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Tour de Lucca 2019 – What Our Guests Say

How I discovered LuccaSmiles all round

Lucca had always been on my cycling and travel bucket list since my wife, Jo had visited a couple of times as part of a cycling / yoga trip. She had enjoyed some daily bike tours in Tuscany with Paladino and the professionals at ChronoPlus and thought it would be right up my alley.
As an avid amateur cyclist based in Brooklyn, New York where the roads are like pancakes the thought of climbing some challenging Tuscan hills definitely had wet my appetite.
I booked with ChronoPlus for the last tour of the 2019 season in late October for the Lucca Bike Tour.
Then the countdown and my serious training began with most weekends spent in upstate New York getting my legs in climbing gear.

My bike tour in Lucca with ChronoPlus

Enjoying the group rideOn arrival I was greeted at the airport by Gabriele and Max and instantly felt in the company of old friends as we made the short car ride into town discussing cycling and coffee – my two passions.
The bike fit out was perfect and the Pinarello felt like an armchair that needed some tiny adjustments.
Monday was a nice short warm up ride to allow us to make these adjustments.
Tuesday was the first serious test of the week with a ride up Monte Serra. My climbing style on a bike can be described as a turtle and I maintained a slow and steady pace following Paladino, Gabriele and Giacomo up the switchbacks before enjoying the thrilling descent towards the outskirts of Pisa and back to Lucca.
The cycling vacation just got better as the week progressed.
Wednesday was a private ride up the royal summit of Pizzorne with Paladino.
Thursday a wet, windy but enjoyable gravel ride we dubbed the “Strade Bianche of Lucca”.
Friday we were joined by our U.S friend Ryan and former Pro cycllist Jan Wynants for a seaside ride to Viareggio.
Saturday was an epic grand finale ride in the Apuane Alps.
Afternoons and nights were spent walking and photographing beautiful Lucca.
Meals were at traditional trattorias and it was a privilege to spend time with Gabriele, Paladino, Max, partners and friends.

Let the countdown begin…

Great memoriesIt has been some weeks since I settled back into NYC life after a wonderful time in Lucca.
Now the countdown begins to 2020 and which ChronoPlus cycling tour I will book myself on.
The options sound interesting they meniotned bike tours such as:  Strade Bianche bike tour, Via Francigena Bike Tour, Dolomites bike tour, Lucca & 5 Terre Bike Tour and many others.
I look forward to riding with you guys in the near future.
Arrividerci amici miei.
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Lucca, a cycling mecca – What Our Guests Say

How we discovered Lucca

Last year I had a cycling holiday in Spain with some members of my local cycling club.  We stayed in four towns for a week each and it was a fantastic experience.  A few of them had done a

similar cycling holiday to Italy a few years back and had visited Lucca.  I was told that I ‘must visit Lucca’ and when there I ‘must go to Chrono Bikes’ –  I was assured that I ‘would love it’.  When I returned home to Melbourne I got in touch with ChronoPlus and started planning my bike tour in Italy for myself, my husband and fellow cycling friends.  First stop Lucca.

Our bike tour with ChronoPlus

Monday morning  we met up with Gabriele and Paladino from ChronoPlus.  Our near new Pinarello bikes were ready for us and were fantastic bikes to ride.  I had travelled with my own bike on previous bike holidays but for this trip I decided to try hiring a bike. I was very pleased with the convenience of hiring and the quality and fit of the bike. We had sent our measurements ahead so the bikes were fitted very quickly and we were off.

ChronoPlus provided us with custom made riding experiences every day.  They knew we were coming from winter in Australia and continuing onto The Dolomites so they started us with a comfortable easy ride and increased the elevation each day.  We had beautiful rides through the country-side, tiny little villages and a good number of 5-10 km climbs to strengthen our legs. Every aspect of the ride had been considered and incorporated into the day in a very subtle way.  The routes were quiet and extremely picturesque.  Cool water fountains were found whenever our bottles were running low and the breaks to catch our breath coincided with spectacular views or tiny villages for coffee and gelato stops.  We always felt safe and confident with our guides, they seamlessly lead us through round-a-bouts and in and out of towns while we adjusted to our new bikes and riding on the opposite side of the road.  Gabriele and Paladino were constantly sharing their local knowledge with us, pointing out Puccini’s house on the far bank of Lake Massaciuccoli, riding us through Collodi, the town of Pinocchio and riding under an intact Roman aqueduct.  On the last day when Gabriele and Paladino had to leave for a cycling tour in The Dolomites we were treated to being guided by five times Woman’s Giro winner Fabiana Luperini she who showed us her favourite roads and pointed out where her mentor Mario Cipollini lived!  The rides were beautiful and as a bonus, Gabriele had taken photos and videos galore which he shared with us.  I have since looked back through the photos and watched the video and the warm, relaxing vibe is tangible.

ChronoPlus  not only provided excellent rental bike service and guided rides but they also provided us with a full Lucca experience by going the extra mile every day.  They gave us advice for places to visit on our rest day and local restaurants even inviting us to dinner with their family and friends including six-times Tour de France rider Jan Wynants,  who joined us for a ride the next day.  Giacomo who works with ChronoPlus  as a masseur was racing one evening in a local bike race and Gabriele, Paladino and their wives kindly drove us an hour to Livorno to have dinner and watch the race.  It was a great experience.

ChronoPlus is…

ChronoPlus is an excellent company that provides a high quality product for cyclists. Our visit was easy to arrange from Australia and exceeded our expectations.  Not only is the ChronoPlus store situated within the walled town, with a bar for pre ride expresso on one side and post ride gelato shop on the other, but it is owned and managed by an excellent team of genuine, caring, engaged and generous cyclists.

