DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
1. Individual arrival in Venice and transfer to Vicenza
Vicenza is the 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.
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.
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 requires concentration as it is quite technical.
4. 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.
an easy stage, on the flat, dominated by the scent of the sea and sand.
5. Chioggia-Forli (120 km, + 1,000 m, 5 h).
The stage will be mainly flat coasting the Adriatic sea, with some ups and downs passing through Comacchio, in the Delta del Po regional park and magnificent historical cities like Ravenna.
Enjoy this flat ride to Forli and prepare your legs for the Granfondo La Magnifica.
6. Forli round Tour or ride to Cesenatico (50 km or 80 km,).
Handing out of competitor packs and final preparations for the competition tomorrow. You can ride to lovely Cesenatico, the city of Marco Pantani, and visit the museum dedicated to Marco Pantani.
not much traffic and a route through green countryside.
7. Granfondo La Magnifica - Bianchi.
Top speed…enjoy the effort and the company of thousands of friends pedaling with you! You will enjoy a route that resembles in many ways the northern classic Liege-Bastone-Liege and finish in a triumphant way just like the Paris-Roubaix in Forli’s velodrome (Glauco Servadei).
Departure after breakfast.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
2190 € 8days/7 nights tour, 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
- 12-hours- ticket for Venice public transport
- Granfondo La Magnifica registration fee
SUPPLEMENTS per PERSON:
195/140 € single room
245/175 € high-end road bike
15 € helmet
Extra nights with breakfast in Forli:
60 € double room
90 € single room
Monday 08.09.2013 - 16.09.2013