Cycling isn’t just a sport to me, it’s my passion. It was an essential therapy that helped get me through a low period in my life. Some years ago, during this period, I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time when an opportunity presented itself that both helped me and, ultimately, thousands of cyclists to experience one of the greatest events in the world of our wonderful sport.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you – for the Maratona entry & all your amazing organising. I loved the day despite the weather! Hope I will be back again soon. Hope you have a safe trip back.
Hi Ian, just wanted to say a huge thank you to you the event organisers and all the great people I had the pleasure of meeting this last few days. Words can’t describe how breathtaking it all is, and I’m so very grateful to have been given the opportunity. Look forward to riding again sometime, hope all goes well for all your future ventures and hopefully we’ll meet at Maratona again.
Just wanted to thank you for our entry to such a wonderful event. I will definitely look to return next year and possibly even before then, as the area is just so stunning for cycling.
Thanks for all your brilliant organising as ever – definitely the best year ever! Can you put Russ and me down for next year please as we can’t wait to come back! Xx
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising everything. It was an incredible experience, and you did a great job in getting everyone ready for the big day!
Very briefly I wanted to thank you so much for your magnificent organisational skills. It was a great event and I shall never forget the day. I hope to do it again in the future too.
Over the years I’ve met some wonderful people doing this job and I’d like to make a few recommendations.
Ostaria Posta is probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in, and I’ve stayed in a lot! This family run operation at the heart of the Dolomites is perfectly located for cycling, skiing and hiking. Paolo will give you the most amazing routes, whatever your activity, and his son Philipp, a somellier, will advise the very best wines to compliment the truly wonderful food prepared by the rest of the family. Once you have experienced Posta you will definitely return. Check out their website:
Serre Des Ormes is a cycling/hiking bed and breakfast in the glorious Meouge Valley, just 40 kms from Mont Ventoux. Kate and Paul will give you as much or as little attention as you require. They will send you off on a route, or accompany you, and then treat you to a glorious home cooked feast at the end of your day.
Pav Bryan is a cycling coach who’s helped a lot of riders achieve their goals. Whatever your level, if you need help deciding what’s best for you then I can wholeheartedly recommend Pav.
Marco Mori runs Gusto Cycling. His Sheffield based organisation does a similar thing for the retro L’Eroica event to what I do for Maratona. Whether you’re interested in Eroica Britannia or the original Tuscan event then Marco is the man to speak to.