Osmo Nutrition and Velo Veneto Partner for Unique Women’s Cycling Camp in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains

Passo Pordoi Panorama

(May 21, 2015: Fairfax, CA) Osmo Nutrition announced today that it has become the hydration partner for the Velo Veneto Women’s Dolomites Cycling Camp. This unique cycling camp has been designed from the ground up by women and will be staffed exclusively by women. “As inventors of the revolutionary line of hydration and recovery products specially formulated to meet women’s performance needs, we couldn’t think of a more natural partner than Osmo,” said Coreen Mazzochi of Velo Veneto. “The camp is designed to improve every aspect of our guests’ cycling; hydration and recovery will be essential to top performance here in the Dolomites.”

“Women are not small men,” said Dr. Stacy Sims, Osmo founder. “The estrogen and progesterone in our bodies impacts our performance as athletes. Osmo for Women products are based on findings that other scientists and I have published in peer-reviewed journals to address these effects. Female athletes often blame their fitness for poor performance but it is really their physiology.”

Osmo will provide guests at the Women’s Dolomites Cycling Camp with Women’s Preload Hydration, Hydration, and Protein recovery.

ABOUT Osmo Nutrition
Osmo Nutrition produces the best sports hydration & recovery products based on sound, peer-reviewed science, fieldwork with athletes, and the pioneering work of our Co-Founder Dr. Stacy Sims. Our philosophy is to use science and physiology to create unique products for men, women, and children. Hydration in the bottle, food in the pocket.
Osmo Nutrition – Lisa Hunt
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ABOUT Velo Veneto
Velo Veneto is a cycling vacation provider based in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Founded in 1986, the company focuses on challenging cycling trips for avid cyclists, racers, and gran fondo riders. In addition to scheduled camps, Velo Veneto also provides custom events for clubs, teams, and businesses.
Velo Veneto – Jason Cardillo
[email protected]


Benvenuto Jamie Bookwalter!

Jamie Dinkins Bookwalter

As we enter our 30th year (don’t feel a day over 29!), we will be both looking back at the past and towards an exciting future. Part of that future is bringing in new people to show you great rides in new places. Some of these people, like the amazing Jamie Bookwalter, will also grace the pages of our website from time to time with their words, sharing stories about the places we ride.

So without further ado, we’d like to introduce Jamie Bookwalter. Jamie lives part time in Asheville, NC, and Girona, Spain. She studied the European Woodwasp in graduate school, and holds a M.S. in Forestry from University of Georgia. She raced professionally as a mountain biker for four years, and raced two years on the road for the Colavita professional cycling team. She has traveled extensively in Europe with the US national team, as bike guide, and as a tourist. Her husband, Brent Bookwalter, is a seven-year veteran of BMC racing team, and she has cheered him on at all three grand tours.

You can follow Jamie on Twitter and you can ride with her on select Velo Veneto trips and at their fall event in North Carolina, The Bookwalter Binge.

Look for her first post this weekend, and join us in welcoming her to the Velo Veneto family!

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

One of the most enjoyable parts of Velo Veneto specifically, and cycling travel in general, is the variety. Most people think of the variety of roads, views, climbs, or races. For me, though, the variety of people, opinions, and worldviews is simply fascinating.

Throughout our history, we have had riders from many, many countries and every continent, race, religious background, political view, and any other difference you can think of. Every one of these people has added something – not only to the group they ride with, but to Velo Veneto as a whole.

And through all these years, differences, and dinner table discussions, the discourse has always remained civilized. So the violence at Charlie Hebdo today is very disturbing. No one should have to live in fear after expressing an opinion. No one should lose a father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, loved one, or friend because of an opinion. There is simply no excuse for this violence. So today we stand with Charlie Hebdo – Je Suis Charlie.

But we must also be on the watch for other curbs on journalistic opinion. Though our minds are on violence today, journalists also feel threatened when advertisers pressure for favorable coverage. Publications feel the heat from the politically powerful to promote or bury stories, or advance a particular opinion. Industry titans, and wanna-be titans, use a combination of the above to affect the narrative about products, services, and legislation.

Yet the fourth estate, whether it be the storied New York Times or niche publications like VeloNews or Cyclingnews, is critical to the ability of the public at large to gather information, see from a variety of perspectives, and hear other opinions – all important elements in the process of forming our own ideas and opinions. When the thoughts, ideas, and words of journalists are threatened in any means, we all become poorer for it.

So today, while we stand with Charlie Hebdo, we also stand with anyone resisting pressure on free thought and expression. The richness of the Velo Veneto experience is not only in the variety of roads and mountains, but in the ideas and beliefs of our guests and those who influence them.

Protect the Past or Adapt

Lino Messori Logo

The same morning I see Marc Madiot protesting to all and sundry that the world hasn’t moved on, I also see a great Rouleur interview with Luca Campanale, the director of “Alla Velocità del Cuore”. These two very different articles are two sides of the same coin – should we protect historic activities in their existing state, or should we acknowledge them and let them adapt?

This question is central to Velo Veneto. One of our core values is to introduce people to a way of life the won’t, or can’t, see at home; to let people know what the real Italy is like. But people like Lino Messori can’t exist in today’s world, advances in technology and changes in the economy assure that. So if there is protectionism, if some governing body forces people to support a craft (or race) that is no longer relevant in today’s world, are we truly experiencing the Real Italy or the Real France? Or are we looking at a time gone by? A past reality?

To me, Venice is the embodiment of this question. For the millions of people who visit this wonderful city every year, there is no question that they are looking at a historical Disneyland. The only reason Venice still exists is for the tourists. What you see on your visit is not real life, it’s the life Venetians go about to support the tourism industry and the picture they want to paint for you of a time gone by. To learn about our shared history, to experience this in the flesh, is amazing and even necessary, but it is not “real”. Were it not for the tourists, Venice long ago would have been abandoned, left for Mother Nature to take over, and subsumed into the lagoon from whence it came.

So should we protect these artifacts of the past? We don’t know the right answer, so we’ll give you both for now. A trip to Velo Veneto isn’t really complete without visiting Venice for the day. But we’ll take you to the Real Italy as well; the local framebuilder who’s moved on to new ways of expressing his craft, the corner cafe owner who uses her love of chocolates and languages to branch out to new markets around the world, and the wineries that embrace the globalization of the wine market and enjoy the challenge it presents. We will attempt to learn of and from our history, but not at the expense of forward progress. Who knows what amazing things the craftsmen (and women) of tomorrow will make Italy famous for!

Giovanni ¨Nani¨ Pinarello – 1922 to 2014

Giovanni Pinarello - photo courtesy of Pinarello

Today, the cycling world lost a legend.

Born in 1922 in Catena di Villorba (we drive through it between the airport and Castelcucco), and a pro cyclist from 1946 to 1953, Giovanni ¨Nani¨ Pinarello is best known for his eponymous bicycle brand. With 100,000 lire from his team, Nani founded his shop in 1953 in Treviso, Italy and that company developed into one of the premier bicycle brands in the world.

Our riders will remember meeting him every year during the packet pick-up for the Pinarello Gran Fondo – even in his later years, he still took the time and energy to greet as many riders as he could.

We look forward to remembering his legacy and celebrating his life at la Pinarello 2015!

This post’s photo is courtesy of Pinarello