The monument to Tullio Campagnolo at the Croce d'Aune pass. It was on this pass that he thought up the quick release as a result of difficulties that he had on a race here.
"I remember the first time I saw the Campagnolo monument. It was about two weeks after the 9/11 tragedy. We climbed the Croce d'Aune in September fog, our voices strangely muffled. It was a beautiful and eery experience. The monument, shrouded in mist, was spectacular.
We ate in a nearby restaurant, famished from the long climb. As we sat there, several of the locals in the restaurant gathered around us. They had little english and we had little Italian. However, they put their arms on us and repeated with emotion, 'so sorry, so sorry'. I love the Italians." -Weaver Lilley
The Italian Cycling Center offers an inexpensive and flexible European bicycling vacation for tourists and fitness riders. Our daily rides, at different ability levels, accommodate couples and groups who cycle at a different pace, or who have different expectations from cycling.
A different concept- Rather than travel from town to town, with the inconvenience of daily packing and moving, we operate from a base located in an area with exceptional cycling. We don’t concentrate on wine tasting, expensive Epicurean meals, and luxurious lodgings, rather we focus on providing cycling that is appropriate for each rider’s abilities and interests. Our cycling is challenging and our prices are moderate, not the other way around. By keeping marketing expenses minimal, and locating away from crowded tourist destinations, we are able to provide comfortable accommodations and outstanding meals at a lower cost than most European cycling tours.
Climate- Unlike in regions further south, the nearby Alps keep the summers from being uncomfortably hot. Daytime temperatures range from 60° to 85°. There is little rainfall from mid-June to mid-September. July and August have the best conditions for cycling, with clear blue skies and the least traffic on the roads.
Non-cycling companions are welcome and can have a fulfilling vacation enjoying various activities. By participating in the daily rides as a passenger on the camp scooter, a non-cyclist can see and enjoy the spectacular countryside, challenging climbs, and works of art that the cyclists enjoy.
A popular afternoon activity with both cyclists and non-cyclists alike, is an afternoon hands-on working session in the kitchen with Angela, our chef, learning to make gnocchi and other Italian specialties.
The new spa is a wonderful way to relax after a demanding ride and is located nearby. More information.
Flexibility- Schedule any length of stay, for whatever dates you prefer, May through September. Trip insurance is not necessary since prepayment is not required and no dates are ever canceled. If you wish to do additional travel, during or after your stay, you may store your bicycle and extra luggage at our facilities.
The daily rate per person is €120 for double occupancy, and €135 for single occupancy at the Residence. Add €15 to stay at our hotel. The fee includes the ride, lodging, and three exceptional meals (including wine and bottled water) at our hotel’s restaurant. There are no “wine kitties” or hidden charges.
Rental bikes- Your rides will be safer and more enjoyable if you ride your own bike. However, if you cannot take a bike to Italy, good quality road bikes with compact cranksets or triple chainrings are available for rent from a local bike shop for €25 a day. Allow plenty of time to arrange for availability of the proper size on your dates. The bike shop will have your rental bike waiting in the bike room when you arrive.
How to get there- Venice and Treviso have the closest airports to the Italian Cycling Center. Non-stop flights to Venice are offered from JFK and Atlanta by Delta, and from Philadelphia by US Airways. Ryanair offers inexpensive flights from England to Treviso. We can arrange transportation to and from these airports at any time of day.
To make a reservation see the Reservations page.
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