Road Cycling in Italy for the Middle Aged Cyclist

Good Rides that are Great for Your Heart!

If you are a Moderate Cyclist in Midlife Who Doesnโ€™t Get Hung Up on Strava KOMโ€™s But Wants To Notch Up Your Performance, to Add Health to the Years of Your Life and To Feel Really Good About Your Cycling, Then It May Turn Out That You Want to Book this Holiday

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Ride Hard, Ride Fast and Stay Healthy!


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I Love Road Cycling in Italy Because I am a Middle Aged Cyclist

“Sometime after turning 55 I could see life in my rearview mirror and it seemed to be catching up with me.”

by Tim Hudson

Tim stbading on the finish line of stage 13 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia


I have always been active, well nearly always.

But now it seems that I need to get more active and to take a little more care.

In the last few years both my parents passed away and they were only 23 years older than me. Coincidentally I had my blood pressure checked around the same time and it was a tad high, my cholesterol was okay-ish and I was overweight, despite my activities, so I decided to change a few things.

And one of those things was a wonderful Lapierre Xelius SL600 carbon road bike - a present to myself for my 60th birthday. This was the first road bike that I had owned in many a long year and my first ever carbon bike!

I really fell in love with my bicycle and not just riding it but riding it hard. I rather surprised myself!

Other changes mean that I do my best to stick to a plant-based diet, I ski with guests for 3 months every winter and ride my bike in the summer. When I can I love to swim in the sea. So all good! But then I read the Midlife Cyclist by Phil Cavell after a guest recommended it [thanks Stephen].

Itโ€™s about keeping healthy for longer.

Itโ€™s about a personal challenge, riding a little faster, a bit further and maybe taking on rides that you wouldnโ€™t normally consider.

Itโ€™s exploring your older body and having a good heart!

So that's what this cycling holiday is about, people like me, middle-aged health and good rides that are great for your heart.

If you'd like know more or book this holiday, do get in touch.



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  • Maximum 14x Cycling Guests Per Week
  • On Ride Coaching by Resident Coach, Roberto
  • ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Personal FTP Test & Analysis
  • Ride Varied Terrain: Mountains, Flat & Time Trial
  • Non-Cycling Activities ... ๐Ÿ•Pizza Making +๐ŸทWine Tasting + ๐Ÿ˜ŽTours
  • Post Ride Discussions, Talks & Stories
  • Exclusive Country Hotel with Pool & Spa ๐Ÿ‘™
  • Super Half Board: Breakfast; Post-Ride Lunch & Dinner with Water & House Wine ๐Ÿฅ‚
  • Full Service Bike Facilities & Storage โš™๏ธ
  • Based on the Tuscany Umbria border ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • Inspired ITALY Cycling Jersey ๐Ÿ‘•
  • ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ PARTNER PROGRAM: Ask about the None-Cycling Partner Program from ยฃ976


  • ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป CYCLE DAYS: Up to 6
  • ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ DAILY RIDES From 30Km to 100km+
  • ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’จ CYCLING SPEEDS: 25Km/h to 30Km/h on flat ground
  • โฑ DAILY SADDLE TIME: 3h to 5h
  • - Time Trial
  • - Climbing & Descending
  • - Long Rides
  • READ INSPIRED ITALY's 100+ 5โญ๏ธ GUEST REVIEWS ON Tripadvisorย &ย Google.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my week and can highly recommend experiencing Italy to anyone looking for a cycling holiday, and I'm hoping to book another holiday with them next year.”

Alan Parkinson, Road Cycling in Italy

“ confidence grew; and, though I had been a bit worried about the longest ride, by the end of that day, I didnโ€™t want the 100km ride to end.”

Barbara Stanley

“We are reasonably keen, but โ€˜matureโ€™ leisure cyclists and at first we were a little apprehensive about our abilities. Tim and Roberto gave us advice and encouragement so that we were able to pace ourselves and complete each of the daily rides with confidence.”

Graham Stanley

“This was my first cycle holiday and canโ€™t be more positive about the equipment, route planning and guiding. Thank you Tim and Roberto for being wonderful hosts.”

Andrew Le Poidevin



8:00 Breakfast & Briefing

8:30 Bike & Ride Prep

9:00 Depart for Daily Ride

c13:00/14:30 Return to Hotel & Lunch

14:30 to 19:00 Relax & Recover - Pool, Spa, Relax

19.00-20.30: Dinner



EASY: Cittร  di Castello

Good-paced flat ride through the Umbrian valleys of Niccone and Upper Tiber.

