzo, but then it came down in buckets, including some hail.

The benefit for us was cooling things off and once the storm moved on, leaving us one of the most gorgeous days we've seen up here. Above you see Brent, Jeff and Larry posing atop Passo Giau. Both Larry and Heather are WAY short of any sort of cycling condition, but are proving "gearing and attitude" can get most any cyclist up these climbs.

Heather shot this photo of the Passo Falzarego, one of our favorite climbs in this region as she rode up the Passo Valparola to lunch.

Kim and Craig started their lunch off with a birra (or two) before we enjoyed regional dishes like goulasch zuppa or spaetzel with speck and cream. A long descent allowed for good digestion before the final "sting in the tail" climb to our lodging for the next two nights. Tonight we'll enjoy Tirolean specialties in the bier stube before dinner.