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Cycling in the road bike land

A tour in the land of cycling, where many champions were born and trained and home to some of the most prestigious companies in the sector. You can put yourself to the test with long ascents, like Mount Grappa and reward yourself then with the delights of this area: Prosecco from the Treviso hills, truffles from the Colli Berici and seafood from Venetian cuisine. In this way you can combine a passion for cycling with pleasures for the palate and the eyes.
  • Day by Day

    1. Individual arrival in Vicenza

    Vicenza is the city of racing bikes and home to many professional cyclists.It is a city of art and industry, 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.

     

    Ferri says:

    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 to Mount Grappa, where epic battles were fought during 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. 

    Variation (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.

     

    Ferri says:

    a wonderful route if the weather is good. In bad weather, come down from Mount Grappa via Camposolagna-Campo Croce-Crespano: the descent from the top of Grappa to Valdobbiadene is demanding and can be dangerous when it rains.

     

    4. Treviso – Treviso (100 km, + 1,300 m, 4 h)

    A tough circular route with continual uphill–downhill stretches through the Montello and Prosecco hills. In the lovely Vittorio Veneto you can take a break before heading back to Treviso.

     

    Ferri says:

    today the scenery is still breathtaking, through vineyards and woods, along roads where many Treviso-based professional cyclists train. This stage partly follows the world Treviso circuit, won by Joop Zoetemelk, ahead of Greg Lemond and Moreno Argentin. Pace yourselves otherwise you might find it difficult to reach your hotel!

     

    5. 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.

     

    Ferri says:

    an easy stage, on the flat, dominated by the scent of the sea and sand.

     

    6. Chioggia – Abano Terme (100 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h)

    The stage starts with 40 km of flat cycling along the rivers to Monselice. From here you come to the Euganean Hills regional park, where you find continual ascents and descents, some hard, and delightful little towns such as Arquà Petrarca. This stage ends in Abano Terme, a renowned spa resort.

     

    Ferri says:

    pay attention to the wind during the first part and pace your pedalling, as the last part is winding with some arduous ascents and up to 3-4 km long. Today’s stage is another classic for professionals on the Giro del Veneto.

     

    7. Abano Terme – Vicenza (100 km, + 1,300 m, 4 h)

    You leave the Euganean Hills behind you and cycle to Ponte di Barbarano, where the road starts to rise and fall a dozen times, through the Colli Berici. Down towards Costozza and after a few km on the level, as you come into Vicenza, you can admire the marvellous Villa La Rotonda by Palladio.

     

    Ferri says:

    not much traffic and a route through green countryside, short yet challenging ascents before the final descent… arms up towards the sky and dream of winning, Vicenza is the finishing line!

     

    8. Vicenza

    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

  • How to get there

    Vicenza is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 60 km, Treviso: 70 km, Venice: 90 km, Bergamo: 165 km, Milan: 250 km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

     

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.  

    You will be accommodated in mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels. All rooms have en suite facilities and air-conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero collaborates with numerous hire firms and different bike brands. For this tour you can choose between:

     

    The basic GIROLIBERO roadbike with the following features:

    • aluminium frame with carbon fork;
    • 20 or 27 gear Shimano Tiagra;
    • 23 mm wheels;
    • flat pedals (you can decide to bring your own pedals).

     

    MERIDA bike with the following features:

    • carbon frame top range;
    • Shimano 105 or Ultegra group: 50 X 34 front gear, 12-28/32 rear gear;
    • 25 mm wheels;
    • no pedals: please bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

     

    Due to the lack of rear rack these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.

     

    We remind you that you are responsible for the rental bikes and its accessories during the whole tour. Bicycles must be always locked and possibly secured to a pole, even for short pauses.

     

    The rented bike is provided with:

    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 combination lock
    • reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers)

     

    We remind you to bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket (bike transport ticket not included)
    • Travel Guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour
    • GPS tracks and maps of the itinerary

     

  • By your side

    Only if you have booked a rental bike, you will meet our representative in Vicenza who will deliver you the bike and will be at your disposal for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 595 €

8 days / 7 nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

Every Saturday and Sunday from 23.03 to 26.10.2019

Special departures dates for at least 5 people.

 

Price per person

595 € in double room, mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels

 

Seasons

Season 1: 23.03-19.04 and 30.09-26.10.2019

Season 2: 20.04-21.06 and 5.09-29.09.2019

Season 3: 22.06-4.09.2019

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide, Maps
  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)
  • Ticket for ferry transfer on day 5 (bike not included)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • GPS device
  • Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"

 

Supplements

230 € single room

70 € Season 2

120 € Season 3

220 € high-end road bike

130 € standard road bike with carbon fork 

15 € helmet

 

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

55/85 € in Vicenza 

65/90 € in Mestre

from 90/150 € in Venice*

*on request night in Venice instead of Mestre.

 

Reductions

150 € 3rd person in room

 

Good to know 

If you booked a rental bike, please remember to bring your own pedals and gps device.

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