Renato Matta

Renato MattaRenato has had a bike ever since he can remember. At the age of 14 he discovered road bikes, which gave him the opportunity to explore many places around his hometown and beyond. He learned quickly how to take care of his bike, learning basic mechanical tricks and more.

When he was 18 years old, he got his first mountain bike and a new frontier unfolded before him. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to mountain biking and has even did some cross-country and downhill competitions. However, he still gets the most pleasure from riding peacefully through the wilderness and leisurely with friends.

In 1999, he started organizing excursions for friends and small groups when—by coincidence—he met a tour operator who was in need of guides in Sardinia. It was then that he became a bike tour guide, as it was the perfect way for him to reconnect with his soul. Now, after 15 years of being a full-time guide, he’s led over 150 tours not only in Sardinia, but all over Italy and in other countries as well. And while his love for mountain biking is still very strong, he’s also rediscovered his passion for road biking over the years, too.

In Their Own Words

“I’ve seen many beautiful places, but my favorite is still my beautiful island of Sardinia. On a mountain bike or on a road bike, the variety of environments, stunning views, climate and great food never get old! Sardinia, for me, is one of the best destinations for a cycling holiday. I also have to mention the magical Dolomites, which are a bit demanding at times, but incredibly beautiful. It’s most definitely a must-see destination.

Aside from my unconditional love for cycling, what I love most about my job is meeting new people and sharing my passion with them. In my years as a guide, I’ve met so many people who have often become my friends and all of them have enriched my life in many ways. I’m always looking to connect with others and cultivate friendships when I’m out on the road!”