Do you have a passion for cycling? And are you a foodie? If so, you should know about an upcoming chance to bike your way across the Italian island of Sardinia with a James Beard award-winning celebrity chef. During the week-long trip you'll pedal over 185 miles while delighting your palate with handmade pastas, Seada cake, local cheeses, cured meats and regional wines.
Offered by Italian cycling specialist Ciclismo Classico, the Sardinia tour is set for this coming Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. It starts in the western city of Tresnuraghes and winds through areas still untouched by tourism to the center of the island. From there, riders will pedal to a coastal area filled will lagoons and flamingos, and then explore the long sandy beaches of the Sinis peninsula.
Among highlights of the tour will be visits to the ancient Phoenician and Roman cities of Tharros and Nora and to old mining towns.
“You'll discover the archaeological site of Barumini, explore Montiferru pastures and olive oil groves, and pedal along the twisting coastal road of south Sardinia and its beaches,” notes Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon.
Hosting the tour will be master chef and cyclist Jody Adams, the creative visionary behind two of Massachusetts’ top restaurants: Rialto (rated by Gourmet Magazine as “one of the world's best hotel restaurants”) and TRADE.
The tour includes several informal cooking demonstrations with Adams, a cheese-making activity with local shepherds, Malvasia wine-tasting and a special dinner prepared by Adams at Villa Asfodeli.
Cost of the tour is $5,395 per person. Just about everything you'll need is included in the tab, including your bike and accommodations, but you'll have to get to Sardinia and back home on your own.
Founded as a cycling tour operator in Italy in 1988, Ciclismo Classico has since expanded its tours to a number of other European countries and Vietnam. The company's motto is, “Pedal your passion.”