What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I completed a "bonus climb" with 4 of my fellow travelers up a very steep hill after we'd reached one of our destination cities. Shortly before completing the climb I first uttered the words "I don't think I can do this" - and I've never been happier to have been proven wrong!

What did you think of your group leader?

Our group leader Michele was excellent and went above and beyond anything I would have expected. Besides being an experienced and capable cyclist with a great sense of humor, he also had a strong knowledge of history and made sure to point out areas of historic significance during the trip. He organized many other optional events activities including group dinners, walking tours around our destination cities, and even bonus early morning cycling trips around the towns that we were staying in. Lastly, I am vegetarian and Michele always helped me find vegetarian options whenever we stopped to eat.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Great beginner trip. If you're relatively new to destination cycling trips this is an excellent first step.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A few small things. There was a transit strike in Italy on the first day of the trip that made the meeting in Venice a little chaotic. If you could please provide us with a local contact prior to departing, it might help mitigate any confusion at the airport. This is especially true for overseas participants such as myself, as the only exodus contacts I had were in Canada and there is a 6 hour time difference between Canada and Italy, so if I have any problems it may take a long time before my contacts can follow up with me. Also, just wondering if it would be possible to create an exodus app - maybe something compatible with Google Maps - that shows the cycling route? We all received maps upon arrival and there were arrows en route directing us to where we were supposed to go, but I understand the competition has been tampering with the arrows and map reading is a skill. If there is a way to locate the route on our phones, it might help people who get lost. Cheers!!