Benvenuto a CycleItalia
This is a match made in Paradiso!
We’ve married our unabashed passion for Italy with our extensive experience leading high-performance bicycle tours to produce hand crafted, small-group tours that we personally guide through cycling heaven – Italy. In no other country will you feel such respect for the sport of cycling. Come share the Italian passion for all good things in life: friends, food, wine, beauty… and the sport that comes from the heart.
CycleItalia ciclismo come una volta
(cycling like it used to be)
CycleItalia began, as many things do, as a “better mousetrap” idea. We enjoyed the better part of a decade working with one of the first operations to offer challenging tours in Europe for cycling enthusiasts. When they took their first group to Italy in 1989, Heather and Larry were there – in fact that’s how we met.
On the free evenings for dinner back then, we were often joined by small groups of clients who appreciated our skill at finding the best places for authentic food and our passion for the full Italian meal experience; antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolci, all complemented with wines from the local vineyards.
It was during these relaxing dinner experiences that the seeds for CycleItalia were sown. Clients would ask, “Why don’t you start your own company so we can dine like this every night?” In 1998 we took a deep breath and made that leap of faith. CycleItalia was born with the slogan “pedala forte, mangia bene” (ride hard, eat well): at that time a new concept in cycle touring.
CycleItalia is very fortunate to have our Best of Piedmont tour featured in BICYCLING Magazine’s July 2013 issue.
“Feast Your Thighs” by David Darlington recounts his experience as he enjoys “pedala forte, mangia bene” on our flagship tour.
“The experiences I had with my bike were unique for me.
I could really enjoy the landscape, and even discovered out-of-the-way places for myself that were really beautiful.
It was as if my bike and I were part of that incredible beauty, as if I could enter into the natural world. I was free. That’s why for me, bicycles are life.”