We were sad to say goodbye to Lucca, to the warm weather, pretty countryside, spectacular riding and the ancient local architecture.

We were also sad to say goodbye to Gabriele, Paladino, their staff and family.  They had taken us under their wing for a week and made us feel at home in Lucca, a cycling and historical mecca.

For sure we will be back.


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Pedaling gets minds moving – Strade Bianche Bike Tour

Pedaling gets minds moving – Strade Bianche Bike Tour:

This Bike Tour in Tuscany was not planned for this 2019, until one sunny winter day, when pedaling towards the Cappella, Gabriele and Paladino, co-founders of ChronoPlus, minds got moving.Once they rode to the top of the 8 Km steep hill – a favourite of ours for our winter training camp – they stopped, took in the view and started sharing ideas. It was clear to them that it was time to pull out a surprise, by creating a pop-up Bike Tour.

How the event became Official:

A few calls were made by Paladino and in a few days the bike tour was overbooked! From the first day excitement grew around this unique event.

The ChronoPlus Team changed gear. Emails and messages were sent, calls were made. Our graphic designer Francesca came up with some great digital material. In two weeks the idea had become Official.

Strade Bianche Bike Tour 2019 here we come.

Where the event takes place:

Since 2007 the growth of this granfondo has been enormous. In just a few years the event has acquired great fame. The race takes part in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Siena. We will be riding on the country lanes and farm tracks, twisting through the hills and vineyards of the Chianti region.

History of the event:

All this excitement got me thinking and wondering about the history behind this race however there is not much history before 2007. I did come across “the forgotten 120 year history of the Strade Bianche” article wrote by Chris Fontecchio. I found myself hypnotised by it’s content, great article full of incredible stories.

In bocca al lupo to all it’s participants:

The Strade Bianche is for sure a spetacular bike event to take part in and for this reason we wish everyone that will be present, a great day. Enjoy cycling in Tuscany and don’t let the day finish without tasting the amazing food and vino.In bocca al lupo from the C+ Team.

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Cycling tours in Italy 2019

Full Italian cycling tours

2019 is a new year with new places to explore, new things to experience and new people to meet. So where will you go?

We have designed some truly mind-blowing cycling tours in the most beautiful parts of Italy.

We also have a lot of surprises in store for you in fact we have created the ultimate blend of cycling, art, culture, and fine dining which perfectly represents our idea of full Italian cycling tours.

For a perfect cycling holiday, you definitely need a perfect accommodation and for this reason we have thoughtfully selected the best B&Bs, three star hotels, four star superior hotels, and villas to meet anyone’s expectations.

We are able to accommodate almost anything our guests desire such as a yoga session, a cooking class, a private in-house chef or a masseur.

Our cycling tours focus on exceptional culinary experience, notable wines, high-end Pinarello bikes and full van support. The price of our bike tours is inclusive so our guests feel supported and looked after to the full. We’ll pedal across a stunning landscape full of ancient villages that still mantain their feeling of remote authenticity and we’ll experience endless combinations of untouched natural beauties. Our guests will have the chance to have professional post- ride massages and go behind the scenes at a winery.

We are fascinated by local character and we have set ourselves the goal for every itinerary to always show our guests how much authentic character you can find if you are told where to look.

We owe a lot of our success to the expertise of our cycling guides in fact they have found the best roads, and musts to see and do in the area to offer our guests the top in ameneties and services. Our helpful and knowledgeable tour guides are locals and nobody knows the area and the best routes better than they do. When you ride with them you’ll discover enchanting getaways and recharge in stunning settings that you wouldn’t have found by yourselves. They will always put your safety and needs first and ensure that your cycling holiday experience is stress-free. They’ll introduce you to lifelong friends in their hometowns and will bring you into their kitchen to make pasta or local dishes. Living life like the locals will enhance your cycling holidays in fact not only you’ll get a unique insight into a culture different from your own, but you’ll get to meet interesting people as well. You’ll get to see a side of Italy not everyone travelling from another country will have the chance to see. Travelling is undoubtly one of life’s greatest pleasures, learning about foreign cultures and pushing the boundaries of our personal comfort zone are things that will make the effort rewarding and your cycling holiday in Italy one of the best ones in your life.

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Cycling Tour and Team Building

A Swedish company, leader in the all-in-one brand newsroom and multimedia public relations platform, has chosen ChronòPlus’s cycling tours for the team bulding of its management team. The bike trip was custom built for the group who wanted to combine work with sport, recreation and relaxation moments. Mia, Kris, Andreas and the other managers, at the end of their experience, told us that after taking part in the cycle events organized by ChronòPlus, they focused more on the projects theywere called to discuss about during these 4 days.

Below are the reviews of the participants to one of the bike tours  we organized  in Tuscany:

“Gabriele, Paladino & Fabiana, thank you so much for a wonderful week and for taking care of some of us cycling first timers. You guys truly have a winning concept thatso many people must experience – stronger, smarter and happier! I’m sure many of us will be back.”

“Thanks for all new great memories I’ll bring with me! You have also shown some of the best sides of Italy, so you should apply for some money from Italian touristdepartment J. Your hospitality and the experience you’re providing is blowing the charts…”

“Paladino/Gabriele, thank you so much for another fantastic ride! It was great ending to a wonderful week! And thanks again to Fabiana for dragging us up the Monte Serra yesterday.”

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