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Cycling in sunny Sicily: photos from a cycling guide

Cycling in sunny Sicily: photos from a cycling guide

In the next few days I will be cycling with some American and English cyclists and I was thinking about the cyclists to whom I’ve already shown this part of La bella Sicilia this year. So far, I cycled with Dutch, American, English, Irish, Scottish, German, French, Israeli, Belgian and Romanian cyclists and I had a great time with all of them. In this post I’ll show you some pics I took during a few of those rides.

The first cyclist, Sorin, came from Romania and stayed here in February. We went for a bike ride to Carini and Montelepre and to the medieval town of Erice and back.

Sorin in Carini during Carnevale

Sorin in the town of Carini during Carnevale

Near Monte Erice

Sorin taking some pics of Monte Erice. In the bg the Aegadian islands.

A weeks later we had some Israeli guests with whom I did a short bike ride to the town of Terrasini.

Near the coastal town of Trappeto

Near the coastal town of Trappeto

Near the coastal town of Terrasini

Near the coastal town of Terrasini in February 2013.

In April I cycled with several English cyclist in sunny Sicily:

In the town of Villagrazia di Carini

Brendan in the town of Villagrazia di Carini

Richard near the coastal town of Balestrate

Richard near the coastal town of Balestrate

In May this year I had the pleasure of being a guide for a group of Dutch friends who wanted to a sporting activity together. A bike ride sounded great, so on a sunny morning in May we took off for a 55 km bike ride.

The group of friends before the ride

The group of friends before the ride

Excellent cycling conditions

Excellent cycling conditions

The guys even had their own service car!

The service car

Food stop at the service car after 23 km of cycling

Climbing is always easier with some moral support from your friends…

Moral support or paparazzi?

Moral support or paparazzi?

For some of them it was a rather easy ride.

On the Carini climb

On the Carini climb

For others, not so much…

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But in the end everybody had a great time! Read the whole story here.

A week later Harry, a Dutch cyclist, wanted to go for a bike ride. After picking up the rental bike at Eurobici’s we rode to the town of Carini.

Picking up the bike at Eurobici's

Picking up the bike at Eurobici’s

Great views on the Carini climb.

On the Carini climb

On the Carini climb

The last cyclists with whom I cycled in May were the two friends Emilie and Emily. Emily wanted to train for the Alpe d’Huzes, an event where cyclists climb Alpe d’Huez several times (max. 6 times) to raise money for cancer research, so she wanted to do a few climbs together.

Near the town of Carini

Near the town of Carini

The Carini climb was a nice climb to warm up for Emily, but for Emilie it was the first time she climbed and she did a great job!

On the Carini climb

High five!

Happy faces at the top of the climb

At the top of the climb

On the descent, near the town of Montelepre

On the descent, near the town of Montelepre

When we got back at Eurobici’s, Emily wanted to do another climb, so we climbed towards the sanctuary of Romitello.

On the Romitello climb

On the Romitello climb

A few weeks later, Emily climbed the Alpe d’Huez 6 times!

In July I cycled with a lot of cyclists. Here are a few of them. First off, Ben from The Netherlands:

Ben near the town of Trappeto

Ben near the town of Trappeto

With Dominic and his son Eddie we did a ride towards the temple of Segesta.

Dominic riding towards Segesta

Dominic riding towards Segesta

On the Segesta climb

On the Segesta climb

On this ride the derailer clamp of my bike broke off (see: Houston, we have a problem). Next up: three Dutch cyclists who met each other in the Borgo delle Olive (base camp for next year’s Giro dello Scorpione). As it turned out, one of them wasn’t a cyclist after all, so a few km into the Carini climb I had to arrange transportation back to Eurobici’s. The following pics were made after only 8 km into the ride.

Near the town of Trappeto

Sjors, Alex and Corné near the town of Trappeto

Sjors, Alex and Corné near the town of Trappeto

Sjors, Alex and Corné near the town of Trappeto

In September I had a great time riding with Steve and Joost. Steve and I went to the coastal town of Castellemmare del Golfo:

In the harbor of Castellammare del Golfo

In the harbor of Castellammare del Golfo

Joost had brought his own bike from The Netherlands. He and I did a few rides together, one of which to the town of Carini.

Joost's bike, a Ridley Noah

Joost’s bike, a Ridley Noah..

..with matching black-blue Castelli kit

..and his matching black-blue Castelli kit

On the Carini climb

On the Carini climb

My favorite action pic, climbing near the town of Carini

My favorite action pic: climbing near the town of Carini

So these were a few of the cyclists with whom I did a bike ride. You’ve probably noticed that I took a lot of cyclists to the town of Carini. This is not because there are no other options (there are, and lots of them), but the Carini ride is not too hard for most cyclists and it offers great sea views and some nice climbs!

A big grazie to all cyclists for the lovely company during the rides together. Hope to see you again in sunny Sicily!

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