DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Cyclists make their own way to Pisa.
2. Pisa-Lucca-Montecatini-Terme-Florence (115 km, + 1600 m, 5.30 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 the wonderful Lucca. 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.
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. This evening, Florentine steak for dinner with a glass of good Chianti: tomorrow you’ll need your legs!
3. Florence–Siena along the Eroica (90 km, + 1,700 m, 5 h).
Today you’ll cycle on the “Eroica” roads that are at times not asphalted, 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.
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 1930 are emotions not to be missed.
4. Siena-Montalcino-Montepulciano (78 km, + 1,200 m, 4 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 to Montepulciano.
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!
5. Montepulciano - Orvieto (89 km, + 800 m, 4.30 h).
Along the provincial road you come to Colle Val d’Elsa and then head towards Orvieto, in the marvelous city dominated by its majestic cathedral. A medieval town at the top of a cliff that resembles more a mushroom top. This stage will be part of your memory for a long time and you will certainly want to come back someday with other friends, in order to share such a rewarding experience.
a demanding route, with ups and downs along the Tuscany countryside, but extremely rewarding sceneries of valleys and many vineyards. This is the last stage, very beautiful and peaceful, excellent for making memories of Tuscany.
6. Orvieto Round Tour and transfer to Rome (45 km, 1.30 h).
Along the provincial road you can loop around Orvieto, in the extreme south of the Umbria region and get your legs ready for the last great event of the year in the Italian Granfondo`s calendar.
This day you can opt to just stroll around Orvieto and enjoy this medieval town, or go for a short ride, before our transfer to Rome.
7. Granfondo Campagnolo di Roma (Medium - 115 Km, or Long - 172 Km).
the most striking context in the world: Rome, with its wonders and its history. From the Baths of Caracalla to the Roman castles, passing the Colosseum, the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the Appian Way. Courses that pass through history. Thousands of participants on two courses for you to choose.
a spectacular route with some demanding climbs up the Roman castles and the Via dei Laghi, then much easier in the last 40 km with a long descent to Rome. The last part of the Granfondo will enter in the cobble section of Via Appia and then Via Ardeatina, just as the original course of the Giro del Lazio, one of the major professional race courses that was part of the Pro-Tour calendar some years ago.
Departure after breakfast.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
2250 € 3/4* hotels
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- breakfast buffet
- 7 dinners (drinks not included)
- 6 snacks along cycling tours
- Ferri as Local Tour Leader
- Support van in the area
- luggage transportation
- Granfondo di Roma registration fee.
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
198 € single room
245 € high-end road bike rental
15 € helmet rental
DEPARTURES: from 07.10.13 to 14.010.13.