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Riding in Italy(5 posts)

Riding in Italywashoe
Jan 31, 2002 6:56 PM
Anyone have experience with any of the touring companies that offer packages in Tuscany?

Thanks
Northern ItalyDWridesGT
Feb 1, 2002 12:43 AM
I am in Vicenza, Italy. Upper north part of country. There are great rides here and plenty of mountains to climb. You won't believe the scenery here. Give me an email if you come up north to Vicenza. We'll hit those hills.
Yespmf1
Feb 1, 2002 4:46 AM
I feel like I keep repeating this advice.

I did a bike tour in Tuscany as part of my honeymoon about 18 months ago. We wanted an organized tour with decent mileage (many of these outfits do 12 miles/day), where we could take our own bikes (most want to provide you with some POS bike). My wife found a tour run by some guy named Hampsten (former pro and Giro winner Andy Hampsten). Here is the site:

http://www.cinghiale.com/html/start.html

I could not say enough good things about this. It was the best vacation I have ever had (I do a bike tour every year). The mileage was decent (avg 40-50 miles per day) -- its hilly in Tuscany. Enough so you felt like you did something, but with enough time to see the sights in each town. We all told him he wasn't charging enough for this thing. Everything (food, lodging, support, race stories, etc) were provided. I'd jump at the chance to do it again.
Yesgtx
Feb 1, 2002 8:05 AM
That's the trip I'd do if I wanted to do/had the money for an organized tour. I met Andy last year and rode with him--super nice guy. I have lived in Tuscany, been there many times and have done a lot of riding there. Most of the group tours I've seen are masses of people riding around on C'dale hybrids. I depends what your conditioning is and what you are looking for.
Yespmf1
Feb 1, 2002 8:37 AM
There aren't a lot of tours for serious cyclists that we could find. His Grand Fondo spring tour might be fun. The hot springs spa one would be too. He sure is a super nice guy. We got in late and while I was putting the bikes together, he carried our bags up to the hotel room . I was tempted to get down on my knees and say I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy.