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 to Florence?* 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.
Oh, and think I’m too slow or too fast for you? No shame in eBikes because the Puccini bike path is perfect for families and non-cyclists. And there’s Enzo who inhales over 20,000 km/year for any cyclist legitimately classified “out of my league.”
1 person is €100 per half-day and €160 per full-day
2 or 3 people is €85 each per half-day and €135 each per full-day
4 or 5 people is €75 each per half-day and €120 each per full-day
*Rides to Florence are full days plus €100 (including train tickets).
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.
It was my first time in Tuscany, and I wanted to see all the beautiful scenery around as well as having some good training days.
I have been doing some long and hard days on the bike all alone, both in other areas of Italy and Spain. It can be tough to get a good experience when you approach small and unknown places. I have struggled a lot with language barries, finding good places to eat, and also broken directions from locals who don't speak English. That is a showstopper for what could be a nice day on the bike.
None of the above was any problem riding three days with Alison. She knew all the perfect roads, local restaurants, and ice cream bars. I always felt very well taken care of and could fully enjoy three incredible days without any concerns. She's also an easy-going and kind person. Even if we had not met before, I felt from the first second that she was very welcoming, and the conversation went easily, too.
I highly recommend Alison and her guiding service, no matter what level you are on, or what you want out of it. You will not regret it!
- Patrik Molberg, Oslo, Norway
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
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
My husband and I had a fabulous experience riding with Alison.
I have experience in Masters racing and had trained hard all winter to prepare for our cycling trip to Northern Italy but did not have experience in descending long mountain passes. We arrived one week before the cycling trip was to start to visit Lucca and explore the area by bike. I reached out to Alison to plan a guided ride and asked if she could coach me on descending.
Alison planned the perfect route that was scenic and provided lots of opportunities to coach me on the descents. After riding with Alison, I learned the technique to descend in control, take my time on the corners, and ride with confidence. With each descent I completed later in my cycling trip, I was able to gain more confidence, relax, and enjoy the view on the way down the beautiful mountain valleys! Thank you, Alison!!
- Karen Paterson, Canada
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
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
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
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