The Leonard Lee 🚴♂️ Week
Join Leonard in Italy | September 2021
The Very Best of Italian Cycling with Leonard Lee
Daily Guided Rides on a Classic Italian Road Bike
Leonard Lee's Youtube channel is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your cycling regardless of your size, shape or age. Now you can join Leonard as one of just seven guests for a week of guided cycle rides on a top Pinarello bike in Emilia Romagna, Italy and enjoy some exciting cycling terrain together.
Emilia Romagna has an outstanding cycling culture: home to Italy’s original Granfondo, host for three stages of the 2020 Giro d’Italia - as seen on Leonard's YouTube channel - the 2020 UCI World Championships, home to the Italian cycling team coach Davide Cassani and the cycling legend Marco Pantani.
🚴🏻♀️ 🇮🇹 Ride, Eat & Drink with Leonard Lee in Classic Italian Style 🇮🇹 🚴♂️
- ☀️ 8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS & 6 RIDES with Leonard Lee including ...
- Maximum 7 Guests Per Week with Private Group Transfer from Bologna Airport
- Beach-side Bike Hotel with dedicated Bike Room + Pool, Spa & Beach Access
- Super Half Board: Breakfast; Post-Ride Lunch & Dinner with Water & House Wine
- Visit the Marco Pantani Museum, Statue & Marco’s sister piadineria with Leonard
- Daily Guided Rides With Leonard
- BICYCLE & EQUIPMENT: Choice of Top Italian Brands including Pinarello
- PEOPLE ALSO ASK FOR … Non Cycling Partner Package
- DAILY RIDE DISTANCE: From 30km to 140km
- CYCLING SPEEDS: 26Km/h
- DAILY SADDLE TIME: 3h to 5h
- MAXIMUM CYCLE DAYS: 6
- REST DAYS: TO SUIT
This is an outline weekly plan which varies according to weather, the needs and wishes of the group and local events, i.e. the Giro d’Italia does not pass through town every week!
Each evening the cycling notice-board shows the ride plan and options for the following day. This varies and takes into consideration the weather, special events in the area and guests’ needs. You can choose whichever ride best suits you. Each ride shows details of distance, elevation profile and places of interest. Leonard will choose a ride and you may choose to join him or select an alternative ride.
🚌 GROUP TRANSFER FROM BOLOGNA AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL | Departure time to be confirmed. Transfer time c75mins
🍻 18.30: Welcome, Drink & Briefing with our guides and Leonard Lee.
🚴🏻 SUNDAY: Ready to Pedal! Your cycling adventure starts! Cyclists are divided into groups according to choice and preference.
🚴🏻 MONDAY: A ride among beautiful vineyards, medieval castles and cobblestone streets.
🚴🏻 TUESDAY: ROMAGNA ART AND TASTE! The ride includes a visit to a farmhouse in the hills, where we taste typical local cheeses, piadina and desserts with a glass of the local wine.
🚴🏻 WEDNESDAY: Choose your bike tour, and remember, NEVER do the same bike ride twice!
🚴🏻 THURSDAY: is a special ride day: You get to ride to Monteleone, Longiano or Sorrivoli, each a small medieval village with ancient castles where we will have a light lunch in the piazza.
🚴🏻 FRIDAY: A Friday for Lions! This is a special excursion, suitable for cyclists with good legs (alternative rides are available)! It includes an early departure with a minivan equipped with a bicycle rack to access some of the most beautiful places in Romagna and Marche, and then continue by bicycle.
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On a day-to-day basis, this is how your week works …
☀️ 07.30: The perfect start with a healthy cyclists breakfast: Breakfast is not only fuel for your ride, but it is also a culinary moment! Choose from a banquet of fresh, healthy, local food including pastries, fruit and eggs, coffee, juice, yoghurt and more.
🍌 08.30: Bike Check & Prep: Remember to collect your mineral salts and banana in reception while en route to the bike room.
