Hello, fellow cyclists,
If you are thinking about great cycling vacations in northern Italy, you have to visit Cycle Trentino. My friend and I joined a three-day camp and had an excellent experience.
Matt Simpson is passionate about cycling and a very strong rider, who’s never tired, and knows every possible route and climb in the area. He also arranged a private wine tasting for us at Francesco Moser’s winery in Trento and, as a special surprise, invited the cycling legend to join us for dinner the next evening. Truly unexpected. It was wonderful!
Just finished a fabulous week of 5-star cycling in the Trentino Dolomites with Matt Simpson of Cycle Trentino!
I was looking for three things on this trip: local knowledge, challenging daily routes, and an opportunity to connect with the culture on a personal level. Matt delivered summa cum laude on all three. He knows the region backwards and forwards and chose courses that challenged me and covered all the iconic climbs and passes. He’s thoroughly plugged in to the regional cycling community, counting among his friends several former (and famous) pros. He is a gregarious host, with personal relationships throughout the local towns and villages that facilitate instant and easy camaraderie for his guests. Finally, he makes it all super easy by removing the heavy lifting in terms of planning. Just choose a week, contact Matt and let him worry about the details, from hotel (the Alpenrose in Vattaro is awesome: family-run with amazing food, great pool and chic spa) to renting a preposterously affordable world class road bike (De Rosa SK Pininfarina for this guy).
If you’ve always dreamt of an Italian cycling holiday but don’t want to pay out the nose for a tourist package or get stuck riding with someone’s Aunt Sophie, I urge you to contact Matt Simpson and Cycle Trentino!
Glen Rock, NJ, USA
I am not sure whether to pat myself on the back for finally taking the leap and scheduling a cycling vacation or to punish myself for not doing it sooner.
Matt Simpson of Cycle Trentino took my wife and I on an adventure tailored to our differing riding abilities that enveloped us with the beauty of the landscape, the warmth of local friends, the superb flavors of regional cuisine and the joy that comes from combining all these things.
I can’t wait to go back.
Birmingham, Alabama USA
I was strictly a mountain biker until my husband and I took a trip to Vattaro, Italy and our guide, Matt Simpson, pieced together the perfect road bike ride for a mountain biker. We went up winding mountains roads with stunning views of the valley, explored charming villages, and enjoyed thrilling descents . On the 60 mile ride I saw more cherry orchards than cars. At one point I wondered whether the pavement through the woods we were riding on was a walking path or a one lane road with no cars. It turns out it was a back road that only the locals know about.
Halfway through our ride, we stopped at a family owned farm/café with flavorful, fresh cheese and creamed pastries, no wonder, with the dairy cows grazing a few feet from our table. On the ride, Matt gave us bits of history so we could better appreciation the area. It was powerful to think about the family owned farm/café being on the front line during WW1. I loved being on a bike exploring the area full of castles and vineyards not worrying for a minute where we were or which road took us back to home base. Matt knew so many ways to get back that we had choices, fewer cars and more climbing, all to get back for sunset cocktails to celebrate the day’s achievements.
It was a perfect vacation.
Birmingham, Alabama USA
My 11 days [..and nights!] in Trentino were all about: challenging rides, classic climbs, personalized training, hospitality, immersion in the local community.
Trentino is a cyclist’s playground. I have a lot of experience over many years doing dedicated bike camps e.g. Club La Santa Lanzarote, a mixture of group and solo riding e.g. Mallorca, Andalucia, and a lot of pure solo touring e.g. Morrocco, Crete, Cyprus, Corfu, Sicily, Sardinia.
My 11 days in Trentino proved to be a different category again. Within 24 hrs I felt part of a local community – the days were filled with fabulous challenging rides and the evenings exploring local food and hospitality courtesy of Matt and Jess. Cycle Trentino is a community in itself – based in a family run hotel where after 11 glorious days I may have checked out but will I ever leave…