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Viva Italia

Viva Italia

Viva Italia

All Roads do lead to Rome! Cycle Southern Italy, Corsica, Sardinia & Sicily.

RIDERS AND STAFF

Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Turkey

“Working outdoors is phenomenal.”

When TDA need local support for translations in Turkey in 2014, I entered the picture. Before TDA, I lived year-round there, in Izmir. Now I live on the road eight months of the year; the rest of the time I’m in Turkey, either applying for visas or rock-climbing.

Sometimes on a tour our failures are as incredible as our successes. Being defeated as my tour attempted to climb a new route on Koca Sarp, a rocky mountain in central Anatolia, is an experience I’ll always remember.

I’ve seen so much of the world with TDA. My favourite place I’ve been so far is Meteora, Greece. Probably the greatest pleasure of cycle-touring for me is never spending more than two days in a row in the same spot.

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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Leader Trainee

Rome to Rome

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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Leader Trainee
Rome to Rome

Slovakia

Hello everybody, my name is Vilma. I like going to the nature by bike or just for a walk whenever it is possible. Bottle of water, some snack, camera and good weather - what could be better :-) See you soon

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic

Rome to Rome

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic
Rome to Rome

Slovakia

Hi, my name is Peter Plesník and I work as a shop assistent and bicycle mechanic. I'll be your mechanic on this tour and I am looking forward to meeting you all :-)

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Douglas Percival

Tour Leader Trainee

Rome to Rome

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Douglas Percival

Tour Leader Trainee
Rome to Rome

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears. Juggling bike spares & Humans Habits to create Bicycle Tours that function in crazy locations. See you guys at the next crazy location.

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban life in Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Kingdom of Morocco will be my 4th ride with TDA.

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David Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

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David Freeman

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Melbourne Australia. I have cycled all over the world including five tours with TDA but never in Japan. The opportunity in 2020 to cycle from Seoul to Sapporo is too good to miss and I am looking forward to that tour!

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Michele Kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Michele Kline

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

My Husband Anthony (Tony) and I, are from Hobart in Tasmania...we went on our first TDA tour in 2014 from Lima to Cuzco part of the South American Epic our second one was NZ from Auckland to Queenstown 2015. We have completed 2 full tours the Pub Ride 2017 and Viva Italia 2020. It really would be rude not to do this one!

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Anthony kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Anthony kline

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

54yrs old small business owner building concreting landscaping. Enjoy adventure activities, have walked everest base camp and kilimanjaro successfully. Been a keen cyclist for several years, in 2015 Michele and did our first TDA trip from Lima to Cusco. Last year we completed Auckland to Queenstown and now looking forward to the Pub ride.

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Edna Granot

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Edna Granot

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

Retired but very busy with grand children. I did the Orient Express in 2011, so it is time to experience another ride with TDA.

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I'm now retired and live in Plano Texas. Since I retired I have been doing one or more long distance bicycle rides each year. I did the Viva Italia Ride in 2019 and it was a very special experience. This year I was signed up for the Pura VIda, Costa Rica ride, but it was cancelled due to COVID. Several years ago I rode from Bariloche to Ushuaia and scenery was outstanding. On the last day when we went over the Garibaldi pass on the way to Ushuaia we had wind, then rain. On top of the Garibaldi pass we had snow. The on the way down we had hail. It was cold, but fun and scenery was very beautiful and then the sun shone.

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Russ Parker

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Russ Parker

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I rode the 1st ever Viva Italia trip in 2019. (Highly recommended if you haven't done it). Looking forward to more fun on the Bamboo Road

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

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Sue Parker

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Sue Parker

Rider
Palermo to Rome

Canada

I'm active and play a lot of casual sports but haven't been on a cycling trip in 23 years so super excited (and admittedly a little nervous) to get started again. My husband is doing Rome to Rome and I'm tagging along for the second half from Palermo. I love to be active, travel and take photos so looking forward to combining it all in this trip!

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Philippa Davis

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Philippa Davis

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

I'm a mad keen cyclist, it doesn't matter what sort of bike I get to ride, as long as I'm on 2 wheels. I've done trips around Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Tour de France and Tour Down Under aswell. I've got a group of friends who are just as nutty and we go off on adventures together.

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Philippe Doffey

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Philippe Doffey

Rider
Palermo to Rome

Switzerland

Marathon, cycling, ski touring

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Roger Cook

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Roger Cook

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I am a 70 year-old that has always been active, with gym-workouts, running, and biking. I completed the Viva Italia in the fall of 2019 and was impressed. As a result, i have signed up for many more adventures; however, we all know how that has worked out! The Pub Ride fits perfectly within my life: I am a lover of activity and of beer :).

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Frida Percival

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Frida Percival

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Sweden

Medical doctor working in Sweden and travelling the world with my husband Douglas as often as we can!

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Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Rider
Palermo to Rome

United Kingdom

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David Richards

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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David Richards

Rider
Palermo to Rome

United Kingdom

I am a semi retired ex-banker living in London. I have completed a number of tours (both guided and unguided) through several European countries and completed the Pru100 London ride on a couple of occasions.