🚴🏻 09.30: Grand Depart: Your group gathers at the hotel entrance, led by the guide and Leonard. We confirm the route details, count that we have everybody and off we go. Get the adrenaline up and the legs pumping.
🍝 c14.00: Return to Hotel: After a 3-5 hours ride your return to the hotel to have a shower and the post-training lunch buffet. You can have lunch until 4,30 pm if you prefer to have a shower or relax before having your meal.
🏊♂️ Up to 19.00: Relax in the spa, on the beach or in the hotel swimming pool: You can unwind in the hotel wellness centre with a sauna, Turkish bath, relax area, whirlpool and a good massage. Or you can relax on the hotel's private beach and enjoy the sunset or settle by the heated and salinised pool.
🍽 19.00-20.30: Dinner: In Italy, the food is so important! You will taste the delicious recipes, made with local and fresh products and enjoy your meal with a glass of Italian wine.
🍻 21:00-23:00: Lounge & Bar: Retreat to the large hotel lounge or outside terrace, take a drink from the bar and talk cycling! That’s what a cycling holiday is all about!
🛌 Sleep Well! It’s time to go to bed for a well-earned rest. A new exciting cycling adventure is waiting for you tomorrow!
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When Leonard visited Emilia Romagna in October 2020, he completed 4 rides and made videos of each ride. The first four itineraries below detail these rides. The following three itineraries are examples of other rides which are available.
Having A Pinarello Experience In Italy
Italy is one of the traditional homes of the sport of cycling and the Italian's love of cycling is world-famous.
With this in mind, I have been fortunate enough to have been invited back to Italy to do another cycling adventure, this time on a Pinarello Prince road bike.
My first of four rides started in the town of Cesenatico which is also famous as being the home town of cycling legend, Marco Pantani and heads off into the hills of the Emilia Romagna region before returning back to our bike hotel on the Adriatic coast.
Along the way, I even get to watch the famous Giro D'Italia bike race.
Check Out this ride on STRAVA
Wine Tasting & Lunch | Giro d'Italia fly by on Stage 11
58.93 Km in the bank of fitness | 2h 38m in the saddle | 317m⬆︎ | Ave Speed 22.4Km/h
Me watching the start of stage 15 of Giro d'Italia in Cervia. The Giro is undoubtedly one of the greatest cycle races on earth. And to get so up close and personal with it was such a great privilege. We got to see the Giro 'live' mid-stage 11 from a roadside vantage point; we watched from the finish of stage 12 line at Cesenatico and the start we stood alongside the start line of stage 13 in Cervia. A wonderful experience!
A Once In A Lifetime Ride At The Giro D'Italia
Along with Le Tour de France and The Vuelta Espana, the Giro D'Italia is one of cycling's three great-grand tours.
Italy itself is a very keen nation of cyclists and are very proud of its cycling heritage.
On this ride, I am lucky enough to not only watch stage 12 of the 2020 Giro, but I also get to cycle the last 35kms of the course.
Check Out this ride on STRAVA
Riding the Giro d'Italia Stage
68.01 Km in the bank of fitness | 3h 18m in the saddle | 662m⬆︎ | Ave Speed 20.6Km/h
"They had even put my name above the finish line of the Giro d'Italia stage 12 in Cesenatico! What a bonkers cycling experience"
Marco Pantani And The Italian Salt Road
This ride starts in the seaside town on Cesenatico and heads off for a pan flat ride along the famous Salt Road. Along the way, we manage to bump into the start of the Giro D'Italia for the third time and see some wild flamingos. Our ride back to town was super fast with a nice strong tailwind, getting us back to the hotel in time for our second adventure of the day paying homage to the great Italian cyclist, Marco Pantani.
We visit the Pantani museum, his tomb and his memorial before having a meal made by his sister.
Check Out this ride on STRAVA
🟥 Watch 'Marco Pantani and The Italian Salt Road'
Salt Pans of Cervia | Flamingos | Marco Pantani
53.90 Km in the bank of fitness | 2h 25m in the saddle | 10m⬆︎ | Ave Speed 22.2Km/h
Cervia is a wonderful surprise. The inland harbour is a delight and you can cycle right through the boat museum. The boats on display used to ship salt and wool throughout the Mediterranean.
