Sun, sea and cycling

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The camadarie of the group, fantastic banter and mock rivalry with a ladies' race for several kilometres. The scenery was stunning, but by the time we reached the hotels in the evening which had pools it was too late to use them.

What did you think of your group leader?

Giovanni and Michele were good and took care of us with fantastic stops for fruit, snacks and plenty of chilled water. Both were very personable and cheerful.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Yep, do ask whether a meat/fish option on the menu includes any carbs or veg, as inevitably it doesn't, which means one lacks in energy the next day! (surprising for Italy I thought!). I personally dispense with cycle shorts and pads as cycling more than about 3 consecutive days in the heat has the same effect as nappies!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'd like to see more standardisation between the tours, such as handing out emergency contact details, the hotel name, address and phone number, as well as a daily route card so that if someone is left behind, at least they can work out where they are and which road to take, or be able to phone for assistance. There was nothing on this trip, except the personal phone numbers of the tour leaders, but these were useless if you don't take your phone (which is often the case when one is on holiday and wants to get away from it all). Even a sticker on the bikes with a phone number would be useful.