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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 operating trips with their company 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 company based in Emilia Romagna and Tuscany – owned and operated by Monica and Maria Elena Malpezzi Price and Michele Boglioni, Monica’s partner in life and business.  Monica and Maria Elena are also co-owners of the guided bike tour company, ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours.  As a family, we grew up planning, designing and guiding cycling tours throughout Europe and we are thrilled to continue that legacy with a strong foundation in Italy.

As an Italian-American cycling family we spent our formative years living, 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, Michele and Maria Elena

Our Staff

Stefania Casadei – Self Guided Tour Product Manager

Self-Guided Cycling tour Manager

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, India, 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 – Finance and Rentals 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.” 

Javier Lardone – Sales and Marketing

Javier is a lover of active travel and joined us recently after moving to Italy with his wife and three small girls from Texas. His experience organizing and leading cycling tours in South America and Europe, as well as his background in relationship sales and marketing, made him a great fit for our growing team at Cycle Europe.

Born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina, his father’s work took his family to the United States, Norway, and Venezuela, among other countries while he was growing up. After studying International Business in Texas, he spent a decade working as a sales rep for tech companies in the Caribbean and Latin America (five years living in Mexico, a country he misses dearly!). These experiences forged his passion for travel, and he eventually left the “corporate world” to start exploring the “real world.”  In his journey to discover the real world he traveled throughout Latin America, doing everything outdoors – he worked as a scuba diving guide in Brazil, explored jungles in Central America and marveled at the ancient Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. And he crossed Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil by car, by foot and bike. Today all his time (and energy) are spent with his family, who luckily share his curiousity and lust for travel!

Sara Letterelli – Tour Sales and Operations

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 Sara 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 – Rentals and Self Guided Tour Logistics Coordinator

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Dave Lane – Bike Mechanic

Imported during the bike touring season from Wales, Dave was born and bred in Cardiff.  Originally a middle distance athlete, Dave loves to stay fit, and he now lets the bike take the strain! His first big event was the Virginia City Massacre mountain bike race, back in the 80’s, and he hasn’t looked back since. A career in the newspaper industry ended in 2012 when he decided to make a complete career change and he attained bicycle mechanic qualifications Cytech 1, 2 & 3. His love for cycling and exploring new roads (and sunny, warm weather!) led him to us, and he did his first full season with us in 2014. He is also a mechanic at a busy bikeshop in Cardiff which caters to a large commuter trade and is frequented by some of the UK’s top cyclists – in 2016, for example, Dave worked on the Women’s Tour of Brittany. Among other qualifications, he is certified for Shimano Road, Mountainbike and Ebike.

Dave speaks English, and can exchange pleasantries in Welsh – which he often shares with the international staff at Cycle Europe as they try to improve on his Italian!

His favourite cycling discipline is the road and he currently rides an ex-team issue Giant Alpecin TCR.

He is also avidly exploring the local Romagna gravel trails.

Dave enjoys a challenge and is looking to complete more of the signature road climbs in Europe and is hoping to complete the ‘Marmotte’ this year that includes the Col De Telegraph. Col De Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.

 

 

 

Michele Boglioni – Chief Tour Designer

Michele grew up in a village at the base of the Alps, in Lombardy. He studied Environmental Science in Milan and tried working in the environmental law field, but the call to adventure was too great. He headed to Australia for six-months of backpacking, then returned to Italy and started teaching at an environmental education school. He has also worked as a guide in a natural reserve and as a tour leader for other companies. Michele has a long history leading cycling tours for the BikesPlus group. Now busy at home with a growing family, he works from our farm headquarters as our chief tour designer and stays very busy managing our routes and tour quality control.

  • With BikePlus since: 2004
  • Languages: I speak Italian, English and some Spanish
  • Favorite bike item: Front bike light
  • Favorite place to ride: Romagna hills
  • Next dream vacation: I would go over and over again to Northern Argentina

“Michele goes out of his way to make the tour great. He worked with the locals well, and was well liked by me and my fellow travelers.”

“Excellent; he is smart, personable, friendly. He always added a ray of sunshine to the day!”

“Michele is outstanding. We have traveled with him before and continue to find his leadership and organizational skills exemplary. He is sensitive to safety and yet encourages and adapts to individual riders’ interests and abilities. He is always helpful and has a great sense of humor.”

Veronica Montanari – Office Intern and Itinerary Development

Veronica is an intern here and was born in Forlimpopoli (near the Cycle Europe office), even if someone said she came out directly from a mountain. After her High School graduation with a major in foreign languages she got a job as sales assistant and store manager in a shop based in Forlì. A traveler since the age of 2, from Hungary to Argentina, she has also been to the US several times to the wild lands of Alaska. Veronica is very fond of the mountains, kind of an amateur theatre actress and a wandering photographer. Her bike got a pierced basket and is losing parts but she’s the most beautiful in the world and her name is Isotta.

 

  • With Cycle Europe since: February 2019
  • Languages: Italian, English, basic French and Spanish
  • Favorite bike item: Pedals
  • Favorite place to ride: Romagna countryside, away from traffic
  • Next dream vacation: Anywhere I’m happy; wondering about Senegal!

*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)”