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

Anthony Rock

Rider

Rome to Rome

David Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

Michele Kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

Anthony kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

Hi there, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary.  Graduated in Visual Communications, since then dealing with photography, film and all sorts of graphic design projects. After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite a few years of "just" sitting in an office, in 2005 I read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique.  It made me wonder: how such distance is even doable?  Fast forward to the following January: I found myself in Cairo, at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA!  I successfully completed the full tour. What a great adventure it was! Next year, in 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding with a friend from Lhasa to Kathmandu.  On this trip we had a great off-road ride up to the "North Base Camp" of Mount Everest in Tibet, China at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above sea level. This is where this profile photograph was taken. Since then I did the Amber Route, a couple of Orient Express tours, Trans Europas, Odysseys and the PubRides. In the summer of 2020 we completed a long distance all self-supported bicycle tour with the kids (then younger than 1 and 6) with tents, tandem and trailers.

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator

Rome to Rome

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator
Rome to Rome

United States

I am the Content Creator on TDA's tours, mostly traversing Europe and the Americas, and off-tour I spend my time between Boston, MA and Maui, HI.

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic

Rome to Rome

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic
Rome to Rome

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Canada

Hey Everyone, I am looking forward to traveling & supporting you on your tour across Italy. This will be my 5th TDA tour. In between tours, I do all sorts of other work spanning from Fighting forest fires to working with Doctors Without Borders. Can't wait to ride bikes with all of you and eat gelato when we aren't!

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Roberta Hunt

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Roberta Hunt

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

This will be my second TDA trip….loved the Odyssey in 2019 and looking forward to another biking adventure. There is no other way to explore the world!,

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

Canada

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Tim Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Tim Sole

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016, the TDA Odyssey in 2017, the TDA Pub Ride in 2018, and the last 80% of TDA's North American Epic (so for us Banff to Panama) in 2019. This tour will be my first on an e-bike. My superpower is finding coffee stops.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Judy Sole

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

Married to Tim Sole, who is also on the tour. This will be my sixth TDA trip having previously done the Bamboo Road, part of the Transeuropa, the Odyssey, the Pub Ride and 80% of the North American Epic (Jasper to Panama). Greatly enjoyed cycling LEJOG (Lands End to John O' Groats) and the South Island of New Zealand.

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

Canada

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Randall Shier

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Randall Shier

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Randy is happily married to his best friend and wife Sandy of 37 years. He has three adult children, two of them married and two young grandsons. Randy resides in Kelowna, British Columbia and enjoys his real estate development career as President of Mission Group. When he is not working, he loves travel, cycling, snow skiing and oil painting. Born in Vancouver, he has been a lifelong British Columbian, except for six years in Los Angeles, earning a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. His favourite team sports to watch are hockey and football. Randy is an avid Canadian Olympic hockey team fan, a USC Trojan college football fan, as well as a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. He and Sandy have experienced long distance cycling twice before in 2015 in 2017. Their first trip they rode 1,800 km, unsupported from Canterbury, England to Rome, Italy. their second trip was the Orient Express with TDA Global from Paris to Varna, Bulgaria. Randy is grateful to be married to an adventurous wife as she has been the catalyst for our long distance cycling adventures.

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

United States

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

United Kingdom

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

I am married to Jürgen Willrodt and our first vacation 30 years ago was a bike tour through France. After our kids were grown, Jürgen convinced me to ride the Ruta Maya in Central America in 2015. It was my first TDA tour, which was tough but absolutely fantastic! The following year I cycled part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown and in 2019 the first 4 weeks of the Trans-Himalaya Tour. Now I'm looking forward to cycling in Italy and of course the Italian cuisine.

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider

Rome to Rome

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

I am born in 1951 in Hardanger in the western part of Norway With narrow fjords between steep Mountains. I love hiking and biking, but most of all I love to be grand mother of two girls and one boy! I participated on 2019 Orient Express Full Tour. This year I only bike the first stage.

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Finn Trygve Nybakke

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Finn Trygve Nybakke

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

My name is Finn and I have lived in Norway all my life since I was born i 1952. I am a father and grandfather, and I do have a cat! In 2014 we joined TDA on the last stage on The Silk Road to Istanbul. Last year I joined the Orient Express 2019, both tours together With my beloved Asrun. I love Biking, Beer and Potatoes (french fries is the favorite) ! See you soon in Rome :-) ... and hopefully next year Trans Europe

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Bente Arnesen

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Bente Arnesen

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

I am born in 1952 in Oslo in Norway. I have two daughters and six grandchildren. I have been a teacher. I like cycle, kayak, cross country skiing and walking in the mountains. I have previously been cycling in Italy with EXPA, but only as one-week tour. I am really looking forward to this adventure!

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Graeme Robinson

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Graeme Robinson

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I am a 64 year young male who prefers a slower pace to my ride. Really looking forward to seeing Italy.I have done some touring but not of this range or location. Cycling Europe will be a new experience for me.

