Tuesday, September 14, 2010

End of Season Chianti Eating, Drinking and Biking Tour October 12-18

Do you know the picture of Tuscany you see in postcards? That's where I live. Whenever people come and visit me here in the Chianti region of Tuscany they leave completely mesmerized and transformed by this place. Between the breathtaking views on our rides, meeting some of my local friends and eating in some of my favorite restaurants they always walk away wanting to come back and often they do.

At the end of the racing season I am going to spend one week riding some of my favorite routes (without a power meter) and eating at some of my favorite restaurants and friends houses without watching what I eat or drink. So I thought why not invite a few of my followers along. Although the trip will be set up with many of the same support you find with professional outfitters, it's intent is more like visiting a friend who lives in a foreign country.

In order to keep the trip intimate there will be a maximum of 8 people on the trip in double occupancy rooms. All rides will be lead by me and supported with a follow van. Rides will be non-competitive but you should be an intermediate level rider who can handle 2-4 hour rides. You are encouraged to bring your own bike but I can arrange a local rental for you if necessary.

The cost of the trip for 7 days and 6 nights is $2,500 for double occupancy and $3,000 for single occupancy. All accommodations, meals, ride food and non-air transportation included. You just show up at the airport and I take care of the rest.

If you have questions please e-mail me at joaoisme@me.com


Tuesday October 12
Wednesday October 13
  • Breakfast at Borgolecchi
  • Morning ride. Castelnuovo Beradenga Loop (50 Km)
  • Lunch in Lecchi at Paolo's
  • Late afternoon visit to a local vineyard for a wine tasting
  • Dinner at Osteria le Panzanelle
Thursday October 14
Friday October 15th
Saturday October 16th
  • Breakfast at Borgolecchi
  • Morning ride Asciano Loop (80 Km)
  • Lunch in Lecchi at Paolo's
  • Afternoon relax in Lecchi or trip to Gaiole in Chianti for an aperitivo
  • Dinner at the private home of a friend
Sunday October 17th
Monday October 18th
  • Breakfast at Borgolecchi
  • Transfer to Florence Airport or Florence Train Station