1. Ride & Wine Philosophy
Ride & Wine in the Heart of Tuscany
I have been dreaming of it for a long time. Now I found it – Tuscany, the perfect combination of cycling and relish.
The perfect landscapes of the Chianti mountains inspire. And the famous wines as well as the renowned delicious cuisine can hardly be surpassed. Welcome to the heart of the Chianti Classico.
The idea arose during my holidays. The streets between Siena and Florence lead through one of Italy’s most beautiful and steeped in history regions with vineyards, olive groves, and cypresses. For many synonymous for the way of life and cheerful vitality across the Alps. The world-famous wines and Tuscan cuisine made my heart for cycling and relish beat faster.
I am not a traditional “bike racing buff”, going at “full throttle” all day on my bicycle and hardly taking note of nature – that is not for me. So I just got on my bicycle, hit the pedals and lost myself in the ravishing landscape of the Chianti mountains. Leisurely I rode along the “Strada del Chianti”.
Enjoyed nature, the tiny wineries, the fantastic villages, and the inviting restaurants, downright seducing me in the Chianti Classico. I felt no strain on my bicycle. I enjoyed every turn of the pedals. Was delighted by every next bend, the next beautiful landscape, the next winery, the next village restaurant.
I experienced the perfect combination of cycling & culinary delight – experiences only Tuscany can provide. Simply the best destination for cyclists who relish. All that my team and I want to share with you.
We are accommodated in a magnificent four-star hotel on top of a hill. Imbedded in nature, surrounded by olive trees and grapevines. Local insiders and former cycling professionals guide you through the Chianti region on discovery journeys. Gentle hills delight us as much as more demanding climbs. We let ourselves get seduced by the typical Tuscan cuisine. And enjoy the wine tastings at the various wineries – just the ideal place for a cyclist who relishes.
We already wish you lots of fun and a pleasurable stay with cycling & relish with us here in Tuscany.
2. RIDE & WINE CONCEPT
For Cycling Enthusiasts With a Sense for Relish
We treat cycling enthusiasts who like to take pleasurable rides and want to enjoy life with an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Tuscany. We offer guided Bicycle rides in the Chianti Classico in groups of different levels.
You will be joined by guides who are familiar with the area. They know every bend. Former cycling professionals treat you with tips, improve your riding technique, and chat away about tricks.
In the mornings, we will ride our Bicycles through the Chianti region. At noon we will dine at local restaurants. In the afternoon, relaxing in the hotel’s own swimming pool or wellness is on the agenda. In the evening, we take the hotel shuttle to the nearby world-famous wineries. You taste various wines, olive oils, and local delicacies.
Wineries in a breathtaking surrounding and endlessly beautiful views will amaze you. We will experience such wine tastings in the hotel’s own wine shop as well. For those interested culinarily, the Chef della Cucina also offers cooking courses in the hotel.
The Ride & Wine weeks in the Chianti region will take place from March to and including October. We will be on the road in small groups and guarantee highest quality of these Ride & Wine adventure weeks.
You will experience an unforgettable week of sport and gastronomy. Cycling, relaxing, and enjoying the Dolce Vita of the Chianti Classico. In this form unique in Europe.
On a discovery journey of the Chianti in many ways.
3. Ride & Wine Team
The Ride & Wine adventure week will provide you with experiences unforgettable in every way. On a racing bike and by relishing chosen wines as well as the classical and exceptional cuisine from Tuscany.
Our team will arrange for that. Because we share the same passion for cycling and not only love the philosophy of our Ride & Wine relish week but also live by it. We also let our years of experience in professional cycling come into play to ensure an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Chianti Classico.
Founder & Initiator
Luca Prota, founder and initiator of the Ride & Wine cycling weeks with relish. He is a passionate hobby cyclist, multiple Ironman finisher and long-time president of the Cancellara4ever fan club. Being the son of Tuscan parents, of course he also is a great expert and aficionado of Tuscany. Has close ties to professional cycling.
Head Caregiver & Physio Team
Sabine Lüber, has 16 years of experience as a physiotherapist in the field of cycling. Looked after Olympic champions, Classique champions, and Tour de France winners. Sabine will provide all her experience to the Ride & Wine cycling weeks with relish – and put some charm on top.
Yaroslav Popowych The Ukrainian is living in Tuscany for many years. He rode as a professional for 15 years. Started 19 times for one of the three great round trips Tour, Giro, and Vuelta. He was the domestique of great legends of the sport. Today, “Popo” is sporting director of the ProTour team Trek-Segafredo. He supports us in recruiting former professionals for guiding our guests.
Roger Theel, won all there is to win in the world of cycling as a mechanic. A silent creator who turns almost any old pair of wheels into a powerhouse. Today, he works for the professional team Katusha-Alpecin. Roger supports and advices our team in technical matters.
Chef Guides & Guest Relations
Danny In T‘Ven The former professional cyclist and long-time employee of various ProTour teams like SaxoBank, Leopard, and Trek-Segafredo. Danny will keep up the spirits during the ride outs. He will take care of each of our guests with his charm and everlasting smile.
Sports Psychologist & Handywoman
Marie Lanners, psychologist, specialized in sports psychology and mental training in competitive sports. She is founder and manager of a sports coaching company and has more than 20 years of experience in training competitive sportsmen mentally all over Europe and America. Marie enriches our team with her know-how as an allrounder.
Fränk Schleck, the Luxembourgish cycling legend. Never to be forgotten are the exploits of this former cycling professional. Winner of the Amstel Gold Race & Tour de Suisse, 3rd place of the Tour de France 2011, as well as multiple stage winner of important races, as well as Luxembourgish Road Race champion. Fränk enriches our team as a Ride & Wine ambassador and will also actively accompany our guests on the bike in Chianti.