Our Local Team
One of the beauties of an Ensemble Cycling vacation is that it's not just about the bike. After a great long morning riding some of the best routes in the world, most of our travelers put the bikes aside and go exploring the local scene.
Off-the-bike, your key to that local scene is your Local Host. They live nearby and take a break from their regular lives to host you, to make it special and to ensure things run smoothly.
They offer an insider's perspective to help you understand the true personality of the place, and to enjoy the rhythm of local life in a way you might never discover on your own.
Maybe you'd like to go truffle hunting or taste the freshest olive oil right from the press. Lean how to make pasta by hand the traditional way. Join in the contrada festivities during Siena's medieval Palio. Or simply enjoy a game of boules with the locals on a sunny Provencal afternoon.
Your Local Host works behind the scenes to set up dinners and events, to help you explore on your own. But they'll also take you along to show you places “off the tourist track” only the locals know about. She'll take you to taste with winemakers whose wines you'll never see back home. Or show you where the locals buy their fabrics – at a discount. Ensemble Cycling gives you access to the local scene like no one else.
Besides our Local Hosts, our team includes chefs, Rail Greeters to get you smoothly to the villa, winemakers, Rider Leaders.... It's more than just what we know about Europe, it's who we know. And it's why a Ensemble Cycling vacation is something you and your traveling companions will remember for a lifetime.