Tag Archives: Italy

October 2016 – Dolomites

  • Type: hi – weekend
  • Group Strength: 3
  • Distance: 390 miles

Two nights in some of the most fantastic biking territory imaginable. Unfortunately we were not able to do the Sella Ronda due to one pass being closed already. However, there is plenty to keep every biker’s heart leap with joy.dolomites-19I’ve put some of the photos on the home page as they deserve more than just “meagre” post exposure…

However, here is another one to keep you gagging for more:dolomites-6To our surprise we hit two closed roads in one day – a very rare occurrence even in off-season – which somewhat messed up our schedule…

… so that we hit the Felbertauern road when it was getting dark already. And COLD! Arrived in Mittersill around six, just in time to find a nice little place which brews its own beer which we naturally had to sample. The nosh was also first class. Definitely an address to remember 😎

June 2016 – Italy Appennines

  • Type: 6 – day hi
  • Group Strength: 8
  • Distance: 1000 miles

 

June, perfect weather everywhere. And I mean, everywhere. Waited for a few mates to come down to Bavaria and we set off via the Alps. We hit Italy in South Tirol and cruised through the Po plain in unearthly temperatures before we hit the Tuscan mountains where we spent our first night.italy-01Then through Umbria with all its wines and Lago Trasimeno italy-04before we headed further south-east to Abruzzo through some of the most amazing landscape one is ever likely to see. italy-05Unfortunately this is where the recent quake hit so I’m not sure whether the restaurant in Norcia still exists where we had the local sausage – a top speciality…

From there we headed to the coast for a bit of of a dip and some warmth againitaly-03before finally heading back up north, not without picking some great passes along the way through Marche, Umbria and Tuscany. Oh, and did I mention the food? THE FOOD??? Grrr…italy-03All in all a great tour and Italy is fast becoming a favourite of mine – and I mean not only the Alps!

June 2016 – South Tyrol, Brenta Group

  • Type: hi – weekend
  • Group Strength: 3
  • Distance: 380 miles

Just a quickie in the Alps to ride one of my favourites, the Mendel Pass. Plenty on the way as well. Here the Jaufenpass or Passo Giovo at 2094m above sea level. brenta1c And once one is near Bolzano there are sheer endless options. Unfortunately we couldn’t go East towards Sella Ronda but it was stunning nevertheless. A view over Bolzano:brenta3cThe further south you go the more chances of small and untouched roads. I tend to prefer them rather than the standard routes which brim with bikers.brenta2cLess hassle, more time for yourself, the bike and the view. That is what riding with us is all about…