Pedal the Piedmont

Are you looking for the perfect cycling holiday?  If you’ve already done the usuals (and even if you haven’t!), you should definitely try cycling around the beautiful Piedmont valley in Italy.

We can arrange your flights, transfers, accomodation, bike hire, and even a bike service in midweek!  Our fully trained and qualified bike leaders will take you out into the scenic valleys, with lunch planned at some of the finest vineyards and restaurants in the local area.

We offer all types of cycling – there are some good downhill tracks, big rolling hills (for those looking to test their stamina!), fantastic views from mountain tops, as well as meandering country roads that take you through some of the classic views of Italian countryside.

The Piedmont is the perfect location for your cycling vacation – just have a look at some of the movies below…

Cavendish Finds UCI Dope Report “unreliable”

Leading cycling rider Mark Cavendish is seemingly disappointed with the recently released doping report by the independent investigation committee of UCI. He has snubbed the report stating that it’s unreliable & contains “all shit from past year compiled in one document.”

He has also stressed that the report has come from the “unreliable sources”.

As per the statements from the sprint great that he hadn’t been asked to provide any information & according to him the report doesn’t include views from sufficient contemporary riders.

“I was not approached to contribute anything”, stated a dissatisfied Cavendish.

“I can say that 95 percent of peloton would be aware of one cyclist who could have stated certain comments. There’re some quotes which are from some unreliable sources which do not imply anything & completely warp the entire sense of this document.”

It’s true that the document provides a damning and lucid analysis of Armstrong’s (Lance) dealing with UCI in between 1999 & 2010- yet this document is not clear of actual state of riding now.

“The commission didn’t hear from anybody credible in this sport who could offer a clean sheet to cycling regarding doping issues today.”

It drew sparks from Millar & also from Olympic gold winner Geraint Thomas.

“It feels really insulting when somebody says that riding is filthy & that I am doing things wrong. I commit everything to the sport & I feel that it’s really lot cleaner now”, remarked an angry Sky captain. Read more »

Chris Froome Is Eager To Ride Against Contador In This Year’s Ruta del Sol

Chris Froome, the English professional cyclist has expressed his eagerness to ride against Alberto Contador, the Spanish professional cyclist. Both the riders will for the first time face off against each other at 2015 Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol. The race is scheduled to begin on 18th February at Seville, Spain.

On the first day of the race a split road and a time trial competition will take place. Vuelta a Andalucia is five day race and the competition will get tougher with each stage. The race will end on 21st February with a summit finish.

Chris Froome has said that it is interesting for him to ride against Contador but he also said that he expects many riders who are taking part in this race to be good and hence he said that the race might prove to be a challenging one for him. Movistar team’s Nairo Quintana was supposed to take part in this race but he will be unable to on account of crashing in the Colombian National Championships. Read more »

Chris Horner To Ride For Airgas-Safeway Team For The 2015 Season

Chris Horner will ride for team Airgas-Safeway for the 2015 season. Horner said that he is very happy to join the team. He said that he had achieved a lot in his career for which he is proud. He said that the next part of his career will be all about giving back to the sport of Cycling and not about winning accolades for himself.

Horner said that he had quite some options at hand but he chose Airgas-Safeway because the team gives young riders chances for becoming successful. Chris Johnson, the principal of the continental team Airgas-Safeway said that Chris Horner joining the team will not only be very beneficial for the team but also the American Cycling Fans will love it. Johnson said that the team’s younger riders getting a chance to ride with Chris Horner is in many ways like a dream come true for them.  Chris Horner said that he would like to ride with enthusiastic young cyclists and also said that he is looking forward to sharing his experience and tips with those riders throughout the upcoming season. Read more »

Raised status for Alesandro Petacchi

History in the making of Alesandro Petacchi for the Giro d’ Italia is on way. Team trial is due and it will be history if he wins the tour. It will be oldest winner on the stage henceforth. The tour of home is going to begin and as far as his victories are concerned he became victorious at the age of 29.

He has 22 victories of the stage and five were not to be found due to the situation of doping. He won against Cavendish which was fruitful. If he manages to triumph this year at the age of 40 then he will be at the top. He had set the record straight years back when he triumphed against other riders. It was due to the loss of effort from Cavendish which made Petacchi took over the result. Petacchi is witnessing rivals against younger riders who are striving it hard to win. It is a herculean task but certainly not impossible. Courage and dedication are required to win and succeed. Until 2014 he has been hailed as the winner of Omega Pharma. He is a great sprinter and is known throughout for his performance.

He states that he has a different role to play within the team. His necessity is to be useful towards the team and not a dormant performer. He realizes his responsibility and tries to achieve whatever is given to him with heart and soul. He also has the task to inspire the young riders as they take cue from him. He is also grateful that he has been able to undertake thrills in his career and perform diligently. He is grateful towards the team and the board for continuously praising him and offering him whatever reward he is capable of in the entire situation.

Cycling In Need Of Funds From The House of Commons

It is largely due to the efforts of MP who has demanded more people to get to the cycling mode from the House of Commons. Ben Bradshaw urged cyclists around the world to enable funding. He feels that at least in his community people are concerned with bikes. They cannot deliver properly due to lack of funds.

Their teams have done exceedingly well in the Olympics yet there need to be more urge for the young generation to maintain the constituency. Speaking about investing in cycling the government of UK does not do so sincerely. According to Bradshaw it is the successive governments which have a different approach to cycling. Funding is been granted but all here and there. Reasonable job is required from all the MPs and in the recent years the glory which was enjoyed in England was something unmatchable. It just requires a bit of investment from the government itself.

A revolution is what they yearn for as far as cycling is concerned. The best practise is what the government yearns for. The government is trying its level best to ensure better promotion and skills of the cycling. It also promotes the sport of cycling in a way as supposed to. Local authorities as well as the House of Commons are trying their best effort to claim what they demand from the cyclist and the youngsters who are keen to take up cycling as a sport.

Better equipments will also be available if the cyclist has good cycles and they handle it in a dignified way. Some of the cyclist cannot afford to purchase expensive cycles and this is where governments role come into the picture. Dire consequences are also felt if the cyclist does not follow the rules as per the norms of the policies.

Froome has no regret being 2nd at Vuelta Espana

The 2014 Tour France might have been a bad experience for the former defending but Froome is again back to his stellar state with the 4th Grand Tour this Sunday. The 2013 Tour France champion declared that he is quite happy and has no regrets with his 2nd position at the Vuelta Espana.

It was Alberto Contador who took away the wining trophy by being ahead of Froome by 70 seconds. Interestingly, both Contador & Froome could not perform at this year’s Tour France given broken tibia & fractured hand and wrist respectively.

Both the riders thus embarked on 2014 Vuelta with considerable question-marks on their overall fitness condition. Whilst Alberto shows a faster recovery, both he & Froome were not in their original stellar fitness in the race.

Froome, who came 2nd & 4th in Vuelta 2011 & 2014 respectively, returned to the 2nd spot in 2014 season post an uneven commencement to the famous Grand Tour of Spain- he lost out on time in team time-trial & even more during mid-race individual racing.

But after that the Sky rider has been steadily rising – however, has been defeated by Contador in most of the occasions.

“I really really gave the race everything I had. He was way better to me”, remarked Froome while approached to speak a few lines at Ancares’ summit finish where he lost out by 15 secs. to the Spaniard.

“I feel that given how I have been able to race here, I could not be with my result this time. I did not know whether I would be fighting for top ten, for the race podium & for the triumph. So, it has really rendered a wealth of motivation to move forward”, added in the eminent Brit cyclist.

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