TUSCANY: PISA TO CINQUE TERRE RIDE
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Everyone wanting to cycle through torrential rain and stick together, enjoying and completing the full route on day 1 in great spirits. We were still all doing everything together after the week. I also really enjoyed the steep hill sections and getting the heart pumping by tackling them full on!
What did you think of your group leader?
The two group leaders were fantastic (Mike and Nathan). Both complimented each other well and were always helpful and well organised. They definitely knew their stuff and helped make it a very enjoyable trip for everyone. They also always had / knew of different options available to us (whether this be dining out or route wise).
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You need to be pretty fit to do this trip. The grading was spot on as the first few days had a few hills but not too demanding but later in the week there are some really steep sections, some short and some quite long. However the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it. As long as you either do a reasonable amount of cycling already (including going up big hills) or have a good level of fitness you will be fine. And remember Cadence, Concentration and Composure!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would definitely recommend this trip 100%. Like one of the others reviewing this trip i would like to see Exodus put on more trips of this grade in Europe for 7 days duration. There are lots of moderate but not any others which are moderate / challenging.