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João Correia began racing as a kid in Portugal, and went on to ride professionally. In 1996 he left cycling for college, which led to a career in the fast paced New York City publishing world. João’s wanderlust spirit took him on assignments with Hearst on titles such as Esquire Magazine that included working in Prague, Milan, San Francisco and New York. But the passion for the bike was always well rooted with João and eventually he became the Associate Publisher of Bicycling Magazine. With that he started to ride seriously again and eventually lost 60 pounds which led him back to the top echelon of professional cycling as a member of the Cervelo Test Team in a transformation that the New York Times called a remarkable athletic achievement.

João moved to Chianti, Italy to train and live before competing in many of Europe’s grandest cycling events. After he retired from the peloton, he wanted to go back and just ride and eat in Chianti. He tweeted a few friends to join him and the rest is history as they say. Bicycling Magazine came along for the ride and eventually labeled the trip as the “Greatest Ride on Earth” in their September 2011 issue. He knew he was on to something and now he invites a few select guests to come and experience the countries and events he loves. Speaking 6 languages, his infectious love for adventure as well as his deeply connected friendships set the tone for each trip – No one knows how to wine and dine like João!