Cycling in Pantani country

Back at the start of October I spent a week cycling in Northern Italy with members of my cycling club. We stayed in Emilia-Romagna, a region on the Adriatic coast to the south of Venice. It’s an area that doesn’t automatically spring to the mind of many British cyclists when they sit down to plan a trip abroad, but legendary Tour de France winner Marco Pantani once said had everything he needed for Grand Tour training: combinations of flat terrain and challenging climbs.

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