Today I finally got to mark a ‘tick’ against that little list we all have of the ’100 things to do before I die’. Being a amateur road cyclist, my love for the professional side of this sport is undying. Now that we live here in Italy, and more importantly in Europe, the opportunity to see the Giro d’Italia as well as the upcoming Tour de France in person is fullfilling a dream.
Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia finished in one of the most beautiful towns that Calabria has to offer, Tropea. After Angela finished work, we hopped in the car a drove the 40kms needed to reach this little hamlet. The stage started some 217kms north in Sapri, in the region of Campania and snaked it’s way down through the undulating roads of Calabria. To see some of the current greats of world cycling pushing themselves beyond their personal limits in persuit of line honours, is a memory I will forever cherish.
Before this stage met its end, we decided we would pay homage to the Mediterranean sun and enjoy our first taste of the local seafront. Now that we are starting to experience warmer days after enduring a very long and cold winter, the liberty we have to access some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean needs not to be ignored.