DOLOMITES, LAKE GARDA & VENICE RIDE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

That's a difficult one ...... something every day, but probably cresting the valley leaving Bolzano and riding through the vineyards or was it cresting the saddle at Lake Garda or was it the last meal in Venice with Michele and family ..... so many things were magical. Overall, the simplicity of going at your own speed soaking it all in ......   

What did you think of your group leader?

This was my first orgnised cycling trip and Michele has set the standard for my future trips. He was organised, punctual, very knowledgable about the history of the region, really looked after us, had on occassion to be firm but was always fair in order to pack everything in for the day and keep the group together.    

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I thought 35 deg would be too hot to ride (coming from Scotland) but it was excellent as the breeze made by cycling was suffient to keep you comfortable. No need to take your own bike on this trip as the hired ones were more than adequate and comfortable. No mechanicals or punctures - 12 people - 220 miles - not bad ?  

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We were given an excellent purpose-made map and guide booklet when we arrived - I think having these before we started the holiday would have given prior information about the towns and cities before we arrived at them. Other than that - perfect.