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Cycle Europe - serving bicycle travellers since 1972

About Us

Owners of Cycle-Europe

Monica and Maria Elena Malpezzi Price

Our family has been cycling the world since 1972. Our parents,  Rick Price and Paola Malpezzi Price started Bike Across Italy in 1972 and went on to operate Italian Specialty Tours, Inc. and ExperiencePlus! Specialty Tours, Inc.

Today Cycle Europe is a brand of BikesPlus SRL*, a cycling tour operator and bicycle rental provider based in Forli, Italy – owned and operated by us,  Rick and Paola’s daughters, Monica and Maria Elena. We grew up planning, designing and guiding cycling tours throughout Europe and in addition we own and operate ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours.

As an Italian-American cycling family we have spent our lives working and cycling across cultural and language boundaries between the US and Europe.  We realized a long time ago that cycling was the best way to slow down and see the world.  We hope we can help you do the same.

Happy Cycling,
Monica and Maria Elena Price

Our Staff

Stefania Casadei – Operations Manager and Tour Coordinator

Stefania is a Forlì, Italy native. She previously worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst, but left that life behind to spend more time on a bike. When she is not working for Cycle Europe, she likes traveling to far flung places such as Nepal, IndiaSelf-Guided Cycling tour Manager, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. Stefania loves meeting people, experiencing different cultures, and exploring countries at the speed of a bike.

  • With Cycle Europe since: 1999
  • Languages: Italian and English, along with some Spanish and super basic German
  • Favorite bike item: Front and rear lights
  • Favorite place to ride: Anywhere safe
  • Next dream vacation: I’d like to go Bhutan and back to Argentina

“I’m still marveling at how organized and knowledgeable this young woman was, to say nothing of her constant cheerfulness and accommodating attitude.”

“Stefania was an incredible tour leader. She was always there when we needed and could not have been more helpful and caring. Her vibrant personality made the trip so super.”

“We called Stefania the sweetie. She smiles more than anyone I know!”

“Stefania, native Italian, grounded and solid, gave us the confidence that she’d seen it all at one time or another on tour, so we didn’t need to be worried or afraid. She’s got a great giggle too!”


Silvia Leoni – Business Development and Rental Manager

Silvia began working for Cycle Europe after spending six years working for an accounting firm in Ireland.  Having returned to her hometown of Faenza (also home of Cycle Europe’s headquarters), Silvia now manages custom tours and bicycle rentals and bookings for Cycle Europe

Outside of the office, Silvia enjoys mountain biking as well as road cycling, lindy hop dancing and live music.

  • With Cycle Europe since: 2011
  • Languages: Italian, English and some French.
  • Favorite bike item: my helmet.
  • Favorite place to ride: anywhere with little traffic and nice views.
  • Next dream vacation: anywhere but cycling!

“The bikes were excellent. Silvia’s service was outstanding – crisply efficient, friendly, very well informed and helpful. We were especially grateful for the map which we had tried (but failed) to purchase in the UK from a map specialist shop in London. It made a huge difference.”

“We enjoyed the trip and want to thank Silvia, Rick, Andre, and all the rest of the team for making our trip unforgettable!”

“I would like to commend Silvia Leoni for excellent custom service and support throughout. From the first time I contacted Cycle Europe earlier this year all the way through the end of our trip she has been reliable, very responsive, patient and friendly. My experience communicating and arranging details with her was exceptional. “

We appreciate the time spent by Silvia and all the support staff to assure that our trip was exceptional.  Thank you!”

Igor Baccini – Logistics and Equipment Manager

Igor BacciniIgor is a master of logistics. During our busiest season in Europe he assigns equipment to all European tours and supervises the movement of vans and bikes traveling throughout Europe. Additionally, he works with our full time mechanics to ensure all bikes are in top shape before leaving our Italian headquarters. He also is one of our star tour leaders in Europe. In his spare time he can’t get away from biking and he spends his vacation bicycle touring with his family.  Igor has been skateboarding since he was thirteen and loves helping  friends build parks and ramps. Although he does not drink coffee, does not follow soccer, and has a Russian name, do not be fooled, he is 100% Italian.

“Igor was very knowledgeable about the route and always ready to help when needed.”

