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Mar 12, 2002 5:14 AM
Lucky dogpmf1
Mar 12, 2002 5:38 AM
I did a Cinghaile tour in September of 2000. My wife and I did it as part of our honeymoon (the rest was spent in Sicily). I would highly recommend this tour. We did the Tuscan Classic. For the money, I thought it was well worth it. All the food was very good, hotels nice, the guides helpful and friendly. Andy Hampsten is a very nice guy. He rode every mile with us and ate all the meals with us. There were many extras included. Everyone in our group thought he wasn't charging enough for the tour. He gives half the profits to charity. I got the feeling he was trying to fit into the community (he lives in Tuscany) rather than make a lot of money. I see he is listed as a consultant now, but I bet he does most of the rides with the group.

This tour appealed to us because it included decent mileage and you are required to bring your own bike. Most of the other tours want to rent you a pretty crappy looking bike (or include it for "free"). If I'm surfing in Maui, I want my own board. And this is the cycling equivalent. Many of the tours we looked at had 12 mile days. Mileage on Cinghaile ranged from 30 to 65 miles. It is hilly there. The typical day was to ride in the morning and sightsee in the afternoons. I thought this was perfect. You got some riding in, but still had time to see the sights. There is a lot to see in Italy both on and off the bike. If you really want to go out and kill yourself everyday, they can arrange that for you.

The tour started off in Castenetto Carducci. We stayed in a hotel (where Mapei trains in the winter) for 3 days and did rides in the area. The group then went on the road, stopping in different town every night. We ended back where we started 5-6 days later.

My wife and I had a blast. I'd highly recommend this.
no but...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 12, 2002 7:27 AM
if you are in the region and need to go shopping or to check out some manufacturers

oh and its spelt cinghiale - meaning wild boar (mostly the tuscan region).

couldnt pick a finer region for riding and eating either.

Yes, please post your e-mail address so I can respond. ntIzoard
Mar 12, 2002 7:10 PM
Yes, please post your e-mail address so I can respond. ntpedalman
Mar 13, 2002 4:17 AM