Super Bikes & Italian Hills
We rode to the regional town of Cesena and made a quick visit to the Saturday market.
After a quick coffee stop, we climbed through the vines to a small hilltop village and a castle where we had a light, snack lunch.
The ride back to the hotel was fast-paced and we diverted to the coast to return to the hotel.
Check out this ride on STRAVA
🟥 Watch the Video 'Super Bikes & Italian Hills'
Visit to Cesena | Light Lunch in the Castle Piazza | Riding the Dogma F10
61.88 Km in the bank of fitness | 2h 45m in the saddle | 284m⬆︎ | Ave Speed 22.4Km/h
Lunch in the piazza. "I loved the ride from the castle. The descent was fast and on wonderful roads with great views as we dropped back onto the plain."
The Training Climb of Marco Pantani
This is the Pirate’s Mountain.
The beloved and unforgettable Marco Pantani chose Monte Carpegna as his personal ‘gym' and it is here that the greatest climber in the history of cycling prepared for his victories.
6 km from the town of Carpegna, the climb has an average gradient of 10% with the final two kicks at around 12% - Marco named these the ‘Cippo’.
🚴♂️ Marco Pantani, the ‘Pirate’: There are six, seven kilometres with an average gradient of 10%. The last two, below the summit at 1,360 meters above sea level, we call them the 'Cippo' and they are the steepest, at 12%. In that stretch, I use the 39 x 19/21. Of course, this is not a climb like those in the Alps that made me famous. But to train well Carpegna is enough for me."
An Epic Giro d’Italia Stage
Length: 6 Km | Hill start altitude: 734m | End of climb altitude: 1.358 | Elevation: 624m | Average gradient: 10.2% | Max. Gradient: 15% | Recommended ratios: 34 x 28
"...the most challenging climb of the day. It is next. The one that climbs Mount Carpegna ... the Cippo and they are the steepest, at 12%. In that stretch, I use the 39 x 19/21. Of course, this is not a climb like those in the Alps that made me famous. But to train well Carpegna, is enough for me."
The Barbotto & The Mythical Granfondo Nove Colli
The Barbotto is the hardest challenge of the mythical Granfondo Nove Colli, the oldest Granfondo in the world and among the most popular in Italy.
The ascent in total is 5.5 km long and has an average gradient of 6.9%, with an elevation gain of 372 meters: the Barbotto challenges the best.
The climb starts with the first 300 meters on gradients between 9-10%. The road then starts to climb through uneven-gradients, from 6% to 10%. A 39 × 25 is recommended for the notorious and devastating last kilometre of the climb famously known as ‘spauracchio’, which translates as ‘bogeyman’. The first 400 meters has a gradient of 14% and 5 bends. Finally, you arrive at a real ‘wall', with a slope of 18%!
🟥 VIDEO: Nove Colli - Barbotto: THE FINAL KILOMETRE
Beautiful Countryside | World’s First Granfondo route
5.5 km clim | Average gradient: 6.9% | Elevation: 372m | Max. Gradient: 14% | Recommended ratios: 39 x 25
The first Nove Colli: It was 20th May 1971 at 5 o’clock in the morning and there were just 17 cycling pioneers. The start from Bar del Corso, in the harbour of Cesinatico. In 2015, the race hosted 12,000 riders.
Santarcangelo di Romagna: A Slow City with Real Style
Santarcangelo di Romagna is a wonderful medieval village, where good Romagna lifestyle takes president.
Santarcangelo is a ‘Slow City’ and part of the international network of the Cities of Good Living. The typical taverns are very popular with the locals who speak in dialect and enjoy the slow life, surrounded by noble palaces, burgundy houses, alleys and small piazzas that give Santarcangelo di Romagna the title of the 'City of Art.'
