CYCLE CILENTO & AMALFI

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The coast ride from Amalfi and seeing Positano after a climb was amazing. If you love long fast descent, then the descent into Maiori is something that will you will not forget.

What did you think of your group leader?

Lieven is highly organised and easy going. He always managed to get us to great cafe stops (and I love those nice Italian Expresso); great little village lunch stops (which he will guide us on little walks round those pretty, narrow steep streets) and his archaelogy training really came to its own when he guided us round Paestum. He even spent the free day with us on a walk from Ravello down to Amalfi and visited the most perfect Italian Gardens which was most memorable. He is also a great cyclist and can outclimb all of us!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

We had great weather in June but did have an occasional shower so don't forget your waterproof (that the van can carry for you and you may not need to use at all). The bikes are good and modern but I like having my own SPD pedals and saddles which are very quick to fit. Oh - and don't forget that right hand brake lever operate the rear brakes rather than the front brakes (as in the UK).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We were blessed with nice weather, nice group of people and the most fantastic scenery. The most surprising thing was the patience of the Italian drivers. They are actually quite used to bikes and will pass you safely or wait patiently so we always feel quite safe and didn't have any problems at all which was quite refreshing.