March 2011 ExperiencePlus! Rambler Newsletter

by ExperiencePlus! - Wednesday, March 2, 2011 ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Rambler Newsletter

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Welcome to the March 2011 ExperiencePlus! Rambler

Dear Folks,

Spring is in the air, or so they say, although our European headquarters in Italy has had snow and freezing weather for a few days…so it’s best to be cycling in Argentina, Chile or Costa Rica, just like Maria Elena is doing as she leads our Pedaling the Andes Plus! the Island of Chiloé! There are a number of people blogging about this tour so you can join the trip vicariously here.

Opportunities to Meet ExperiencePlus!: Maria Elena and long time Italian tour leader Cristina Taioli will be at the Cascade Cycling Club’s annual Seattle Bike Expo March 12th and 13th,  and will be hosting a happy hour at Via Tribunali in Queen Ann, on Monday, March 14th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. We will soon be sending an email invitation with details for those who live in the Seattle area.

If you live in Vancouver, Monterey, Chicago, or New York, Cristina will be having some ExperiencePlus! get-togethers between March 15th and April 5th —details are forthcoming so contact us if you would like to join Cristina!

New Hybrid Bikes: Igor Baccini, Fleet and Logistics Manager, is very proud to present our new state of the art hybrid bicycles. Read more below about the latest in gearing technology and why we think we have just about the best touring bicycle fleet out there.

New 2011 Tours in Belgium: We’re pleased to announce our brand spanking new Bicycling Belgium’s Best Breweries Tour, running August 2011 with special guest Jeff Lebesch, co-founder of New Belgium Brewery (Maker of Fat Tire) who will join the tour as resident beer expert. There’s an 8 or 11 day option and the tour has limited space and is sure to be a treat for beer aficionados and anybody looking for a new cycling destination! Check out the tour details for our 11 day, Bicycling Belgium’s Best Breweries Plus! and 8 day, Bicycling Belgium’s Best Breweries.

2012 Marks the Return of ExpeditionPlus! St. Petersburg to Istanbul: We already have a waiting list for the 2012 ExpeditionPlus! trip with over 18 people facing a March 15th, 2011 deadline to register or give up their space to those waiting. Read Rick Price’s (co-founder of ExperiencePlus! and the ExpeditionPlus! idea) introduction to how the trip was born and get yourself on the list!

Love to Eat: Last but not least, if you’re a cooking enthusiast read on – we’ve got some great recipes, an interview with Bea Tassinari who decides what’s for dinner on all our Italian bicycle tours, and France Country Coordinator Jonathan Hancock’s interview with chef Erick Vedel;  if you participate in our Best of Provence (link) bicycle tour, you’ll delight in a home cooked meal at Chef Vedel’s house!

We look forward to seeing you on tour; happy cycling in the meantime!

Monica and Maria Elena

ExperiencePlus! New Hybrid Fleet

ExperiencePlus! is very pleased to announce the arrival of our new hybrid bicycle fleet! Igor Baccini, our Bike Fleet Manager, explains all the advantages of our new German made Müsing hybrids here.

Birth of an ExpeditionPlus! trip from St. Petersburg to Istanbul

Bicycles carry the load in Latvia

Rick Price (co-founder of ExperiencePlus! and the mastermind behind ExpeditionPlus!) recounts how St. Petersburg to  Istanbul became a reality. “It was February and it was snowing in Colorado and I was daydreaming.  Eastern Europe had been liberated from the oppressive control of the Soviet Union for almost fifteen years.   I had a wonderful map of Europe on the office wall (by Belletti Editore, an Italian publishing house) and that map kept calling to me….”

Interview with Chef Erick Vedel

Erick Vedel and a student. Photo by Daniele Voirin

Every year Chef Erick Vedel opens his home to us on our Bicycling Through the Best of Provence tours. Jonathan Hancock, our Country Coordinator and Tour Leader in France, shares a fascinating interview with Chef Vedel.

Per la Cena or What’s for Dinner? by Bea Tassinari

Bea Tassinari coordinates hotels and meals for all of our cycling trips in Italy. This month she shares her secrets for selecting all that fabulous food we eat on our bicycling tours.

Camargue Red Rice with Ginger and Chickpeas

Chef Vedel shares his recipe for Camargue Red Rice with Ginger and Chickpeas that proved to be very popular with bicyclists on our October 2010 visit to his home.

Simple and delicious: Camargue Red Rice with Ginger and Chickpeas.

Happy Cycling until next month!

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