Cycling Tuscany

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As a wrap up to my time in London, I spent my last weekend in Europe touring around the Florence and Lucca areas in Italy. What a treat. The weather was perfect and the scenery spectacular. What a great end to my London adventure…

For my first day of riding, I took the bus over to Lucca (from Florence) and rented a road bike from Tuscany Ride a Bike. They set me up with a GPS and sent me on my way. I was a bit worried as I started my “road ride” heading out of town on about 10kms of trails like this – which felt a bit aggressive for a carbon road bike:

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But turns out that’s the safest route out to the countryside. The bumpy start to the journey was worth it as I made my way through the Tuscany countryside. Even with a GPS, I managed to get myself mildly lost but given how beautiful and safe the area is, I wasn’t concerned and soon found my way back to my route. The cycling in this area is nothing short of spectacular. Lots of climbing, beautiful olive groves and barely any traffic.

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Day two of my little adventure, I booked a private tour guide through Biking Tuscany¬†and I really lucked out by getting their founder and Firenze native Piero. Piero set us up on full carbon cyclocross bikes which served us well on some of the bumpier back roads. We climbed straight from Florence up into the hills. Piero knew all the history, pointing out old monasteries and selecting some really awesome roads. We climbed the 2013 World Championships of Cycling route and explored tons of the countryside around Florence. We ended our ride with a delightful gelato (and of course Piero knew the best gelateria around! Thanks Piero for a great day – highly recommend connecting with Piero and his team if you’re interested in getting a good bike ride in around Florence.

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Tour guide Piero – sharing his local fav gelateria

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On to Chris and my Boston adventure now…

25 May 2015 0

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