DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
1. Individual arrival in Venice and transfer to Vicenza.
2. Vicenza-Bassano del Grappa (80 km, +1000 m.).
We pedal from Vicenza through the Veneto countryside towards Sandrigo, the home of baccalà alla vicentina (Vicenza-style stockfish). Then on to Marostica, with its medieval castle and famous chessboard square. Finally we reach our destination, Bassano del Grappa, famous for its ancient covered wooden bridge and grappa. Welcome dinner with Wilier Triestina.
this is a fairly seesaw stage with short panoramic ascents through Vespaiolo vineyards and typical Marostica cherry orchards. Many champions train on these roads, including Pozzato, Ballan, Tosatto, Rebellin…let’s try to follow them!
3. Bassano-Passo Manghen–Predazzo (105 km, + 2300m.).
Late morning dedicated to a visit to the Wilier Triestina head offices, with time for a photo in the interesting Cycling Museum. We then reach Borgo Valsugana, overlooked by the mighty Passo Manghen, along the Brenta cycle track which goes around the Caldonazzo lake. We are all ready, at this point, to tackle the historic Charly Gaul ascent, set in its spectacular amphitheatre. Fast downhill stretch to Predazzo.
let’s take it easy uphill to Passo Manghen and enjoy the natural work of art all around us. Don’t waste your energy! You’ll need it for the last, really hard 5 km. The fastest of downhill rides and a few kilometres up and down will take us to Predazzo, tired but happy.
4. Predazzo–Alta Badia (60/110 km, +1600/2700 m.).
We start out along the cycle track that, surrounded by vegetation, at the very foot of the wonderful Dolomites, connects Predazzo with Canazei. After just a few kilometres we come to Passo Sella and Passo Gardena, with their challenging ascents. Our destination is the Badia Valley. The fittest can pedal right to the top of Valparola, then to Passo Campolongo, and go back to the Badia Valley.
the Fassa valley rises gently, but do not be tempted to hurry, better to save your energy for Passo Sella. Passo Gardena, further on, will be a piece of cake in comparison! Fast descent down to Corvara, in the Badia Valley. The bravest can ride up and over Passo Valparola, down to Arabba and complete the final difficult ascent to Passo Campolongo. Once at the top, you can consider yourself truly satisfied: there is no better training for the Granfondo Wilier!
5. Alta Badia-Trento (125 km, +1495m).
Today starts with the Passo Campolongo climb followed by the legendary Cima Pordoi. Then down into the Fassa Valley to Cavalese and on to Egna-Ora and Trento.
an exciting stage! After just a few kilometres we will be sky high at Passo Campolongo. And then we reach Passo Pordoi, where memorable cycling battles have taken place over the years: after Coppi and Bartali, Gimondi and Merckx, Hinault, Bugno, Indurain, Pantani and Contador, now it's our turn! A long descent takes us finally to Trento, the perfect antidote to yesterday's effort.
6. Trento, round tour (92 km, +900 m.).
This is a wonderful panoramic route, along cycle tracks leading to Riva del Garda, the fittest among us riding up Monte Bondone or around the Terlago lake. We can stop and relax a while on its banks, enjoying some excellent local food in one of the many trattorias in the historical centre. The uphill stretch to Nago is really difficult, but we can then reach Rovereto and Trento on a fabulous cycle track along the Brenta river. Alternatively, there is the Monte Bondone uphill time trial, which will earn you a place on the Sunday grid of honour.
I would recommend that fittest test their performance with the Monte Bondone uphill time trial: this challenge is a really exciting experience! Those who feel tired or do not enjoy racing against the clock can slowly pedal for a couple of hours along the Adige cycle track. This must be an active recovery day, without overdoing it.
7. Trento, round tour (50 km, +300 m.).
Handing out of competitor packs and final preparations for the competition tomorrow. You can visit lovely Trento with its famous historical city centre or relax along the Brenta cycle track, or go up to Palù di Giovo, the pretty birthplace of Francesco Moser and Gilberto Simoni.
a short detox outing and then… put your feet up and rest! Pasta for dinner, the bigger the portion the better. Sleep well!
8. Granfondo Charly Gaul.
Top speed…enjoy the effort and the company of thousands of friends pedalling with you!
After breakfast, end of service
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
2250 € 4* hotels
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- breakfast buffet
- 8 dinners (drinks excluded)
- 6 snacks along cycling tours
- Gianluca Catignani as cycling guide and technical advisor
- luggage transport
- support van
- mechanical assistance
- Granfondo Wilier Charly Gaul registration fee
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
195 € single room
195 € high-end road bike rental
15 € helmet rental
Monday 14.07.14. - 22.07.14