Words by: Stuart O’Grady
Our first GreenEdge Cycling tour was an incredible experience. Mitchelton-Scott was leading the Giro and had won numerous stages when we assembled just out of Treviso in the North East of Italy. Our group, over the next 10 days, were bubbling with excitement, like kids in a candy shop, we were about to embark on a once in a lifetime, cycling experience.
We not only met the entire team, but we also ate dinner alongside the riders and were accompanied by team owner Gerry Ryan & General Manager Shayne Bannan. We had organised to stay in the same Hotel, so running into the guys became the norm’ & it also got us inside access into the Teams buses, trucks & staff.
The guys got to ride some of the most iconic climbs in Italy such as Colle della Finistré, Monte Grappa & the crazy steep Zoncolan. We rode over the same roads as the Pros with our fully supported vehicles then watched them race past live.
We even managed to get the guests into a Team Car to follow the ITT. These are some of the perks travelling with me as most of the Directors are friends and ex-team mates, so if I can make it happen, I will.
We explored the cities, ate together on the side of Lake Como or on a mountain pass as the Giro went by. It really was a fascinating trip. Even for myself who has seen everything there is to see on a bike, seeing it from the other side of the barriers was brilliant… And a lot more fun 😉