DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
1. Peschiera del Garda.
Cyclists make their own way to Peschiera del Garda, a treasure trove of art and architecture surrounded by water.
2. Peschiera del Garda-Cima Veleno (90 km, + 1,390 m, 5 h).
We follow the lakeside to Assenza di Brenzone, where the new Italian cyclist’s mecca starts: Cima Veleno, an 8 km ascent with a gradient that reaches 20% at certain points. Down towards Garda, this beautiful town on the lake and then the same route back to Peschiera. If you don’t want to tackle such a difficult climb you can go to Caprino Ve- ronese and pedal up from Ferrara di Monte Baldo: here the view over Lake Garda is magnificent.
Another even easier alternative: cycle to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet and then enjoy a day’s retail therapy and culture.
the Cima Veleno ascent is pretty awesome, only for the really expert (and lovers of very hard work). You’ll need a 34-29 gear ratio... other- wise you’ll have to get off and walk! The ascent up to Ferrara di Monte Baldo is also lovely, offering a panorama very reminiscent of the Swiss mountains, with cows and large expanses of green meadows.
3. Peschiera del Garda-Desenzano del Garda-Salò (90 km, + 680 m, 4 h).
Today’s stretch takes you to Salò and continues with a round trip on gently rolling moraine hills. For those feeling under par, this town offers plenty of chances to relax on the lakeside.
there’s a fine ascent that takes you from Desenzano to Polpenazze del Garda: you can put your all into it because it’s followed by a long easy descent into Salò.
4. Peschiera del Garda-Torri del Benaco (70 km, + 600 m, 3 h).
The road runs along the lakeside and rises northwards through the towns of Lazise, Bardolino and Garda. When you get to Torri del Benaco, you climb to Castion Veronese, with hills of olive trees keeping you company the whole way.
Ferri says: a very pleasant route along the lakeside with lovely scenery and the climb up to Castion Veronese is really easy: enjoy the view!
5. Peschiera del Garda-Negrar (70 km, + 680 m, 4 h).
The road follows the Policella valley, famous for its good wine and numerous wineries. After having tackled the great ascent that leads to Negrar, you can stop at the Colà spa and recharge your batteries with a swim.
a very uphill-downhill route with five medium difficult ascents of about 3-4 km each. An excellent route for the scenery and to work your legs. A stop to relax your muscles at the Colà spa is a must.
6. Peschiera del Garda, round tour (70 km, + 320 m, 3 h).
Penultimate day on the saddle through orchards and vineyards of Lugana, the still white local wine. You come to Solferino, site of the famous battle that marked the end of the Second War of Independence.
this stage in the hills surrounded by the scents of the countryside is easy and pleasant, on secondary roads with very little difference in altitude. Take it easy, today is the last day before the long awaited Granfondo Colnago!
7. Granfondo Colnago – Desenzano sul Garda.
Desenzano del Garda has a whole series of breath-taking landscapes to enchant, now and in the future, the most demanding cyclists. The Granfondo has three options for all riding levels with short, medium and long courses. The longest course of course has many technical climbs with just the right gradient difficulty to put the cyclists hearts and legs to the test.
Top speed…enjoy the effort and the company of thousands of friends pedaling with you!
8. Peschiera del Garda.
After breakfast, end of services.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
1950 € 3* hotel
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
- visit to Bike Expo
- Granfondo Colnago registration fee
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
198 € single room
80 € high season supplement (25.05-22.09.13)
245 € high-end road bike
15 € helmet
Extra nights with breakfast:
55 € double room in Peschiera
85 € single room in Peschiera
65 € double room in Verona
85 € single room in Verona
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
local hotel taxes, to be paid on the spot.
DEPARTURES: 16.09.13 – 23.09.13