Tuscany: Cycle Siena & Chianti
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
A 5km hill becoming fairly easy by the end of the week (goes to show how much your fitness level increases during the week.) Cycling into the cobbled medieval streets of Sienna and down into the main square. Cycling through the vineyards and quaint villages of Chianti. Having a very good reason to eat twice as much as usual, since we had to 'refuel' for the next day. Discovering that other members of the group are just as obsessed with food as I am. Realising that I can still make it up a hill after a complimentary shot of limoncello from a restaurant at lunch time.
What did you think of your group leader?
Radu and Alejandro were fantastic leaders and experienced cyclists. They worked brilliantly both together and independently. They also prepared some fantastic picnics for lunch stops and provided good snacks for refuelling. They knew the best places to eat in town (and where to get the best gelato.) Everything went smoothly and the group had a fantastic time.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
My first cycling holiday, so I'm glad I had a reasonable level of fitness for the 'undulating' countryside, 'spicy hills' and hilltop towns/villages (and there's an optional 7km non stop hill at the end of a long cycling day too). I wish I'd taken a gel seat cover as well as padded shorts (I didn't take my own saddle). I probably would've taken clip on shoes too.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The pici (fat spaghetti) is amazing! Prosecco is cheap too.