We stop for a light Sunday lunch and refuel in the heart of Citta di Castello before returning.


Mainly Flat Valley Ride with a good pace to warm up the week


72.7Km; Ascent 692m with no CATEGORISED climbs; Lowest point 247m highest 318m

The roads around the Tuscany Umbria borders offer quiet country cycling and a wide variety of terrain from long steady climbs to long flat valleys wrapped in a moderate Mediterranean climate.

TIME TRIAL: Niccone Valley Loop

The Niccone Valley has a perfect 13.2Km road circuit to explore your Time Trial skills.

A pre-event ride around the course to offer tips and advice on how to use aero bars and how to get the best out of your body and bike.

We provide clip-on aero bars for you if you wish.



  • Sprintingย 
  • Get the Best from Your Gears
  • Pacing
  • Group Riding Techniquesย 
    • Riding a Pace Line
    • Drafting
    • Riding in a group with crosswind/headwind


๐Ÿ”ด Check out the Niccone Valley Time Trial Course hereย 



Individual and Team Time Trial


Description โ€ฆ Flat, right had loop course. Distance โ€ฆ 13.2Km Height Gain โ€ฆ 80mโ†—๏ธŽ Estimated Ride Time โ€ฆ 27m 51s

This is a unique opportunity to experience rides that we can only dream about. It's a huge amount of fun!

Lake Loop

As the name suggests the Lake Loop is largely flat & fast, but with two categorised climbs at 16 & 71km this ride has enough spice!


The 2021 Giro d'Italia Wine Stage used part of this route.


Spectacular views throughout this ride and with a lot of flat terrains to test your speed.



  • Riding Out of the saddle
  • Climbs
  • Sprints
  • Looking BACK & Riding One-Handed
  • Fueling - Eating and Drinking
  • Balance
  • Get the Best from your Gears
  • Pedalling Technique
  • The Right Cadence


๐Ÿ”ด Check out the Lake Loop here.

๐Ÿ”ด Watch the Giro 2021 Wine Stage here.



Lake Views, Coffee in Castiglione del Lago; Tales of Hannibal.


Distance โ€ฆ 84.54Km Height Gain โ€ฆ 1,198mโ†—๏ธŽ Average Speed โ€ฆ 25km/h Estimated Ride Time โ€ฆ 2h 52m

Cycling around this wonderful natural feature is delightful. Lake Trasimeno is a hidden gem of the Tuscany Umbria countryside and is perfect cycling terrain.

MODERATE: San Leo Climb

Pretty much aย  sustained 23Km climb plus a c6.5Km climb to finish!

Dig in and grind this one out! Long climbs are the making of a good cyclist. This is one of the longest in the area.




  • Riding out of the saddle
  • Looking BACK & Riding One Handed
  • Get the Best from Your Gears
  • Pedalling Technique
  • The Right Cadence


  • Cornering
  • Breakingย 
  • Emergency stop
  • Skidding
  • Rider Position
  • Fueling - Eating and Drinking
  • Bike Balance
  • Pacing


๐Ÿ”ด Check out the San Leo Climb here.


Val di Chiana vistas; Coffee in Cortona.


Distance โ€ฆ 84.54Km Height Gain โ€ฆ 1,198mโ†—๏ธŽ Estimated Ride Time โ€ฆ 2h 52m

Former pro-cyclist and legendary Italian domestique Alessandro Vanotti rides these roads with us as part of his Cycling Master Class. Look elsewhere on the website for more information. The Giro and the Tirreno-Adriatico came through the region in 2021.

MODERATE: Montone 1000/100+

Largely Flat & fast with one easy categorised climb. Montone is worth the effort.

This fast-paced ride has two climbs only one of which is categorised. That said, you'll bag a hefty 1,350m vertical today.



Group Riding

  • Moving up in a group
  • Riding a paceline
  • Drafting
  • Riding in a Cross/headwind


๐Ÿ”ด Check out the Montone 1000/100 here.



Quiet country roads & a stop in the Piazza at Montone.


Distance โ€ฆ 104.50Km Height Gain โ€ฆ 1,350mโ†—๏ธŽ Estimated Ride Time โ€ฆ 3h 10m

Breaking the 100km mark for your first time or the first time in a while is hugely satisfying. Let us help you do it! we know the roads, we know the terrain.

