Exporide has begun. The riders arrived to Italy on Saturday morning flying in from three different locations – most of us from Estonia, except for Villu who flew in from Vienna from a business trip and Nastja, who is currently studying in Amsterdam and therefore arrived directly from the country of tulips and windmills.

Most of the group had already met before, those who hadn't got acquainted now. Travelling with us are Mart and Kalev from TV3 who will be reporting our trip as well as the events taking place at Expo Milan on Estonian national day, June 7th.

After meeting up with our bus driver Margus we set camp in Como in a picturesque b&b overlooking lake Como, the town and magnificent mountains.

Most of the day was spent setting up the bicycles, adjusting derailleurs, inflating new tires and greasing whatever had to be greased. The rest we spent exploring the beatiful town, nearby mountains and enjoyed a magnificent dinner prepared by our hostess Federika.

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