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Cycling in the road bike land

A tour in the land of cycling, where many champions were born and train and home to some of the most prestigious companies in the sector. You can put yourself to the test with long ascents, like Monte Grappa and reward yourself then with the delights of this area: Prosecco from the Treviso hills, truffles from the Colli Berici and seafood from Venetian cuisine. Like this you combine a passion for cycling with pleasures for the palate and the eyes.
  • Day by Day

    1. Individual arrival in Vicenza.
    Vicenza isthe city of racing bikes and home to many professional cyclists. A city of art and industry, it is where dozens of world-famous companies are headquartered: Fizik, Selle Italia, Wilier, Campagnolo and many others.

    2. Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (120 km, + 1,500 m, 5 h).
    From Vicenza you cycle north towards Marostica: you pedal through the square where they play chess and up along the castle walls, heading for the high plain of Asiago. The ascent to Asiago is intimidating, 15 km at 6% that leaves you breathless but with splendid scenery, through secular woods with the tallest of pine trees. A slight downhill stretch and then immediately up again towards Foza and again down to Valstagna. The Valsugana cycle path takes you to Bassano.
    Ferri says:
    the worst part is the ascent up to Asiago. I have cycled it hundreds of times with Pozzato, Rebellin, Ballan… you are highly likely to meet them on these roads.

    3. Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (120 km, + 2,500 m, 6 h).
    This stage starts immediately with the ascent up Monte Grappa, where epic battles were fought in the World War I, but also in the Giro d'Italia and in the historic race that has been run here since 1930: 27 km, a difference of 1,500 metres in altitude, with a central apparently flat stretch of 3.5 km. Long descent down to Valdobbiadene in the province of Treviso, through the Prosecco wine hills.
    Variant (80 km, 700 m, 4 h). Those wanting to avoid the Grappa ascent can follow the road that runs through the Asolo hills, a lovely town with a fortress, and then continue to Valdobbiadene and Treviso.
    Ferri says:
    a wonderful route if the weather is good. In bad weather, come down from Monte Grappa via Camposolagna-Campo Croce-Crespano: the descent from the top of Grappa to Valdobbiadene is demanding and can become dangerous when it rains.

    4. Treviso – Treviso (100 km, + 1,300 m, 4 h).
    A tough circular route with continual uphill–downhill stretches through the Montello and Prosecco hills. A visit to Vittorio Veneto, this lovely town where you can take a break before heading back to Treviso.
    Ferri says:
    today the scenery is still breathtaking here, through vineyards and woods, along roads where many Treviso based professional cyclists train. This stage partly follows the world Treviso circuit, won by Joop Zoetemelk, ahead of Greg Lemond and Moreno Argentin.
    Pace yourselves otherwise you might find it difficult to reach your hotel!

    5. Treviso – Venice – Chioggia (80 km).
    A flat route along the canals of the Sile River that head seawards. You cycle through Jesolo, a renowned summer tourist resort and come to Cavallino Treporti, where you take a ferry that stops in Venice, Lido island, Pellestrina and Chioggia.
    Ferri says:
    an easy stage, on the flat, dominated by the scent of the sea and sand.

    6. Chioggia – Padua (Abano Terme) (100 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h).
    The stage starts with 40 km of flat cycling along the rivers to Monselice. From here you come to the Euganei Hills regional park, where you find continual ascents and descents, some hard, and delightful little towns such as Arquà Petrarca. This stage ends in Abano Terme, a renowned spa resort.
    Ferri says:
    be careful of the wind during the first part and pace your pedalling, as the last part is winding with some of the ascents arduous and up to 3-4 km long. Today’s stage is another classic for professionals on the Giro del Veneto.

    7. Padua – Vicenza (100 km, + 1,300 m, 4 h).
    You leave the Euganei Hills behind you and cycle to Ponte di Barbarano, where the road starts to rise and fall a dozen times, through the Colli Berici. Down towards Costozza and after a few km on the level, as you come into Vicenza, you can admire the marvellous Villa La Rotonda by Palladio.
    Ferri says:
    not much traffic and a route through green countryside, short yet challenging ascents before the final descent… arms up towards the sky and dream of winning, Vicenza is the finishing line!

    8. Vicenza.
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

  • How to get there

    Vicenza is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 60 km, Treviso: 70 km, Venice: 90 km, Bergamo: 165 km, Milan: 250 km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero collaborates with numerous hire firms and different bike brands. For this tour you can choose between:

    - the basic GIROLIBERO RACING BIKE:
    aluminum frame with carbon fork;
    27 gear shimano tiagra front gear 32-38-50, rear gear 12-28;
    1 bottle cage;
    reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers).

    - SCULTURA MERIDA bikes with the following features: carbon frame top range;
    M size with TIAGRA GROUP;
    front gear 34-50, rear gear 12-28;
    1 bottle cage;
    reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers).

    Attention! Due to the lack of the carrier these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.
    Please read, fill in and sign the bike rental form.
    We remind you to bring you own pedal.

    The rental bike is provided with a reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers).

     

  • Accompanying material

    You receive all the information you need by mail. The Information Pack includes:

    • gps tracks
    • this tour notes
    • final tour details.


    On spot you will receive:

    • hotels’ vouchers
    • luggage labels
    • maps how to reach the hotels

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 330724 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 595 €

8 days / 7 nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

self-guided

 

Departures

every Saturday and Sunday from 25.03 to 21.10.17

 

Price per person

595 € 3/4* hotel Season 1

 

Seasons

Season 1: from 25.03 to 21.04 and from 2.10 to 21.10.17
Season 2: from 22.04 to 23.06 and from 7.09 to 1.10.17
Season 3: from 24.06 to 6.09.17

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast buffet
  • luggage transportation
  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)
  • ticket for ferry transfer (bike not included, approx. 4 €) on day 5
  • 7-days Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • GPS device

 

Supplements

200 € single room
70 € Season 2
120 € Season 3
200 € high-end road bike
120 € standard road bike with carbon fork
15 € helmet

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
55/85 € in Vicenza and Treviso
65/85 € in Mestre
from 90/150 € in Venice. On request night in Venice instead of Mestre.

 

Good to know

Special departures dates for at least 5 persons.

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