The amazing experience of cycling mountains and watching the Tour de France #TdF2017

It's one of those dreams that cyclists have, particularly after watching the mountain stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia or Vuelta de España.. "One day I'll climb those mountains too!"

That's actually one of the things you can do with cycling, compared to other professional sports we watch.
If you're into cricket, you'll probably never get to play at Lord's. If you like football, you may never get to play at Wembley, but if you're into cycling then the historic roads are there and free for you to have a go and see what it feels like.

The sense of achievement you'll get when you reach the top of an historical mountain pass, is far greater than the effort you have to put in to climb it.
Most of these alpine roads have now detailed sign-posts to give cyclists an idea of what lies ahead..

..such as, distance to the top, altitude and next km average climbing gradient.
Sometimes this can give encouragement, or at other times, mental despair. What I recommend doing is to look down the valley after every switchback, to see how much you've already achieved, rather than how much further you have to go.

Taking in all the stunning scenery as you climb, will help to distract you from the effort, the mind receives positive images, whilst the legs are working hard below.

Knowing that you are starting a climb of around 20km long, try to set a riding pace that you're comfortable with, regardless of what everyone else is doing around you.

In this particular occasion, we road the French Alps to watch two Tour de France 2017 stages, from the beautiful town of Briançon.

..riding north through Serre Chevalier to get up to the Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier to watch Stage 17.

It's fantastic watching the pro cyclists coming down these winding mountain roads at crazy speeds.

The following day, for Stage 18, we rode our bikes again from Briançon, riding south-east up to the legendary Col d'Izoard, theatre of many cycling battles.

On the way up the Izoard, through the village of Cervières, we noticed that the Team Buses were parked here rather than at the finish area.
The road to the top from this side is very beautiful. It passes through two villages, then enters a Pine forest where it becomes steeper and more winding. That was a great moment to take a breather whilst watching the Caravane du Tour passing by.

Once finally reaching the top, the view is amazing, and the Polka Dot Cap offered by Carrefour was very handy to protect from the strong rays of the sun.

The set up at the top was fantastic, live TV coverage on a big screen on one side, the podium presentation right in front, and the pro cyclists coming up from the climb on the other side.

With French rider, Warren Barguil, winning the stage, the atmosphere was electric, and with the French President Macron being there for the presentation, it was just great for the sport and for the organisation of the Grande Boucle.

Chris Froome arriving soon after, maintained his Yellow Jersey leadership, while below, Fabio Aru didn't have a good day, losing precious time for the overall classification. Anyway, it's been a good tour for the Astana young rider, he's acquired lots of experience, won a stage, wore the Yellow Jersey for a couple of days being the only rider to take it from the shoulders of the very strong Team Sky of Froome.

And it's right to say: "The winner takes it all.." Whether you like it or not (only saying this as we've heard much discord and unpleasant booing along the road or at the presentation), Chris Froome won his 4th Tour de France and so chapeau to him and to the hard work of his team mates. Landa and Nieve have played a very big role in leading and protecting their captain all along this 2017 Tour de France. Great Team Effort, Bravo!

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A Taste of Marche Region  #DestinazioneMarche

Mission accomplished for the brave cyclists who participated in the Bike Long Ride Marche – London.    A long ride of 2,100 km, from the beautiful Marche region of Italy all the way to London , passing through the heart of Europe.   From Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno to the UK , waving Milan goodbye and crossing over the Alps to overcome the Simplon Pass … and then, towards the great “Avenue Verte” connecting the centre of Paris to the City of London.

Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
Marche Bike Ride Cyclists in London at Rosso di Sera Italian Restaurant
The cyclists of Marche Bike Life are ambassadors of the Marche region, promoting it’s beautiful landscapes, the delicious local food and everything that their beautiful region has to offer to the tourists.  Mauro Fumagalli of Marche Bike Life, creator of the event, aims to promote tourism and cycle tourism in le Marche, together with Antonella Rutigliano, who talks about disability and sport, sharing her experiences and results as a Paralympic athlete, aiming to  motivate other people with physical disability to do the same.

Covent Garden London Monmouth Street Taxi Cab
You’ll find Rosso di Sera Italian Restaurant in Monmouth Street London
We participated in this promotional event, hosted and beautifully prepared by Rosso di Sera Italian Restaurant on Monmouth Street in London, who provided a delicious array of culinary excellence and delights from the Marche region. The Italian atmosphere built throughout the evening with the amazing Opera singing, performed by Villa InCanto‘s artists. 

This project was supported by the Marche Region and some of the most important public and private operators of the territory, that help to make it happen. I strongly recommend you to go for a meal at Rosso di Sera in London, and to check out Villa InCanto’s website for their upcoming events and to travel and visit the beautiful Marche region of Italy.

Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
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Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
Marche Bike Ride London 2016 Long Ride Rosso di Sera
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Una manifestazione di cicloturismo per promuovere la Regione Marche attraverso il ciclismo, il buon cibo ed il canto. Da Ascoli Piceno fino a Londra, 2100 Km passando da Milano e Parigi, nel cuore dell’Europa.
Una bellissima iniziativa promozionale creata ed organizzata da Marco Fumagalli di Marche Bike Life con il supporto di alcuni sponsors e delle societa’ di promozione turistica locali. Arrivati a Londra, una calorosa accoglienza preparata dai Marchigiani di Londra, presso il ristorante Rosso di Sera. L’atmosfera e’ stata implementata dalla compagnia artistica Villa InCanto con esibizioni canore dei suoi artisti di Opera.
La disponibilita’, passione e simpatia espresso dalla comunita’ marchigiana presente, ha sicuramente creato un effetto attrazione per gli Inglesi presenti, molti dei quali, ahime’ neppure conoscevano l’esistenza della Regione Marche. Mi auguro questo evento sia da esempio e sia l’inizio di una serie di manifestazioni atte a far conoscere e scoprire le regioni e localita’ italiane meno frequentate e che piu’ fanno fatica ad attirare il turismo.

