Freewheel Holidays Experience
I was invited by Freewheel Holidays to experience one of their cycling trips in Italy with my partner Marc.
“It’s a self-guided cycling holiday so you’d better get practising on a bike,” he casually threw into the conversation.
Cycling?! I’d not been on a bike for at least twenty years and all I could think about was the time that I hurtled over the handle bars as an accident-prone child.
Padded Lycra cycling shorts packed, we jetted off to beautiful Venice.
On the first day of our cycling tour we were driven by minibus to the peaks of Italy’s magnificent mountain range, The Dolomites. The scenery was breath-taking.
Our three-day cycling trip would take us along the Adige River from its source in Passo Resia on the Austrian-Swiss-Italian border.
Thankfully for us novices, the route was mainly downhill, flat and along a cycle path.
As the sun blazed down on us, we peddled 50km through historical villages, past picturesque lakes and enchanting woodland. We took our time soaking up the stunning sights.
The next day our destination down the river was to the spa town of Merano. This was a slightly shorter ride of about 24 miles. (I never thought I’d hear myself say that sentence!) The rain was torrential and surprisingly refreshing – we loved cycling in the downpour, it was our favourite day.
We turned up at our hotel looking like a pair of drowned rats, a little saddle sore and ready for some delicious Italian fayre. And the local restaurant, a family run trattoria, did not disappoint. The whole salt-baked seabass was incredible.
The terrain flattened on the last day. South Tyrol is a wine making region and we cycled past acres of beautiful vineyards. Somehow we resisted going on a tasting tour – the cycling had us hooked.
The trip ended with the final night in Venice, where we had the chance to eat out and meander through the city’s bustling streets and ancient alleys.
Since we’ve been back we’ve bought bikes and are looking at booking our next trip.
It was magical.