Stefano Martinello World's Greatest Guides
A native of Moena, Val di Fassa, in the Dolomites, Stefano Martinello started his cycling career as a mountain biker, becoming a mountain biking guide in 2010. Thanks to fellow Ciclismo guide Enrico Pizzorni, Stefano branched out to road biking and since then, he says, “I couldn’t stop my passion!” Along with biking, Stefano loves skiing, and his dream is to use these passions to travel in every continent and discover new places. At home, Stefano spends the winters skiing in the best ski resorts in the world and, in the summer, simply has to step out his door for a perfect day of cycling through the famous Dolomite passes. When not on his bike, he works as a ski instructor and a hiking guide, and particularly enjoys sharing his passions with his children and his wife.
Stefano joined Ciclismo in 2011 and has a hard time choosing his favorite Ciclismo tour, although he especially loves to ride in the Dolomites and the Sudtyrol. “It’s my place,” he says simply. His recipe for a successful tour is equally simple: just being himself, enjoying the trip, and having fun with the guests and the other guides. An avid traveler, he is always planning where to go and what to do in his next adventure. Before the cycling season is through, his goal is to hop on his bike one day early in the morning, choose a direction, and simply pedal all day, just to see how far he can ride in a day and where he ends up. And then come back home by train!
In His Own Words
“I am discovering that riding my bike brings me into a new dimension and a new vision of the places that I visit. Once I am on my bike I can pedal non-stop all day long. Meeting other cyclists or even being alone is a new adventure every day for me.”
“Ciclismo Classico trips are powerful! The tours are very well organized – a perfect mix of riding, culture, food and wine, and smiles!”
"Stefano and Massimo were always at the ready to resolve any technical difficulties that occurred. They both provided a sense of humor, and made the trip a lot of fun. I especially appreciated their focus on speaking to me mostly in Italian, and persevering through my attempts to learn and speak."