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Richard Madden

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Richard Madden

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Hello! I am a past rider with TDA, Orient Express (2006) and the Amber Route (2010). I presently live in Los Angeles, and am 71 years of age. I am a retired university faculty member, worked 32 years at Duke University (Biological Anthropology) and 8 years at the University of Chicago (Organismal Biology & Anatomy), teaching human anatomy in the medical schools at both institutions.. My intellectual activities have been absorbed by the vertebrate paleontology of South America, where I have done field, laboratory and museum research all my life. My present interests center on climate change, and as I understand it, bicycles will be an important part of the solution to this complex and daunting challenge. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to being with you all, once again.

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Regan Dunn

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Regan Dunn

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I’m a newbie to long bike tours, but I love long day trips on a bike. This will be my first TDA adventure, and I am very much looking forward to a spectacular trip and excellent food. I am a paleobotanist and Curator at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles, CA. I make a living studying fossil plants and the rocks that preserve them. I spend a lot of time digging holes all over the world, and even more time at the lab bench and at the microscope. I am passionate about studying past climatic change, extinction and biodiversity to understand what the past can tell us about present and future change. I haven’t taken a vacation for several years, and I am ready for a big adventure with my husband Rick Madden.

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Kelly McNamara

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Kelly McNamara

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I have found riding a bike a great way to travel and see the world. Joining organized tours with like minded people has worked out beautifully.

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Chris Dean

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Chris Dean

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I have done the Odyssey tour this year and am keen to come back and have another European adventure. I am easygoing and can mix in with just about any group.

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Andrew Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Andrew Freeman

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I am an American who has been living in (and cycling throughout) Switzerland since 2000. While I have been making big and small "adventurous expeditions" since I was 16 (mostly on foot or by bike) this will be my first supported tour.

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Duane Lodrige

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Duane Lodrige

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Love to tour via bike. Accomplished several credit card solo tours in the USA traveling ultralight on my Roubaix.

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Melinda Setters

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Melinda Setters

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Canada

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John Hemmen

Rider

Rome to Rome

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John Hemmen

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, Pub Ride, and NAE tours previously with TDA.

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Jan Craig

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Jan Craig

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Canada

I've had some great cycling adventures in Canada, Turkey, Colombia and Australia. It's the best way to see the countryside. I'm not fast but always make it in by dinner. And given I love beer, I might just speed up a bit on this trip!

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

I am 72 years old and have already participated in 10 TDA tours mainly as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (42, 27 and 24) and grandfather of three grandchildren. I am partly retired working now just 1 or 2 days a week which gives me plenty of time to travel. I have studied physics and have a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. I have been active in sports all my life and before I started doing cycling tours I have been active in Karate and participated in World Championships 1975 in Los Angeles and 1977 in Tokyo and became European Champion in 1977. You can find more information on my website.

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Louise Sims

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Louise Sims

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I'm not a fast rider by any stretch, but I love to travel this way!

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Richard Russek

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Richard Russek

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I enjoy the slower pace of cycling that allows one to explore a country. And the opportunity to try new food. And the history. But not the sore bum.

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

Roberta Hunt

Rider

Rome to Rome

 

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Rome to Rome

Tim Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

Judy Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Ruth Miller

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Ruth Miller

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I went on my first bike tour at the age of 16 and instantly fell in love with bike touring. I've have travelled in many countries by bicycle, usually self guided, sometimes bikepacking on my mountain bike, other times Inn to Innn on my road bike. I am now retired, 62 years old and can afford to join TDA tours. My wife and I are very excited for this tour.

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

United States

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Rider

Rome to Rome

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Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

63 retired MD looking forward to Morocco with a great tour leader

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"It truly was an experience that I will cherish forever. [The staff] obviously had expended tremendous effort in finding the route that created the best cycling experience possible. I loved having the option to ride with others or ride alone, and I became very confident in riding alone...The scenery of this tour was breathtaking. There were challenging stages for sure, which I was looking for and appreciated."

"I'd finish a day and think that it was exceptional on so many levels and couldn't get any better, and then the next day would be amazing again."

"I had never been to Italy and was very excited to be part of Viva Italia. I was not disappointed from Tuscany to the Islands and the Southern West Coast we were rewarded with incredible towns, views, history and the warm welcome of the inquisitive relaxed Italian locals."

OVERVIEW VIVA ITALIA 2022


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • VIVA ITALIA
  • THE ROMAN PROVINCES
  • GIRO DEL MAR
  • ROME TO ROME
  • ROME TO CAGLIARI
  • PALERMO TO ROME
  • SEP 10 TO OCT 18
  • SEP 10 TO SEP 30
  • OCT 3 TO OCT 18
  • EUR 10500
  • EUR 7500
  • EUR 5900
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • VIVA ITALIA
    • ROME TO ROME
    • SEP 10 TO OCT 18
    • 10500 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • THE ROMAN PROVINCES
    • ROME TO CAGLIARI
    • Sep 10 - Sep 30
    • 7500 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • GIRO DEL MAR
    • PALERMO TO ROME
    • Oct 3 - Oct 18
    • 5900 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. The full tour single supplement is Euros €3900. Sectional single supplements are available upon request. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of €400 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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