This is another of my “catch-up” posts, this time from earlier in the year in Italy. I wrote some brief posts from Rimini when I worked there in May but I dashed off to Australia and New Zealand before I finished my photos and other content.
In just two weeks time I am seeing the group I was with in Rimini again so I decided I need to get the gallery posted.
We had a lovely evening ride in the sunshine around the historic centre of Rimini. It was a complete contrast to the congested and artificial environment along the holiday beaches. This was much more the ancient heart of a city that has existed since as a Roman centre since 268BC.
The car free city centre preserves the atmosphere and much of the historic squares. I can hardly imagine it when the city is packed with summer visitors but May was a great time to visit with nice weather just before the peak season.
It also showed us who Rimini is a real cycling city. Like so many towns that have closed their city centre to cars a bicycle is by far the easiest way to enter and cross the historic centre. A network of lovely linear parks also threads around the historic walls meaning that much of our ride was car free and completely leisurely.
And of course what I always like about the group rides I do with ECF colleagues is the sense of sharing. Our multinational groups are always fun as we share our backgrounds and experiences while cycling. How about this for a mix this time – Italian of course, but also Dutch, Danish, Austrian, Belgian, Greek, British, French, Slovenian, Croatian, Maltese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian. Outstanding.
Hi. Found your blog through cycling tags. This is so lovely! But how come you have the same bikes? I’m just curious.
They came from the city of Rimini bike share as they were assisting our hosts.
I have some other general cycling info about Rimini which I will publish in a week or two, including the bike share.
Looks great, but I think you should add a token Australian representative to the next multinational ride.
As long as I can trust you not to turn up in helmet and lycra I will keep you in mind for an invite!