Recently our Operations Manager, Daryl Saul, jumped ship to Italy for cycling vacation. He sat down with me to answer a few questions about his trip:
This is your second trip to Italy riding mostly road. What do you think are the biggest differences between road riding the Italian countryside & Colorado front range?
I can’t speak for Italy as a whole, but as far as Tuscany goes, the biggest differences are the roads, vegetation, and the terrain. The roads are narrow and rolling, winding through farmlands and vast hilly vineyards. Because of the elevated humidity levels compared to Colorado some of the hilly roads are in covered canopies with mossy edges. The terrain is generally flat to rolling unless you head up into the hills, much like our foothills here in Boulder.
Are drivers more courteous there or here?
The drivers in Tuscany are all pretty good for the most part. If you’re riding your bike on a road with not much of a shoulder, they’re not afraid of just passing you close. As you know drivers here in the states are scared of cyclists thinking that they are just going to swerve out into traffic, thus sitting behind you until they have the entire road to pass. As for sharing the road when driving, it’s awesome. None of the drivers take things personally and will go around you at anytime. If you are in a hurry you can drive fast and no one gives you grief.
You recently purchased a Cannondale Supersix Evo with Dura Ace. Love it or Hate it?
I love it. I think it’s my favorite bike to date. Carbon technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the past ten years, and I have to say that Cannondale is producing some of greatest out there. The bike is super light and you can really tell when you get on the pedals.
What part of your trip was your favorite?
I think just experiencing and embracing another culture that is passionate about cycling, food, and wine as much as I am makes it all worth while… plus sharing the experience with friends.
Best food you ate?
Worst food you ate?
Interview by Jason Bellegarde