TLC Cycling Camp


June 1 – July 31, 2017

Interested? Send us an email at OR simply comment here. 

We hope you will join us in one of our favorite spots in the universe. True, we haven’t traveled intergalactically but everything in our soul says even the brightest star can’t hold a candle to this spot.

Trentino. Italy’s cycling mecca.

Since falling in love with the area during a dream trip in 2005, we have spent summers exploring the region’s glorious alpine peaks and serene valleys, discovering one epic ride after another, and developing an arsenal of jaw-dropping circuits to share with friends.


Pedaling with cycling legend Francesco Moser, July 2015.

Along the way, we have cultivated relationships with the area’s best bike shops, acclaimed restaurants, and winemakers and often had the privilege – and invaluable education – of riding with Italian legends of the sport in this majestic area they choose to call home.

For us, Trentino is the true heart of Italy.

The region offers Italy’s best cycling while simultaneously serving up an overabundance of classic Italian delights: cuisine, culture, and vino.

And, now we want to share this special place with you, our cycling friends and fellow adventurers.

In June and July 2017, accomplished cyclist Matt Simpson will lead small group, open camps for avid cyclists. Each ride and activity is customized to fit your individual or group needs. To begin planning, simply send us an email at 

Helping you reach performance and fitness goals while enjoying a
once-in-a-lifetime Italian vacation is our mission.

We will discuss your hopes for the perfect holiday – on and off the bike –
and develop a plan to maximize your training, your time,
and your dreams of
la dolce vita.

Campers Michael and Karen on last riding day, July 2015.





What is an open camp?
“Open” simply means, you can join us for a few days, a week, two weeks, whatever suits your schedule and goals. We customize the specifics – number of days, ride levels, additional activities, etc. – based on your interests and goals.

Are we sleeping in tents? Nope, that’s not what we mean by camp (see below for more information on our comfortable accommodations.) By “camp,” we mean you are in one location for the duration of your visit, giving riders an opportunity to dive deeper into Trentino’s outstanding offerings. You need not worry about moving every day, from our base there are dozens of epic routes, right outside the door.


Like a kid in a candy store. Photo courtesy of

Designed to benefit cyclists with a passion for improving skills and performance while exploring Italy one breathtaking kilometer after the next,
 our TRENTINO CYCLING CAMP begins June 1 and runs through July 31.


Your pace can’t help but to quicken with those majestic peaks ahead in the distance.

“Matt took my wife and I on an adventure tailored to our differing riding abilities that enveloped us with the beauty of the landscape, the warmth of local friends, the superb flavors of regional cuisine, and the joy that comes from combining all these things.  I can’t wait to go back.”

– Michael B., Birmingham, AL, proud Maratona finisher 2015


You’ll see more cows than cars on our routes.

How will the camp benefit me?

Signing up for the camp ensures a hassle-free way to experience the very best riding in Italy while also enjoying a dream vacation. We handle all logistics of rides and select activities, provide travel tips and suggestions for Trentino and beyond, while introducing you to the life we treasure in this region. You will experience this amazing area of the country in a way few tourists have before.


Much to explore in every direction, photo courtesy of

Where is the camp located?
Based from a charming three-star, family-owned hotel in the foothills of the Dolomites, in the small, historic village of Vattaro, the camp provides a window into real Italian life. The good stuff.

In the village, you’ll find a handful of family-run restaurants serving mouth-watering homemade pasta and pizza, from recipes passed down through generations and using ingredients sourced within a few miles; a world-class pastry shop that doubles as a wine and beer garden in the evening; a handy little market; historic homes (some dating from the 13th century;) and a stunning medieval church, all serenely tucked in by soaring mountains and lush forest.


It’s the kind of place where you know exactly where the cheese you eat comes from and by whose hand it was made. Photo courtesy of


Matt, in his favorite old school PBR cap, with camper Dan, above Lake Caldonazzo.

“If given the opportunity to ride with Matt, do it. It will be an experience of a lifetime and all you have to do is live by his favorite phrase,‘Just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling.'”
– Dan B., South Carolina



The location is ideal for accessing some of Italy’s most breathtaking rides and roadways. Each day we will set off on a different ride, straight out of the hotel. You simply won’t believe these climbs or the diversity of landscape and challenges.

And what makes the experience even better is Trentino’s cycling infrastructure. They love cyclists here! You will see fellow riders throughout the day as we navigate bike-friendly roads, tackle climbs and switchbacks, and lunch in cycling-themed cafes along the way. The area’s train service is dependable and bike-car equipped so we also have the option of going for distance one-way, celebrating our victory with wine and beer, then returning home by train.

Trentino is a cyclist’s dream. It’s really that simple.



Watching the 2015 Giro d’Italia roll right by our village on routes we ride every day.



Enjoying the village’s nightlife at a local watering hole.

How do I get more info and/or sign up?
Simply email us at and let’s begin the dialogue. Once we’ve discussed your needs and interests thoroughly, we will prepare your Cycling Camp Vacation Outline and all-inclusive quote. 

The quote will include guided rides, lodging in our favorite three-star family hotel, a delicious Italian breakfast and dinner at the inn’s restaurant (wine and beer included,) spa access, and any additional activities pre-planned from the list below. Please note: costs not included are your flights and transportation to Italy, race or event fees, bike rental or transport of your own bike from home, car rental, train tickets, and other transportation, and any off-site dinners, drinks, or other meals on your own.


Your guide Matt on one of his favorite rides up Passo Manghen.

I am an avid cyclist – hitting about 10,000 miles annually – with a leaning toward competition. However the heart of my passion is in the exploration of new places by bike.

I love to explore local roads during the day, then enjoy delicious regional cuisine and wine as the reward for working up a
good sweat.

Trentino is the pinnacle of that process for me.

There are so many opportunities for unbelievable mountain climbs and valley cruising. No matter how many times I ride in this area, I find myself in awe of its beauty and diversity.

I look forward to hitting the road with you and sharing in Trentino’s vast offerings. Send me an email at with any and all questions.”
– Matt Simpson


Ribbons of road here are ideal for trekkers and cyclists. Photo courtesy of