Tuscan Adventure 2018

 Sep 14th to 24th

Arrive and depart at Pisa airport

 

Italy, Tuscany and your bike.

 

Rolling into a small village for lunch on the piazza after a great morning of riding is only surpassed by the knowledge that you get to keep going after lunch for even more riding on the intimate, twisty roads, dense with history and present day beauty.

Join us for a delightful trip through the varied landscape of Tuscany. You will experience all Tuscany has to offer from the lush forested  Alpi Apuane in the north, then south to the vineyards and olive groves of Chainti and the classic open rolling hills of the Crete Senese.

 

We will stay in the stunning, vivacious town of Lucca for the first  four nights. Lucca is a medieval walled city, home of Pucini and full of life along the narrow ancient streets. Dinners at our favorite restaurants, very local, very Italian.

Rides from here include:

Tour of the Villas in the foothills just north of Lucca

The Monte Sera route with an 8km climb and a view over Pisa and the coastal plain to the sea.

The marble quarry classic ride from Massa to lunch in Castelnuovo and returning to descend to the ocean.

A visit to the source of tale of Pinnochio deep in the Alpi Apuane. This ride includes tiny remote mountain villages after riding along the Serchio river valley.

 

For the second half of the adventure, we bring you a couple hours south into the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti region. Staying in the village of Radda you experience an ancient hill town with incredible views in every direction.

Rides from Radda will include the following:

Riding north we will visit Greve for lunch and stop in Panzano to say hi Dario Cecchini the butcher.

South from Radda we will ride through Gaiole the home of the Eroica event, the premier gravel ride in Italy.

A short drive will take us to Asciano for the start of the stunning crete senese route. Up and down the high ridges of this unique landscape will leave an indelible impression

We will visit a long list of villages you will likely not have heard of. Volpaia, Dudda, Lucolena, Gaiole, Monteluco, Asciano, Piazza, Castello Brolio, Greve and Panzano are just a few of places we will ride through.

 

An excellent one day Tuscan cooking class at Badia Coltibuno is available on request.

Book your trip today!

Pyrenees Playground 2018

Pyrenees Playground trip, June 26th – July 6th, 2018
Length:  11 Days, 10 Nights
Location: French Pyrenees
Start/End Location: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Cost: $5400.00
Single supplement:$750.00

 

Tuesday,  June 26th

The start of your cycling vacation.

Guest pickup at Pullman hotel, Toulouse

2 hours drive to Foix for lunch and a ride in the afternoon

Ride : Logging road to the Pegure and descend back to hotel, La Barguillere, a great way to start your vacation.

Wednesday, June 27th

Rise and shine, the first full day in the Pyrenees. Today we will ride a portion of the L’Ariegeoise course, visiting the castle ruins of Monsegur. Just one of the many Castles in the area.

 

Thursday, June 28th

Today’s ride will give you the taste of what an Hors catégorie climb is like, as you test yourself up Plateau de Beille. But before we arrive in Les Cabannes to begin the climb we will ride the scenic Corniche.

 

Friday, June 29th

Today we will enjoy a relaxing ride from our hotel to the “Shrinking of the numbers”, (registration) for L’Ariegeoise Cyclosportive, in Tarascon. And a ride through the historic Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge). Legend says it was built following a pact with the Devil.

 

 

Saturday, June 30th.

L’Ariegeoise Event day. You and 5000 of your closest friends will ride through the Ariege department. You will have four options with many challenges to choose from. Alternate ride or hiking for non-event guests.

 

Sunday, July 1st

Transfer to Arreau. Some part on four wheels the best part on two.

Ride from Aspet to Arreau via Pergudes. Enjoy the valley view as you ride into Arreau.

 

Monday, July 2nd

It’s going to be a good day today. With Pla d’adet, but first Col de Azet. Finishing on Col de Portet. Just like the finish of stage 17 of Le Tour. Just one more memory to add to the many on this trip.

 

Tuesday, July 3rd.

Transfer to Argeles

Ride via Aspin to warm up the legs, then onto the Col du Tourmalet. This is one more day that you will relive over and over again.

 

Wednesday, July 4th

We have a couple of ride options on this day.  Luz Ardiden/Cauteret or Aubisque via Spandelle. Either route will entitle you to conquer the same roads as the tour.

 

Thursday, July 5th

Short ride Hautacam or Lourdes. One last climb before we say farewell, or an easy spin to take in the beauty that is the Pyrenees.  

 

Friday, July 6th.

Today we say farewell to France, and leave for Home.