The Bryan Steel & Molini Freeride Ultimate
'Alps to the Med'
Italian Cycling Experience
Bored with using the usual overcrowded cycling destinations? Time for a change?
Then join Bryan Steel, 4 time's Olympian and 2 times Olympic cycling medallist in this NEW and fully inclusive ROUGH, RAW and REWARDING chaperoned and mentored cycling challenge in the UNTAPPED Italian Maritime Alps.
- Enjoy a fully inclusive week to remember on the quiet, untouched, historic routes ranging between the Mediterranean coastal roads to the high mountains of the Alps which only the top Italian & Continental pro rider's use.
- Enjoy an Individualised cycling structured development programme as well as experiencing our fully escorted and unique cultural experience.
- Enjoy a home from home as Mark and Julie look after you in the beautiful, medieval village of Molini di Triora.
- Enjoy a different daily cycling challenge which culminates in our presentation dinner with 'jerseys' awarded for individual achievers.
- Enjoy small, exclusive group sizes, quiet roads, home cooking, fun and challenges with this unique opportunity perfect for cycling groups or corporate team building.
Molini di Triora is situated in the Maritime Alps just 25km from San Remo on the Italian Riviera, close to Monaco and Nice on the French border.
Ride along the route of the famous classic Milan-San Remo bike race, climbing the Cipressa and the ultimate hill, the Poggio or inland tackle the Passo Teglia at almost 1400m with breathtaking views of the sea and on crystal clear days the distant island of Corsica.
Across the valley and beyond is a panoramic view of the French Alps which form a natural geographic barrier from the cold climate of northern Europe and the warmer Mediterranean. Higher still is Colle Melosa at 1540m.
In the isolated medieval villages and settlements, some with roots back to Neolithic times you will be amazed at the genuine warmth of the local mountain folk. After the traditional evening aperitivo, such as prosecco, the lively sparkling white wine of Italy at one of the pavement cafes, dine with Bryan Steel and Molini Freeride in the local restaurants and you too will be accepted as one of the family. The cooks love to see their guests enjoying the wonderful home cooking, with dishes such as wild boar or venison when in season. Virtually all the vegetables & fruit are sourced from local family 'ortos' or allotments. Taste the sunshine in a sticky blue fig accompanying a stagionata/well seasoned local cheese. Local wines, can be excellent too, and there are also the famous Barolos, Nebbiolos, Chiantis etc from neighbouring provinces as well as craft brewery ales.
ONLY 5 'experiences' are available in 2013, and these include week starting 21st of March, 20th of April, 18th of May, 14th of September and the 19th of October. 1 'Experience' per group min 10 max 15.
(This can be customized to suit your exact needs)
Greetings, coffee or aperitivo. Unpack bikes with a short ride of a few kilometres.
Dinner at the 100 year old, Santo Spirito famous for its wholesome cooking.
Relaxed 3-hour ride down to the coast taking the lower road of the valley. Along to San Remo and then climb the gentle gradient of the Poggio. Down the twisting hairpins and a café stop overlooking the super yachts in the Porto Sole harbour. Ride back up the valley to Molini. Lunch at Molini followed by a Bryan Steel Masterclass.
An optional visit to the witch museum in Triora and then a short familiarisation walk around the village visiting points of interest.
meal Santo Spirito famous for its wholesome cooking over 100 years with a dining room packed with nostalgic artefacts and vintage radios, a few of which donated by Mark.
A 4 hours ride down to the coast, this time taking the higher road of the valley. Riding next to the Mediterranean sea, then up the Cipressa again featured on the Milan San Remo. Back along the coast road and then swing up to Terzorio and along to Pompeiana just inland with superb views of the sea. Back to Taggia, an ancient Roman town, a café stop and then back up the valley to Molini.
Relaxing activities in the village, such as an optional escorted visit to the agricoltura at Agaggio Superiore where Luigi will explain how wine is made with a visit to his vineyard and cantina with tasting session, and a chance to buy some of his local produce.
Aperitvo at the Banco del Vino situated in the historic centre of Badalucco. Evening Meal Ristorante il Ponte at Badalucco, the centre of the local olive oil industry and noted for its Festa Stocafisu.
Big day of 5 hours taking in the climb from Badalucco to Vignai, onto Baiardo and then dropping into Dolceaqua. Climbing back past Pigna, past the thermal springs, up to Col Langan and then higher still to Col Melosa and the mountain refuge. Back down to Molini for a well deserved aperitivo.
Optional Yoga class with Julie, to ease those aches and relax.
Dinner at Santo Spirito.
East day with 3 hours straightforward ride along coast with van assistance if required after yesterday's tough day. Pass through Ventimiglia, the Italian frontier town famous for its market and onto Menton (France) with its superb sweeping bay, the jewel of the Mediterranean and then Monaco, the tiny independent principality.
Relaxing activities in the village or a visit to the olive oil museum at Badalucco where the rightly famous Taggiascan olive is king.
Dinner with Pino & Maria at Baladi for an Italian Feast in the forest.
Climbing the scenic Passo Teglia 1400m, and then Col d'Oggia, past Monte Grande, scene of an epic battle in 2nd world war when the local resistance defeated the Germans.
Rest or relax with Julie's yoga class.
Aperitivo at the café bar and then pizza at Triora.
Ride down to the coast, along to Imperia, created when Mussolini twinned the small towns of Porto Maurizio and Oneglia, and over the various 'capi' or headlands towards Savona. Long 4/5 hours ride flat along the coast (Genoa).
Pack up ready for return
Celebration dinner at Santo Spirito in the evening with awards ceremonies.