Sunday, June 22, 2014

Riding in Rimini

Diane and I rode 6 days straight, Lisa rode 5 days with a single day off in the middle.  By far the most that any of us had ridden over a short period of time, and it was fantastic.

The rides would take most of the morning, starting between 8:30 and 9:00 and finishing between 1:00 and 2:00.  Each day started leaving Rimini, peaked with a big climb in the middle of the ride, and hanging out with the locals at a hilltop cafe followed by a fast downhill and ride back to Rimini.

Salvatore (our main guide) earned his nickname - Pinocchio as he couldn't tell the truth about the number of km or climbs for any given day.  In reality he was telling us what we needed to hear to get out on the road.  In the end, the rides were challenging but within our ability.

He also did a great job of making the rides progressively harder throughout the week with more climbing and more k.

The exception was our last ride which was easy and fun, (except for one super-steep climb).  Instead of stopping in a small town we stopped at a local winery for a wine tasting.

The small winery was family owned, completely organic, and even made their own liqueurs.

Overall, it was a really fantastic week and we all agreed that we want to go and do it again.  Hopefully you'll come with us next time :-)

1 comment:

Heather said...

looks like a fantastic trip!