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…


A new Macklin Motors Dealership has recently been opened by Vertu in Glasgow.

At the same time, they in partnership with Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids, launched a charity so as to help support some of the most vulnerable kids in the city.

The ongoing partnership was started by the organization as the grand opening of its new dealership on Port Dundas Road said to be worth about £5 million.

At that night, Macklin was able to raise a total of £29,760 for the charity. Last year, the money raised was also used in supporting no less than 50,769 children in the locality.

It was able to raise this whooping sum by auctioning off a brand new Nissan Juke which was donated by Nissan, a HOY bike and a cycling Jersey signed by Sir Chris Hoy who was there in his capacity as a brand ambassador of Nissan, and a stay at the luxurious Lartington Hall hotel.

Macklin Motors Nissan Glasgow Central will go on to hold further fundraising events throughout the year 201y7, while also backing the awareness campaigns of the charity. Read more »


Roman Kreuziger has expressed his hopes that his former boss Oleg Tinkov, who is now retire will one day return to professional cycling and oversee another team.

The professional has shown admiration for his former boss, describing him as a man with a good heart and full of creative ideas that will have positive impact in the future of cycling.

‘I liked how he treated people’ remarked Kreuziger who recently moved to Orica Scott rider.

Kreuziger had a dramatic time, highlighted by many ‘heavy discussions’ during the period he rode for Tinkov’s Russian team. However, speaking with Cycling News, the rider has admitted that, though there has been many heated discussions between him and Tinkov, he still have high regard for his former boss.

“Anyone can think what they want but I really liked him. We definitely had some discussions, some heavy and some light but every time you understand what he wants or what he needs,” Kreuziger recently disclosed. Read more »

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.

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