CYCLE CILENTO & AMALFI
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were lots. Just being on a bike in beautiful surroundings. Rounding a bend and to see yet another spectacular view. Making that last push before lunch and being rewarded with a delicious meal eaten outside on lovely terrace in an out-of-the-way trattoria. Swimming at a hotel's own beach at the end of long day's cycling. Climbing the steps up to Ravello and seeing Amalfi below us. Eating breakfast on the terrace above Amalfi's town square with the church's bells pealing. Being able to wander around classic ruins in Paestum without crowds or tour guides.
What did you think of your group leader?
Peter was an absolutely fantastic group leader. From the moment he picked the group up at the airport to seeing us off very early on our day of our departure Peter really looked after us all. He was kind, knowledgeable and interesting. He paced the rides just right for everyone's ability and factored in plenty of coffee and ice cream stops. Peter knew some great places to eat and to swim and had obviously planned and researched the rides really thoroughly - he made sure that we all got the very most out of the holiday, without rushing us and was always good humoured.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you like having your stuff with you, consider taking along a panier or handlebar bag - the bikes we were supplied with had a rack for this purpose. The support vehicle was always close so people, if they wanted, could put stuff in it and get to it pretty frequently. Water was available both from the van and from fountains in villages we stopped at along the way. Padded cycling shorts are worth taking along - even if you're a regular cyclist.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The roads do get a little bit more busy when you get to the Amalfi coast, but you are rewarded with spectacular views. We found cars drivers and motorcyclists to be patient and considerate wherever we cycled. Consider taking the steps up through Pontone and then on up to Ravello on your free day - it's steep, but satisfying.