If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me. Please.

MarioIn case you missed my screams of joy followed by loathsome gloating on the interwebs, I got some pretty exciting news today. A few weeks ago I entered a contest on the Facebook for a cycling trip to Italy. It sounded pretty awesome and all I had to do was press some buttons on my keyboard, which admittedly can be tough with these weak tyrannosaurus rex arms.

Well it turns out I WON!!!!

The only thing that would have made this news sweeter is if it had been delivered tattooed on the glistening golden buttocks of Mario Cipollini himself.

The tour is put on by Thomson Bike Tours, specialists in performance cycling tours to France, Spain and Italy and a leading provider of bike tours to the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Here are the details. Prepare to hate my guts.

Day 1
SAT Oct 12

Arrive in Rome, transfer to our Hotel
Short afternoon ride!

VIP Dinner in Rome
hosted by Campagnolo




300 m



Day 2
SUN Oct 13

**ROMA Gran Fondo Campagnolo**

2,700 m
Day 3
MON Oct 14

Rome › Monte Terminillo › Norcia

3,170 m
Day 4
TUE Oct 15
Norcia › Monte Nerone › Urbino


3,430 m
Day 5
WED Oct 16
Urbino › Perticara › Faenza
3,940 m
Day 6
THU Oct 17
Faenza › San Gottardo › Vicenza
955 m
Day 7
FRI Oct 18
**Campagnolo Factory Visit**

Short bike ride accompanied by
Campagnolo staff & pro riders, past & present…

VIP Dinner in Vicenza
hosted by Campagnolo
200 m


It’s ok. I even hate myself a little right now.

As you can see, there is about a month’s worth of riding crammed into five days. And enough climbing to probably kill me. But it’s in freaking Italy, so I will die happy. They also don’t mention the prosecco tasting. Perhaps they thought it was too much awesome to fit into one chart.

I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be awesome. I think I need to lie down.