Great atmosphere in Corvara #mdd29

It’s only 6:30am when the Maratona dles Dolomites starts from La Villa in Badia. TV helicopters are flying up and down the valley to film the event, capturing a “snake of cyclists” rolling up the winding Passo Campolongo’s road. Watch a short video clip from Instagram:

 


 

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If you are interested in participating in a cycling event in Italy, the Maratona dles Dolomites is the one to do. Great winding roads across beautiful open valleys with breathtaking scenery. Also being in Italy, the food goes without saying and, in this area, they know how to feed and to entertain torists. Thanks for passing by and.. hope to see you in next year’s edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites!

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Cycling tour in the Dolomites 

There are many beautiful places to go for a cycling tour, but you’d have to pick one only, I highly recommend you the Dolomites.

 

Cycling up the Passo Campolongo – Corvara Alta Badia

The scenery is simply stunning, with open valleys surrounded by rocky mountain peaks. A snake of tarmac to ride your bike on, always well maintained for the annual cycling event, the Maratona dles Dolomites.  We stay in Corvara Alta Badia, main centre of the event with easy access to all the surrounding roads to cycle on.

 

The beautiful Corvara in Alta Val Badia Dolomites

There are many mountain passes to choose from, going from a 3/4% gradient, up to 15% in places, perfect terrain to test your fitness and skills level.

 

Cycling Passo Fedaia Marmolada Dolomites

Our group is organised by La Fuga Travel cycling tour company, stays in the area for the whole week leading up to the Maratona event, to get used to the altitude, to familiarise  with the roads and to get ready for the big cycling day ahead.

 

Top of Passo Duran Dolomites

A loop around the Passo Duran and the Forcella Staulanza passing through the beautiful Valzoldana.

 

Zoldo Valzoldana

Thank you for passing by and reading this post, I hope it might help you consider picking up cycling, if you’re not a cyclist yet, and to come explore this beautiful part of Italy.

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Cycling Tour Emilia Romagna 

We’ve cycled all the way across Italy, from Tuscany to Emilia Romagna. This is Bagno di Romagna, our final destination of the day.


It’s a lovely little town surrounded by woodland hills, very popular for the health benefits of it’s thermal waters. The Hotel Tosco Romagnolo is a family run 4**** hotel in the centre town, with it’s own thermal pool situated on the roof terrace overlooking the town.


The Hotel Tosco Romagnolo is also a Bike-Hotel, so it has all the facilities and the services that us  cyclists need.

 The territory is very hilly and that’s why it’s so appealing to the keen cyclists. See the profile here below:

As we are in Emilia Romagna Tourism, the food goes without saying, it’s another region where the pride of their local specialities together with providing a great tourists experience excels. It’s own by the Teverini family, also known as Passione Teverini, with the owner Paolo being a masterchef. The very kind lady owner came to welcome us with a delicious aperitif selection, explaining all about the food and the history of her own house, which is now the hotel.

Therefore all it was left for us to do was to rest our legs and to raise our glasses to toast today’s cycling achievements. 

Thank you for passing by and reading this post and, if you liked it, stay tuned for more to come. No matter where you are, keep your tourist-eyes open and #GetOutMore as  it’s Fabulous Outdoors 

If you’re interested in taking part in one of these fabulous cycling tours, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Cycling Tour in Tuscany

The Italian territory it’s all beautiful, stunning landscapes, beautiful cities with amazing historical places and culture, delicious food and good climate. Just some of the many reasons that make tourists loving Italy so much. For this cycling trip, we’ll be touring the hills of Tuscany, riding quiet and scenic roads. We’ve selected as a first base the Agriturismo Relais Colline San Biagio and I have to say, it’s a stunning place, as you can see from the window view here below.

 
It’s situated at the top of a hill overlooking the amazing surrounding landscape of vineyards, olive plantations and with Florence, Prato and Pistoia in the distance.                                      The inviting swimming pool 

 The food selection is amazing, lots of local products, homemade pasta, sauces accompanied by their delicious home produced oil and wine.

Breakfast selection:

  

It’s now time for us to go out cycling and explore this amazing area. Bikes are all lined up and ready to go, thank you for passing by and.. stay tuned for more images to come. #GetOutMore It’s Fabulous Outdoors 

  

Paris-Roubaix 2015 Cycling Classic @fabulousport

 

 

Paris Roubaix 2015 Cycling Classic Tours La Fuga Travel by @fabulouSport http://www.fabulousport.co.uk With this cycling tour we went to ride the cycling sportive Paris-Roubaix-Challenge and stayed to watch the pro race the following day. A great experience for the amateurs, riding the cobbles in wet conditions was a real challenge, then a beautiful sunny day for the professional cyclists which was also good to watch it properly and to take videos and photos.

Photography of the event will be added soon! See some images of the events on Flickr: https://flickr.com/photos/124113675@N03/sets/72157649643164514 

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