So many roads to ride and so many places to go! Whatever your goal is, consider me your training partner and/or tour guide. Describe what you're after, and I'll lead the way. No hassle. No stress. No wrong turns.
Up for a challenge? Say no more - I'm in. Maybe you're keen on rolling hills and panoramic views with a 10/10 cappuccino? Possibly even a selfie with the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Or, how about a point-to-point adventure?* Florence is 130km, and Siena is 160. You'll cover vast territory and get a first-class pass to the Trenitalia bicycle caboose!
Time is precious: discover the best the area has to offer and let's make it memorable, too. Designing your perfect ride is a badge on my top guiding sash.
1-2 people is €79 per half-day and €139 per full-day
3 people is €119 per half-day and €209 per full-day
4-5 people is €159 per half-day and €279 per full-day
*Point-to-point rides are full days plus €60.
Guided rides are fully non-refundable; my small team is dedicated to delivering an unforgettable experience that’s never double booked. We also understand things happen and weather turns; we’ll do our utmost to accommodate changes. Please note lunch, gelato and coffee stops are not included.
I practically got a training camp and a guided tour!
I strategically positioned to spend my family summer holiday around Lucca before my first ever Ironman 70.3 bringing a great chance to strengthen my climbing skills. Four days riding 1200-1800m of daily elevation were an excellent challenge for my body and mind. But I got one crucial thing: confidence that I'm able to make my most important climb this season.
I would also like to highlight how seriously Alison took my requirements. She asked to share my Ironman course, then crafted our training routes accordingly. I was very impressed on our first day to see the route which almost completely repeated the profile of my future race. Last but not least, Alison knows the best gelato shop in the region. I took a 15-minute detour to show that place to my friends and family. It was simply delicious!
- Andriy Derevyanko, Kyiv, Ukraine
Cycling in Toscana is something that every cyclist dreams of.
I recently organized a trip there for my daughter and me, and my biggest issue was safety and would Emily be able to handle it. Hooking up with Alison was the best thing I could’ve done. Is Alison a guide or a coach, hard to say- I honestly think we got 2 for 1! Every day Alison showed up with rides that were both safe and suitable for a 15-year-old girl, whom upon her return decided to join a local cycling team.
For me, born in Italy and brought to North America before I could see the beauty of Italy, riding with Alison, was the best sightseeing tour ever. My biggest regret I only stayed a week, but a week spent with a wonderful person that shared her passion for cycling with us.
- Alex Pagnotta, Montreal, Canada
Riding with Alison is a gift.
She is a pro who can ride you into the pavement if you prefer. She is a friend who is comfortable to ride tempo beside you and talk about Joseph Campbell and the meaning of it all. We rode together for only two days. I know Lucca like a good friend - Alison too.
- Chet Scott, Ohio, USA
Cycling with Ali was one of the best experiences we had during our holiday in Tuscany.
She was just so helpful from beginning to end, from booking the hire bikes to finding the best route for my husband and me. Our capabilities are very different, but Ali managed to find a ride that was perfect for both of us with amazing cafe and restaurant stops along the way. The whole day was so relaxed, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone of any ability. I had booked this in for my husband's birthday as a surprise and it was worth every penny - we still talk about it now because we enjoyed it so much! Thank you so much once again, Ali!
- Victoria Stokes, United Kingdom
Where could I soak up the sun as I sit in a piazza for an espresso and also challenge myself on mountain climbs with beautiful ocean vista descents?
I didn't expect to find an ex-national champion to ride with who'd tow me along at 40km/h one minute and the next ride side by side talking about Lucchese lifestyle, setting up a business, sports psychology and life as a pro-rider. Alison and her team member, Enzo took care of all the organization and created a memorable experience: a quality rental bike, exciting and challenging routes, obligatory espresso stops and great company!
They took great trouble to find out what kinds of rides I wanted to do with routes away from traffic including climbing challenges of Monte Serra and Pizzorne. Enzo's bike skills are matched by his love of photography, and as a bonus, I got to practice my Italian with him. Although a couple of words give a clue to Alison's Canadian heritage, she's certainly greeted and treated like a local!
Ci rivediamo presto!
- Simon Hunt, United Kingdom
It was a perfect day.
I tasked Alison with designing a ride to Siena, coming into the piazza using the finish from the Eroica Pro race. It was an experience that was important me, as it represented a really precious memory with someone I loved and lost.
Alison designed a route for us that started and finished in Volterra, featured a bit of strade bianche on the way and took us through beautiful countryside and climbs... but it was the route into town that was the highlight. Not only did she find a quiet way to get right onto the final roads, but as we rode those last WVA-killing, 15-20% pitches, she had the strength to pull out her phone and capture images and video of the ride - and we weren't going slow.
Even beyond the route, and the gelato (also very good), the most impressive part of the day was riding with someone who gave me the time to take it all in and had the empathy to understand when I needed an extra moment to reflect on things.
That ride couldn't have achieved all it did without a guide as special as Alison.
- Jared Spier, Winnipeg, Canada