Italy Cycling Holiday: The WINNER IS…!
Congratulations to Bill Buckton of Port Elgin ON – winner of the one week cycling holiday for two with Bici Amore Mio at Italy’s best bike hotels. As a loyal PEZ-Fan, Bill is duly excited to start planning one of the best riding weeks of his life.
Bill should do just fine on this trip – based on the fact that he’s riding the Triple Bypass ride in Colorado in July, he’ll have lots of riding to choose from at any of Bici Amore Mio’s five bike hotels.
And to everyone else who entered, and everyone who wants to ride and live like real Italians in Italy – it’s not too late to book your own holiday with our friends at Bici Amore Mio Cycling Holidays.
Bici Amore Mio is a group of 5 bike hotels from 5 distinct and beautiful regions of Italy – each offering excellent cycling holiday packages, including stays at multiple hotels in the group. Because they’re all family run hotels, they really do care about their guests, and they’re collective passion for cycling is shown by the variety of packages and facilities for cyclists of all levels from beginners to pro teams.
Now, in case you need a little visual incentive to really put you over the edge – have a look at some of the places you could be riding:
Bormio is an awesome base for the biggest and best Italian climbs – the Stelvio, The Gavia, the Mortirolo. But some of the best rides are on small rides only known to the locals – like your hosts at the Stelvio Bike Experience.
The Garda Bike Hotel offers the best choice of riding along Lake Garda’s spectacular shoreline, the hills of valpolicella wine country, and even a coffee stop to nearby Verona.
The Adriatic coast on Italy’s east side hosts some of its most beautiful and most popular beaches, and is why the Hotel Lungomare has become so popular with Italian and European sunseekers. Look to the west though, for some of the best riding in the lush hills and valleys of the Appennine mountains in the Emilia Romagna region, tasting good wines and great food among vineyards and olive groves.
The the full-bodied barolo wine country in the northwestern province of Piemonte serves up its heartier version of Italian cuisine, famous truffles, and the kind of riding that will earn you an appetite to take full advantage of the hospitality offered by the Piedmont Bike Hotel.
The Silva Splendid Hotel could be the perfect place for a couple’s getaway – mix fantastic rides in rolling hills the around the town of Fiuggi (famous for the legendary healing powers of its Acqua di Fiuggi, and just one hour from the Eternal City itself) and all the relaxation that comes with a full spa and wellness center, and there’s no reason your better half won’t want to join you.
I’ve stayed at three of these bike hotels and can attest they are top of the class:
• Hotel Funivia who offer the unequalled Stelvio Riding Experience in Bormio
• the Garda Bike Hotel on shimmering Lago di Garda, and enjoyed the local valpolicella wines.
• the Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico where I rode Pantani’s favorite training climb: the Carpegna.
Bici Amore Mio takes care of everything you need for what could be your best cycling trip ever.
• Airport pick-up & drop off, transfers between hotels, accommodations in gorgeous hotels, breakfasts, dinners, and post ride snacks, guided rides for all levels of cyclists, full van support.
You can take your own bike, or arrange for rental of one the top road brands available at the hotels like Pinarello, de Rosa, Bianchi and Merckx.