You basically can't go wrong booking Stefano. He's a considerate guide, knows all the routes nearby, and was a pro roadie for a decade. A really good option for a guide!
If you want someone who knows his way around a bike, go with him - he's also so strong that any dude that is in LA to race or train would have fun going with him. But then he's considerate enough that if this is also your first time on a bike, you'd be well served!
If I could pick anyone to guide me on a road, gravel or mountain biking trip through the Santa Monica Mountains, it would be Stefano. He practically oozes with enthusiasm for the roads and trails he's made his home for many years and thousands of miles. All the fitness of a pro rider, but all the attentiveness to his guests and safe riding that you'd expect from a professional tour guide. Stefano is more than happy to point out different trails, sites, secret water spots, mountain peaks, wildlife, alternate routes, or whatever your curiosity leads you to ask about along the way. His VeloGuide VIP ride was an absolute treat and I look forward to hopefully riding with him again soon.
It was so great riding with Stefano. Even though he’s a pro he makes you feel comfortable riding at your own pace and always tells you what is coming up. He had lots of local knowledge about things on the route and told great stories of his pro days and meeting Michael Woods when he was just starting out. I would totally recommend a day out with Stefano. Oh - his wife is doubly awesome and arranged for a delicious lunch when we were finished :)
Stefano is the best guide. I had the please of riding with him for 3 days and his knowledge of the roads is amazing. He knows how to keep everyone safe and where the best places to stop are. I can't wait to ride with him again.
Stefano guided us around the Santa Monica Mountains in a group with varying skill levels. He is so kind and patient, pointing out peaks, coffee spots, filming locations and eateries. He is a super Veloguide with a ton of local knowledge. I’m looking forward to riding with Stefano again!
Stefano was lending a hand with a vip ride with Phil Gaimon. I have to say that I was extremely impressed with him as a guide. He stayed at the back and took care of the slower (but very capable) riders. He was always pointing out anything sketchy and was super atentative to the guests. If you want to ride in West Lake area he is the man!
Had a great ride through the hills surrounding LA with pro Stefano. Lot's of stories and local knowledge. I wanted some challenge so he lifted up the pace a few times and it was fun to just hang on his wheel!