Stop for a coffee in the beautiful Piazza Centrale Ganganelli. Don't forget to pass under the Arco Ganganelli, to you some additional good fortune!
Santarcangelo di Romagna | Piazza Centrale Ganganelli | Emilia Romagna Countryside
From Short & Very Easy to Moderate Routes available
The central Piazza of Santarcangelo di Romagna is breathtaking! It is so relaxing, it consumes you as you roll into the square, unclip and glide to a halt next to a cafe chair, prop-up the bike, pull off your gloves and sit - see the video below. The Giro came though here in 2020. To see the roads lined with pink decorations, was a sight to behold!
AN INVITATION from Leonard Lee
“... an Italian Cycling Experience to share with the Leonard Lee YouTube Channel viewers”
My cycling experience in Italy last year with Inspired ITALY really opened my eyes!
I have cycled in Mallorca, Spain and France but this was my first time cycling in Italy and it turned out to be very special.
Inspired ITALY and I have worked to create an Italian Cycling Experience to share with the Leonard Lee YouTube Channel viewers, based around my visit to Emilia Romagna last October.
We will run two back to back cycling weeks for 7 guests to join me each week in September 2021 so that we can ride together and experience this great cycling area.
The full details of the trip are shown below including my STRAVA logs and all four videos from my visit last October.
If you have any questions, do get in touch with Inspired ITALY.
Hope to see you there and thanks for watching!
Leonardo, The Jolly Good Velo
A Pinarello Experience In Italy
In October 2020, Inspired ITALY invited me to experience cycling in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. It just so happened that this coincided with the Giro d'Italia passing through the area.
I rode a Pinarello Prince each day from our 'bike hotel' base in Cesinatico. We did four rides during which we watched the Giro d'Italia and the GIRO'e d'Italia while taking in the local ambience including visiting the museum and tomb of cycling legend Marco Pantani. We also tasted the local wines and sampled the food and enjoyed wonderful cycle routes and I made four videos of my visit.
🟥 Watch all Leonard's Emilia Romagna vidoes
Throw your leg over a Pinarello
Riding in Small Guided Groups
Words by Tim Hudson, founder, director and principal ski & bike leader at Inspired ITALY: “I had always wanted to ride a Pinarello in Italy. It truly lived up to every possible expectation!” Tim recalls.
“Most of the time we rode with 8, 9 or 10 in the group including Leonard and I. The pace was good and on occasion, the guide allowed me to take the lead and adjust the pace. We rode to the salt plains and saw the flamingos wading in the lagoons, we found the best road-side vantage points to watch the passing Giro d’Italia on stage 12; we stood at the top of one of the toughest local climbs to watch the GIRO’e ride through on stage 13. We visited historic towns, ate endless amounts of really wonderful food and sipped on local wines at the hotel and on various lunchtime ride stop-overs. One of my best ever cycling experiences!”
Emilia Romagna | A Home for Italian Cycling
Giro Stages | Grandfondos | Marco Pantani | 2020 UCI World Championships
Emilia Romagna’s cycling pedigree is unquestionable. There are few places on earth that offer such a great blend of near-perfect cycling terrain – oodles of flat, fast and low-traffic roads or head south to the hills and some epic routes taking in the climbs of the iconic Apennine mountains.
This is why cycling is popular here and in 2020 the world turned to Emilia Romagna to rescue the professional cycling calendar! The Giro had three stages here and the UCI turned to Modena to host the delayed 2020 UCI World Championships. Did you see it on TV? If not, watch the video below…
🟥 VIDEO: Watch Men’s Elite Road Race Highlights | 2020 UCI World Championships from Modena, Emilia Romagna
Pinarello Does Something Profoundly Italian
What Makes a Pinarello so special?
Their tangible dedication to handling, ride feeling and liveliness.
Pinarello does something profoundly Italian, respecting the history of cycling as a sport through the creation of racing bicycles that are new and technologically advanced with the highest aesthetic values, whilst driving your riding pleasure.
