His specialty: Road cycling, Cycling, Triathlon
Experiences / Races: We organise long trips, similar to the ‘Cammino di Santiago’ by bike. Longer and more involved trips. I’m not concerned with only the competition, but also with offering other experiences addressing the cultural element.
Km traveled each year: 15.000 km
Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish
Face to face with the guide
What qualities should a good guide have?
Patience, being able to appreciate what we have and to showcase the beauty that we have here. He must also know how to interpret other people’s emotions and relay them back to the cyclists.
What do you think of Riccione Bike Hotels?
The idea is certainly brilliant, but I would add something more; the hotels should organise themselves so as to provide short day trips to see, for example, the great art cities. Each year they should come up with a new programme intended to show the cyclists to various cities.
What do Riccione cyclists love?
They love the fact that from there you can engage any type of cycling track: flats, mountains, hills, everything is close by.
What is your style as a cycling guide? Do you enjoy “setting the pace” or do you adjust the pace to suit the skill level of the other tourists who are enjoying the Romagna region and its landscape?
I always try to make everyone happy and to respect everybody. I try to create emotion and if they are struggling to get up the hill, we wait. I engage in a friendlier and familial way, we listen to the person’s needs even if this means getting through less kilometres.
Would you like to tell us of a day out / a track (in Romagna) which you particularly enjoyed (which are different from the ones we already offer)?
A trip from Rimini to Averna along the trail of St. Francis, and we stop over at St. Francis’ convent at Verucchio.
In your opinion, who are the most prepared cyclists? And the nicest?
Cyclists which come here to work out engage in very long itineraries. We receive groups of Austrians, triathletes for example (men and women) which come here to practice and simply chew kilometres.
Is there an anecdote or a story of an excursion with guests you would like to share?
I remember a group of Swedish a couple of years ago who wanted to climb the Cippo, even if it was very early for this kind of track. The group wanted to get there and, not yet satisfied, went down the other side. The huge effort was compensated by the drive they had to see the Cippo and their passion for cycling.
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