The Giro has always been a special race for me. The Giro was the first grand tour that really got me interested in cycling. I am not sure if it was the pink jersey,(the Maglia Rosa) or the magnificent mountain climbs or maybe the wonderful Italian people however the Giro was a race I looked forward to each May. The history, the heroes of years past and the theatre of the race hooked me. I promised my self I would got to Italy one day and see the magic of the Giro, feel the atmosphere and immerse myself in a Giro experience. The 100th edition was approaching and I decided this was the perfect time to go.
After researching several tour groups I was ready to settle on a tour when my wife said “what am I going to do while you are riding?” After several minutes of silence (from me) she suggested she had found a tour the would look after both a rider and a non rider. My wife then showed me the Search Travel C.C. web page and we were sold.
Search were wonderful from the first approach we made to them. The owner Peter made contact by e-mail and by phone. Peter answered all our questions. Peter was approachable and personable.
On our arrival in Cagliari we were met by one of our cycling guides Will Walker (former Rabobank pro). Will drove us to our base where we were given a wonderful welcome. Meeting Peter and his lovely wife Val was one of the highlights of our trip. They treated us magnificently. Peter and Val organised a wonderful trip. The accommodation was first class as was the wonderful food. The staff were fantastic Will accompanied myself and the other riders assisting us to get over the climbs and experience wonderful riding. Our soigneur Jure was equally amazing always on hand with a drink energy bar or his special panini. Nothing was any trouble for Jure.
Peter and Val put together an amazing trip. When I was off cycling Val took my wife sightseeing. Then at the end of the day we would all meet at our accommodation to enjoy great food, wine and company. Val choice of accommodation was outstanding with each night spent somewhere special. Each experience was enhanced by the beautiful people we met along the way.
Each day started with a breakfast fit for a king followed by some great riding/sightseeing mixed in with amazing scenery and the chance to meet wonderful local people. For us the riders we experienced the Giro first hand with VIP access to ride the course and cross the finish line,we were stars for a day when after crossing the finish we stood on the podium with the podium girls had photo’s taken and then watch the finish in the VIP tent. How good is that?
Peter and Val made our trip so easy for us every detail was taken care of all we had to do was enjoy Italy, the Giro, food/wine and amazing people. The trip was amazing and we will definitely be back. We would love to return and enjoy another of Search wonderful tours.
Thank you so much Peter, Val and the Search staff for giving us a wonderful experience that will stay in our hearts for ever.
I can’t recommend Search highly enough. For a great experience contact Search Travel C.C.
Peter and Sonia Orr