Introducing the inspiration behind Gusto Cycling – Marco Mori
I am a passionate cyclist and have been obsessed with cycling since my uncle took me to see my first-ever professional road race in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, I was 11 years old. It was the first time I had ever seen a bike race, and the biggest names in cycling were there; Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta, Franco Bitossi, and Felice Gimondi, to name just a few. I remember being hooked on the atmosphere, colour, the speed of the riders and the crowd shouting Allez Allez as they came past each lap. It was just electric. It was a day I never forgot.
From that moment, I took up cycling with a passion. I raced as a junior and loved being part of my local cycling club; the personal challenge and the collective camaraderie were fantastic. I have made many good friends, and it has given me the opportunity to participate in cycling events in the UK, France, Italy, Israel, Jordan, and Cuba.
25 years in the Travel Industry
My career has always been in the travel industry. I have a great deal of tour operating experience, having spent 12 years working for The Walt Disney Company in a variety of senior roles, plus worked for Italian and UK tour operators.
My passion for cycling developed whilst working for Disneyland Resort Paris when I decided to organise two large Charity cycle tours in 2000 from the UK and 2002 from Belgium, both to Disneyland Resort Paris, raising over £150k for the charity “Macmillan Nurses”. Following this experience, I decided to develop further the idea of cycle tours for friends to Europe. I decided in 2010 to start my own cycling tour operation to Tuscany to capitalise on my passion for cycling, my tour operating experience and the family base in Montecatini Terme.
Operations & Logistic Support Manager – Massimo Chirli
Massimo Chirli has a great passion for cycling. He knows the Tuscan territory like the back of his hand, both on and off-road. A professional in the tourism sector for “Gran Turismo”, his knowledge of the tourist routes in Tuscany is extensive.