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Italy 150 Update – Photos and News from the Road

by Rick Price - Sunday, June 5, 2011 DSC_0019

As the Italy 150 Expedition drew to a close we heard a few snippets from the cyclists on the road.  Mostly that this was a true trip of a lifetime and our veteran ExpeditionPlus! cyclists report that – “this is the hardest bike tour of all”.

When our group pedaled into Torino Friday, June 3 – the final day’s schedule included a gathering at the city’s Velodrome with local delegates from the city, bike clubs and even a group from Salt Lake City Utah!. They finished with a bike parade to the official Italy 150 exhibition hall where they were greeted in true Italian fashion with food and wine.  A fitting end to this 1,400 mile adventure from Sicily to Piedmont!

As participants go through their photos, we are adding links and photos to this page.

Photos from the Italian Newspaper that covered the arrival: http://multimedia.lastampa.it/multimedia/torino/lstp/51743/

Elizabeth’s photo gallery

A participant’s blog

For a full tour description see our itinerary.

Rick Price - Rick Price, and his wife, Paola Malpezzi Price, founded Bike Across Italy in 1972, Italian Specialty Tours, Inc. in 1985 and ExperiencePlus! Specialty Tours, Inc. in 1993, though they sold the latter over to their daughters Monica and Maria Elena in 2008. Rick holds a Ph.D. in Geography and has designed bike tours all over the world. Finally, in 2009 he realized a lifelong dream of becoming a certified “League Cycling Instructor,” with the League of American Bicyclists. He is now Safe Cycling Coordinator for the Bike Co-op in Fort Collins, Colorado where he also writes a monthly column on Smart Cycling for the Fort Collins, Coloradoan. If you would like to contact Rick or Paola you can e-mail them at Rick(a)ExperiencePlus.com.