HARD: The Fiorentino Peaks

Flat-Climb-Descend [Repeat x3).

Tough day!



  • Fueling - Eating and Drinking
  • Pacing
  • Descending
  • Group Riding
  • Climbing


๐Ÿ”ด Check out The Fiorentino Peaks ride here.



Quiet country roads & a stop in the Piazza at Montone.


Distance โ€ฆ 90.4Km Height Gain โ€ฆ 1496mโ†—๏ธŽ Estimated Ride Time โ€ฆ 4h 15m

Riding through rural Italy on quiet country roads is good for your heart! Locals wave as you pass, bar owners dig deep into the fridge for the coolest water, and the climbs are rewarded by the most outstanding views.

Area Map

You Focus on your Cycling: With the Super Half Board & Non-Cycling Partner Activities

Give Yourself More Time in the Saddle

The Non-Cycling Partner Program & Super Half Board free you of daily chores meaning more time to relax and ride


Eat well and healthily, take time to relax and allow yourself time to focus on your ride.

This is what Super Half Board means. And if you wish to bring a non-cycling partner, do so because we have a week of really great shared experiences.

The decks are cleared and you can focus on your next ride.

A great hotel and the perfect environment to rest and relax after your daily rides

โ€ฆ And Even More Time to Rest

Rest is key and is why good training camps work.


The right amount of rest and recovery allows your body to benefit from your training efforts.

Take the afternoon by the pool, head to the spa or just relax in the sunshine.ย 

Ride more and rest well – it’s key.

Cycling under the Tuscan Sun

Mediterranean Weather

Cycling in rural Italy is delightful.


That is why in 2021 the Tirreno Adriatico and the 2021 Giro dโ€™Italia came through here.

The Mediterranean climate of central Italy means warm air, sunshine, and little wind. A perfect cycling environment.

And with warmer weather come the benefits of less clothing and a significantly reduced risk of catching a virus or cold!

Our longest climb is 23Km

Longer Climbs for Better Training

The terrain is critical to a good cycling training camp.


The foothills of Italy’s backbone, the Appennine mountain range provide ample opportunity for cyclists to engage in long challenging climbs.

And for you, the greater the amount of time you spend on longer climbs the longer you maintain your training zone sweet spot which in turn, helps you improve your power to weight ratio.

We have many categorised climbs for you to test yourself during your week with us.

Understanding your numbers helps you train. This is much more than an FTP.

Don't Blow Your Biscuit!

Know Your Numbers!


What if you knew, I mean, if you really understood how you ride your bike?

If someone could show you in the simplest of terms how your physical effort is transferred into your bike, it would help you train, become a better rider and improve your cycling enjoyment no end!

The Magnetic Days Autotest [FTP] measures your…

CADENCE (Revolution Per Minute) | PEDAL FORCEย  in Newton/meters |ย  MOMENTS of RESISTANCEย  |ย ย HEART RATE

… all of which add up to yourย POWER = Watt.

We all have different riding styles and no doubt we can all improve our fitness and techniques. But then, we are all different, have different bikes, ride different terrains etc. But the way you apply your body through the pedals and into the bike is the only way to power it and the better you are at it, the greater your enjoyment.

Take the test and understand far more about your body, how you apply your power and ride for longer.

Good Rides that are Great for Your Heart!



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Your adventure includes:

  • โ˜€๏ธ 8 Days, 7 Nights, 6 Great Rides through Rural Italy
  • Super Half Board: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ๐Ÿ
  • ๐ŸšŒ Private Taxi Transfer From & To Pisa & Firenze Airports
  • ๐Ÿจ Bike Hotel with Exclusive use including Private Pool & Spa
  • ๐Ÿ’ช FTP Test & Results Analysis
  • โฑ Time Trial Experience
  • Non-Cycling Activities ....
  • ๐Ÿ• Pizza Evening
  • ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿท EXCURSION: Local Food & Wine Tasting at I Girasoli di Sant'Andrea
  • ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ EXCURSION: An evening in Preggio with dinner
  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Guided Daily Group Rides
  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Inspired ITALY Cycling Jersey
  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Water, Mineral Salts & Banana for Your Rides
  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ GPX Files of your Rides
  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Bike Room
  • WELLNESS SPA for 2 hours per day
  • Fitness Room ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ ๐Ÿ’ช
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