🌑 BIKE MODELS | Pinarello Dogma F12 or Dogma F10 | Pinarello Prince | Pinarello Nytro | Pinarello Andromeda
All bikes are equipped with cyclometer, 1 bottle cage, tyres. All bikes are maintained to the highest possible standards, to ensure you enjoy the very best riding experience. And at the end of your stay, when you have fallen in love with the bike you have rented, you can buy it at a very competitive price and the rent is free!
“I thoroughly enjoyed my week in Cesenatico 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.”
The Leonard Lee 🚴♂️ Week
🔵 ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No. We can support you with flight information and guidance but please book your own flight. The destination airport is ‘Bologna’.
🔵 ARE AIRPORT TRANSFERS PROVIDED?
Yes. There is a group transfer included in the price. Details to follow.
🔵 CAN I UPGRADE MY ROOM?
Yes. Just let us know your preferences and we will check availability and prices.
🔵 WHAT CAN I DO IF I CAN’T MAKE THE AIRPORT TRANSFER TIMES?
There are various transport options from the airport to the destination hotel, including private taxi, train and bus. We will help you with the details.
🔵 HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO TAKE PART IN THE CYCLING WITH LEONARD LEE WEEK?
The Cycling with Leonard Lee Week is designed to suit riders of all abilities. It is recommended that put in some preparation work in advance so that you get the most from the week. Remember, there are six rides over six days. Of course, you can choose to take a rest day at any time. Each day yo choose from three or four different routes/itineraries to suit your ability.
🔵 CAN I BRING MY FAMILY/CHILDREN/SIGNIFICANT OTHER WHO DOESN’T CYCLE?
Yes, definitely! Contact us with the details and we will happily make the necessary arrangements.
🔵 WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND?
You may cancel your reservation at any time. Whilst our terms and conditions apply, we always take a pragmatic view and always endeavour to find the best solution for both parties.
🔵 CAN SOMEONE TAKE MY PLACE?
Yes. If you cannot attend and you transfer the booking to someone else that’s fine! So long as we are fully informed.
🔵 CAN I HIRE A BIKE?
Yes, in fact, it is better to do this rather than bringing your own bike. We will provide you with a lot of bikes and prices.
🔵 DO I NEED SPECIAL INSURANCE?
It is a condition of booking that you have in place comprehensive travel insurance to cover cycling insurance to cover your bike (even though it is rented), luggage, plus personal accident and injury.
🔵 DO I NEED TO WEAR A HELMET?
It is highly recommended that you wear a helmet.
🔵 WHAT KIT DO I NEED?
A full kit list is sent to you well in advance of the event.
Other Inspired ITALY Guided Cycling Adventures
“... definitely go for a guided option. Tim’s knowledge of the area is sublime and he always has a random fact or story about wherever you are. He just makes the whole trip even better Can’t wait to come back again.”
“..definitely go for a guided option. Tim’s knowledge of the area is sublime and he always has a random fact or story about wherever you are. He just makes the whole trip even better. Can’t wait to come back again.”Calvin Booker | Raleigh Bicycles, UK
“Tim [the guide] actually rode with us, pointing out lots of very interesting fact and figures along the way. All our luggage was transported between hotels so all we had to carry were the things we needed for the ride”Leonard Lee | Club Cyclist & Youtuber
“... a wonderful experience and I would have no hesitation recommending Inspired Italy to anyone thinking of a cycling holiday in Italy.”Leonard Lee | Club Cyclist & YouTuber
“I thoroughly enjoyed my week in Cesenatico 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, Cycling & Giro d’Italia Experience in Emilia Romagna
“I am a fairly experienced cyclist but I've never ridden an e-bike so had no idea what to expect. My inner roadie wanted to do the climbs without assistance. But it was just easier to use the motor to push you up the many Tuscan hills and enjoy the views and the ride rather than push yourself to exhaustion. The routes varied from a relatively easy 45 km/700 metres vertical to a challenging 100km/1300 metres.”My First Ever Ride on an Electric Bike by Leonard Lee