DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Cyclists make their own way to Pisa.
2. Pisa-Lucca (70 km, + 960 m, 4 h).
You leave Pisa, heading for San Giuliano Terme, cycle around Monte Serra and tackle the ascent up the Buti side, the historic testing bench for professional cyclists such as Bartoli, Ulrich and Contador. The road climbs evenly and there is a unique view from the top: the Tyrrhenian Sea with the islands of Elba and Giglio. You then follow a slightly winding route towards Lake Massaciuccoli, ending this stage in wonderful Lucca.
the view from the top is amazing and while pedaling up the Buti side you come across a whole load of cyclists with one eye on their stopwatch. Enjoy this legendary ascent and challenge the great names, remembering however that today is only your first day. Make frequent use of gear ratio 34-26.
3. Lucca-Florence (100 km, + 610 m, 4 h).
From Lucca the road seesaws up and down until a long descent takes you down to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, where you can visit the museum dedicated to this genius. Afterwards, you tackle the Vittolini ascent that takes you to Florence where we’ll wait for the riders' arrival after the World Championship time-trial.
this is a very pleasant route, the ascents are pretty easy and it’s worth forgetting times and enjoying a slice of history (a must visit is Vinci and the home of Leonardo).
In the afternoon will be great day! We will wait the best rider in the world along the road; we are able to enjoy their great training session. This evening, Florentine steak for dinner with a glass of good Chianti: tomorrow you’ll need your legs!
4. Florence-Siena along the Eroica (90 km, + 1,700 m, 5 h).
Today you’ll cycle along the “Eroica” roads that are at times not paved, through wonderful hilly countryside. Ascents are tough, due both to their gradient and the difficulty of cycling on unmade roads. Arrival is in Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Variant (70 km). Without the Eroica road.
Ferri says: on unmade roads you need excellent cycling skills and above all spare tyres-punctures are par for the course here! Careful with descents on non-asphalt stretches too. Despite its difficulties, the Eroica roads are the ones I recommend: the silence, the absence of traffic, the feeling you get of pedaling in a 1930 atmosphere, are emotions not to be missed.
5. Siena-Montalcino-Pienza-Siena (120 km, + 1,200 m, 5 h).
A route that follows the Cassia road south to the wonderful town of Montalcino. After about 40 km, the ascent that takes you up to the town is intimidating, but it opens up into the most fabulous panorama and once at the top your reward is a glass of good wine, bread and salami. The rest will get you ready to tackle the next uphill-downhill stretch that takes you to Pienza and then back to Siena.
Variant (70 km).
my favourite stage: here we combine (pleasant) effort with unique views, great wines and local culinary specialties. Stopping to eat in Montalcino or Pienza is almost obligatory!
6. Siena-Florence (113 km, + 770 m, 4.30 h).
Along the provincial road you come to Colle Val d’Elsa and then head towards San Gimignano, the marvellous city dominated by its fourteen medieval towers. The stage continues along secondary roads, bringing you to back to Florence.
a demanding route, uphill to the 60 km mark, then much easier until Florence. This is a stage, very beautiful and peaceful, excellent for making memories of Tuscany.
7. Florence-World Championship.
This morning will be dedicated to the visit of Florence, and from 12 pm we’ll wait for the group arrival: here's the most important one-day race of the year, it will surely be a wonderful party! After the podium ceremony we'll make our way back to the hotel.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
1755 € 2/3/4* hotels
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- breakfast buffet
- 7 dinners (drinks excluded)
- 6 snacks along cycling tours
- Andrea Ferrigato as Local Tour Leader
- luggage transport
- support van
- mechanical assistance
- World Cycling Championship view
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
195/140 € single room
245/175 € high-end road bike rental
15 € helmet rental
EXTRA NIGHTS WITH BREAKFAST IN PISA:
60 € double room
90 € single room
DEPARTURE: Monday 23.09.13. – 30.09.13