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Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

A bike ride to the Bosco d’Alcamo in October 2013

A bike ride to the Bosco d’Alcamo in October 2013

A few days ago I did a bike ride to the Bosco d’Alcamo, a nature reserve on Monte Bonifato near the town of Alcamo, 750 meters above sea level. It was a lovely, sunny day (around 26°C) with only a few clouds in the sky. First I rode to the town of Alcamo and then followed the signs for the Bosco d’Alcamo. It’s a few kilometers to the top with an average gradient of around 7.5%. And with every hairpin, the view is getting better and better! Monte Bonifato is not that far from one of the other mountains in the area, Monte Inici, where I took lots of pics a few weeks ago. I love this part of the climb: great views and a lovely area with lots of trees and only a few houses. After a short 10/11% stretch I arrived at the bosco. On my way down I took a pic of a statue of Jesus in the sunlight. I rode through the town of Alcamo...

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

A mountain bike ride to Monte Inici

A mountain bike ride to Monte Inici

It’s been a busy season and the free time I had, I spent riding my bike instead of writing about it. Last weekend Alessandro Ferrara from Bikes and Lemons in Palermo and I did a ride to Monte Inici near the town of Castellammare del Golfo and I made lots of pics so I thought it would be nice to share those with you guys. The ride started in the coastal town of Balestrate and from there we took the SS187 in the direction of Castellammare del Golfo. When we arrived in the town of Castellammare we turned left in the direction of Segesta and after a few kilometers we arrived at the road that leads to the entrance of the wood and the start of the climb. The dirt road in the wood starts to climb immediately, but after a few hairpins we arrived at an easy stretch which is almost flat for a few hundred meters. On the next photo you’ll see a water fountain. Keep in...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in cycling and bike pics, cycling guide | 2 comments

Bikes and Lemons, an MTB ride to Piano Margi

Bikes and Lemons, an MTB ride to Piano Margi

Since a few weeks we are collaborating with the Palermo based Bikes and Lemons, who can organize mountain bike trips with English speaking guides in the area. The owner of Bikes and Lemons, Alessandro Ferrara, wanted to check out the mountain roads near the town of Cinisi, and asked me whether I wanted to come along. I already did the climb on my road bike (see Exploring the Cinisi climb), but never did it on my Cannondale F4 and never explored the area at the end of the climb, so it was an obvious “yes” for me. We decided to meet in the town of Cinisi and start the climb from there. Last Sunday at 10:00 AM I left Balestrate and rode in the direction of Palermo. My last MTB ride was in November 2012, so the first few minutes felt a bit strange, but soon I found a nice rhythm and enjoyed the ride in the Sicilian sun. After meeting Alessandro at the entrance of the town of Cinisi...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Traffic jam Sicilian style…

Traffic jam Sicilian style…

A few days ago on a HR 1-2 zone bike ride I came across two shepherds and a flock of sheep near the town of Castellammare del Golfo. There are still a lot of shepherds /goat herders in Sicily, so when cycling in the Sicilian countryside you’re likely to encounter one with his flock of sheep and/or goats. Ricotta cheese is made from sheep’s milk and can be eaten with some bread and tomatoes or ham, but it is mainly used in Sicilian dolci (cakes/deserts), like the cannolo, the cassatella and the very sweet cassata. These are all calorie bombs, so when you’re here enjoying these dolci in one of the Sicilian bars in the area, remember to ride a few extra kilometers the next...

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