“Igor was just amazing. He constantly went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy. This guy seemed tireless as he worked on our bikes even after riding with us on some of the more daunting days. He was well organized, knew his stuff, but, most importantly, he was someone that was fun to travel with. The best way to describe Igor is that he took care of us like we were family.”

“This guy is excellent, and so conscientious.” 

Sara Letterelli – Office Assistant

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Sara started as an intern at Cycle Europe while she was a student at the University of Forlì. She studied veterinarian medicine for two years before deciding she was more passionate about travel and language. Sara took a break from school to pursue her passion for travel. She left her hometown of Forlì to work as an au pair in Chicago, USA and spent half a year in Australia. Upon returning to Italy, Sara enrolled in university to study language and interpretation, during which time she also spent a semester abroad in Shanghai, China. Shortly after graduation Sarah joined Cycle Europe full-time. When she’s not working, Sara enjoys volleyball in all its forms – competing, watching, and refereeing. She is an avid music lover and says she is “old fashioned enough to still buy CDs as opposed to buying digital downloads.”

  • With Cycle Europe since: 2014
  • Languages: Italian, English, a bit of Slovak and very basic Mandarin
  • Favorite bike item: Lights
  • Favorite place to ride: easy flat rides away from traffic
  • Next dream vacation: so many places I would love to visit! New Zealand, Argentina, Siberia in Russia…but I would also love to explore Italy more.

Giovanni Simoni – Rental Assistant and Bicycle Mechanic

Giovanni is a Bologna native and lover of all things cycling.  Giovanni received a master degree in Development Innovation and Change from the University of Bologna followed by a master of Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands (where he learned to tolerate cycling in wet, windy conditions). Upon finishing school in the Netherlands Giovanni returned to Bologna where he owned a bicycle shop specializing in assembling and restoring vintage bikes.

Giovanni wears many hats around Cycle Europe including travel logistics, customer support, and working in the bike shop. When he’s not at the office or out delivering bikes you can often find Giovannini cycling – be it around the city or on long-distance trips through Europe.

  • With Cycle Europe since: 2016
  • Languages: Italian, English, French, and a bit of Dutch
  • Favorite bike item: The hubs, but I love old style track cycling equipment
  • Favorite place to ride: Nice and silent roads along countryside, hills and mountains
  • Next dream vacation:  I believe you don’t need to travel very far to find beauty and joy. Happiness is just around the corner if you know where to look.

Davide Grilli – Bike Mechanic

Davide seems to always have known he wanted to work with bikes: he attended a special high school in Italy to become a mechanic. He is back in Italy after having lived in Australia for 7 years where he also was working as a bike mechanic. In 2010 he came back to Italy to work in a bike shop just for the summer and not long after that decided to move back to Italy for good.

Davide is well known in the office for his love of homemade pasta. At least once a week he hops on his bike and rides to a local restaurant for a plate of cappelletti for lunch!

  • With Cycle Europe since: 2015
  • Languages: Italian, English
  • Favorite bike item: my backpack
  • Favorite place to ride: to the beach
  • Next dream vacation: South of Italy

Attilio Benicchio – Bike Mechanic

Attilio studied accounting in high school, but his passion for cycling was a part of his life ever since he was a kid. He started racing in amateur categories when he was 15 and has not stopped riding since – though mostly for pleasure and not as a racer. He has enough stories from his numerous trips to keep us entertained for days. Some of the places he has cycled include the Black Forest, Camino de Santiago in Spain, New Zealand, Patagonia, Syria, South Africa, and most recently in Mongolia (where he helped some kids with their bike issues!)

He is well known in the office for his sense of adventure and for the delicious bread he bakes.

  • With Cycle Europe since: 2014
  • Languages: Italian, some English
  • Favorite bike item: jerseys
  • Favorite place to ride: Anywhere there are mountain biking trails
  • Next dream vacation: Mountain biking in Colorado and Utha.

*BIKESPLUS SRL, Agenzia Viaggi On Line con SCIA al Comune di Forlì : Protocollo n.10890 del 09/02/2015, nel rispetto della normativa sull’e-commerce (D.Lgs.70/2003, D.Lgs 206/2005 – Codice del Consumo, D.Lgs. 21/2014)”