George Hincapie, the legendary 17-times rider of the Tour de France, is to venture into the hotel business, bringing a slice of the continent to South Carolina.
Along with his brother Rich, George will open the aptly-named Hotel Domestique in the Blue Ridge Mountains in August, with 13 rooms all beautifully set around mediterranean-style gardens.
There will be 29 acres of grounds too, along with vineyards - and the area is perfect for cycling. There will be a bike mechanic among the staff to help out guests and get them up and running.
Visit the website for more info.
<p>After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.</p>