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news Italy Week 2014 ups sticks and heads to Riccione for the week

So, is in Italy for the week. Yep, we’re running the whole shebang from out here on the Adriatic coast courtesy of our hosts at the Belvedere Hotel, Riccione.

Now we know what you’re thinking: “You lot have just swanned off for a holiday in the sun.”

Holiday? Us? As if!

Italy has the cycling culture, the weather, the hills and mountains, the coffee, the ice cream… so we’re here for a week to take it all in and share it with you. Since you can’t be here with us, it’s the least we can do. No, really, you don’t need to thank us.

We’ve sorted out a whole bunch of bikes to tell you about while we’re here, all but one of them from Italian brands. These are they:

• Wilier Zero 9
• De Rosa King XS
• Colnago V1-R
• Bianchi Infinito CV Disc
• Raleigh Revenio Carbon 4 (think of it as the Mini in the Italian Job plus it has an Italian sounding name)

The Wilier, the De Rosa and the Colnago are all built up with components from Italy’s Campagnolo. Oh yeah, we’ve not just come up with a shoddy justification for going on holiday, we’ve come up with a well thought through justification for going on holiday.

So, you can expect ride reports from us on all of these bikes over the course of the week, plus some stuff on where we’ve ridden, an Italian focus in the news (the route for the 2015 Giro d’Italia will be announced on Monday, for example), and anything else Italian that comes our way, ice creams frothy coffees that sort of thing.

If it makes you feel any better, it’s not all fun and games for us out here. Oh no, hang on. It is.

Anyway, ciao for now.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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