Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gran Fondo Ciclotour Mugello

Today's Ciclotour Mugello was another phenomenal cycling experience with 8 team members,which started in Scarperia, in the Mugello region of northern Tuscany. Lia and Lorenzo organized the transport of people and bikes, and made it possible for me to be there.

The ride started in a fascinating location, on the Mugello Circuit, the Autodromo Internazionale di Mugello, which is is one of the most famous motorcycle race circuits in the world, and is used for Formula One testing. Cycling on this circuit was a unique and exhilirating experience. There were more than 500 participants.

Riding through this region gave me an opportunity to experience an area of Tuscany that is relatively unvisited. The Mugello has a striking natural beauty and a diverse landscape, which goes from rolling plains to hills and to mountains. It was a very hot day, which ended with a final killer climb in the exhausting heat. However, immediately before the climb...what else....a rest stop....which offered panini, prosciutto, formaggio, pane, fruit....and just for the heck of it....a power drink. Che bella vita!