CycleItalia’s Owner – Operators
The heart of CycleItalia is our staff.
Heather and Larry met leading bike tours in Italy, married soon after, and have since enjoyed almost 30 years of cycling guide experience. They launched CycleItalia in 1998 to share their passion for Italy with you. CycleItalia has its roots in the Italian cycling vacations they planned as a couple, exploring the little-traveled backroads of untouristed regions, discovering small family-run inns and enjoying authentic country cuisine.
Heather is a philosophy professor at a small college in Sioux City, Iowa. She first traveled to Italy in 1984 to visit relatives and has returned almost every year since. She speaks fluent Italian and uses her academic research skills to create CycleItalia’s unique itineraries for their cycling vacations.
During her career as a bicycle racer in the 1980’s she made many friends in Italy’s cycling community. She has produced study tours in Italy and Greece and knows a fair amount about local history – especially the Etruscans, Romans, and Renaissance Florentines.
Larry runs the CycleItalia office. He’s the one who answers the phone and email. After a brief bicycle racing stint he became a USA Cycling and Campagnolo certified professional mechanic, while continuing to cycle just for fun.
The only thing he loves as much as a fast, twisty descent (where his experience as a former professional motorcycle roadracer is useful) is Italian wine and food. This passion comes in handy when it’s time to research the gastronomia of a new region of Italy, and share it with you.