Tricia is an ex-New Yorker currently living in California. Tricia spent her high school years living in Verona so she likes to come back to visit, staying for a few months or a few weeks. It was quite by chance that we first met in 2006. She eventually joined Gruppo 1 and went on the 2006 Corsica Tour. She came back in 2007 and stayed for the Puglia Tour. She also had the good timing to be here for the Giro d'Italia TT stage from Bardolino to Verona which was commemorated with a maglia rosa (pink jersey) ride on the same course.
Brent was put in touch with me through a friend of a friend of a friend. He lives in Florida and has the good fortune of having to travel to Italy for IT contract work. He brings along his beautiful Hampsten S&S Ti bike and is ready to ride about an hour after arriving in Verona. We've had a lot of good rides and dinners.
David is from the Chicago area. We first met in 2006 when he first visited Verona (with no bike). He promised to bring his bike the "next time" which he did in 2007. It was the first time David did any climbing on his bike but by the end of his visit he was right at home on the climbs, including a memorable trip to a glacial lake northwest of Lake Garda.
I am fortunate that the Gruppo 1 club is very open minded and warmly receives the visitors I bring to the club rides. Believe me, it's a completely different experience than coming over on a tour.